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March 2018

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Less than 50 days to go till the launch of the Bromley Swift Survey

Less than 50 days to go till the launch of the Bromley Swift Survey

In May our swifts will be arriving back in Britain - no doubt relieved to make it after an arduous 7,000 mile journey from Mozambique in southern Africa.

These amazing birds can still be seen performing their aerial acrobatics over our borough's towns. But they're fast disappearing from our skies.

You can help by joining our survey. No prior experience or knowledge is needed. We will give you a local area to survey and ask you to take a few short walks over the summer and let us know where you see any swifts.

Together, we can find out where they are still nesting and take steps to protect them.

If you are interested, please email bromleyrspbrecords@gmail.com or call 07392 790 719.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

If you go down to the woods today...

If you go down to the woods today...

Local ecologist Jamie Fletcher has been studying the birdlife of two of Bromley's woods: Cuckoo Wood and Blacklands Wood. Both form part of High Elms Country Park near Orpington. Jamie reveals in fantastic detail the variety of birds that can be found in these woods and how this changes with the seasons. The star breeding species recorded in Cuckoo Wood was marsh tit, whilst brambling and siskin were also recorded during winter in early 2017. The most notable confirmed breeding species recorded in Blacklands Wood during 2017 were bullfinch, song thrush and stock dove. The numbers of some of these birds have declined nationally, especially marsh tit and song thrush, so it's great news that they are breeding in Bromley's woodland.

So if you go down to the woods today you might just be in for a big surprise! Who knows what birds you might encounter - be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled.

The next few months are an ideal time for a woodland walk. In March our resident songbirds are starting to sing to set up their territories and find a mate. In April and May they will be joined in the chorus by summer visitors from Africa, like blackcap - known as the "northern nightingale" because of the beauty of its song.

You can find links to the two reports in our article on High Elms Country Park (see the Places to See Birds section of our website).

On Wednesday 2 May we will be partnering with Screen25, an independent cinema in South Norwood, on a screening of a stunning new documentary film that unravels the mystery behind the world's vanishing songbird population and questions what this means for humankind's own future. Visit: https://www.screen25.com/whats-on/the-messenger to buy tickets.