Birds

Birds

The bird species occurring on the meadow have been well documented. During the winter months the meadow habitat is mainly used as a resting and feeding ground for large flocks of Gulls, Starlings, Lapwings, Redwings, Fieldfares and occasionally Golden plover. The Song Thrushes also roost in the boundary hedges. Wading birds like Redshank and Snipe are seen regularly, but in small numbers.

The boundary hedgerow and riverine habitats are much richer in bird life during the summer months than the meadow itself. 35-40 species regularly breed around the meadow. Wren, Great tit, Blue tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Blackbird, Long- tailed tit, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Green and Greater spotted Woodpeckers are regular breeding species.  Skylarks can be heard and seen over the meadow where they nest from April till September. Overhead you may see Buzzard, Kestrel and occasionally Red kite .

Within the riverine habitats Moorhen, Mallard and Reed Bunting, Kingfisher, Grey and Pied wagtails regularly breed in small numbers. In winter, the boundary habitats provide roosting and feeding areas for many species, particularly tits and finches. Little Egrets, Mute Swan and Grey Heron are not uncommon along the river margins.

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