Songbirds

Yellow hammer (Emberiza citrinella)

Yellow hammer (Emberiza citrinella)

Through breeding bird and winter flock surveys and nest recording, we're finding that the scrubland habitat in the southern block is providing a range of habitats for birds. Scrub nesting nightingales, yellowhammers and lesser whitethroat, through to ground nesting willow warblers and skylarks, the the Wildland is alive with song and birds feeding their young in the spring and summer. In the autumn we see the importance of the Wildland as a staging post for migrant birds as they embark on their journeys south for the winter. Berries and insects found in the scrub provide a crucial food source for these birds as they build up layers of fat before they migrate. Bird ringing in the scrub has turned up some really interesting species that we just wouldn't have known about otherwise...grasshopper warbler and tree pipit, for example. In the autumn and winter, we find fieldfare and redwing roosting in the scrub, and they can be seen feeding on the scrubland berries and insects in the more open pastures during in the day.