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Male snipe singing in the rain
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Danes Moss Breeding Bird Survey 2019

Danes Moss Breeding Bird Survey 2019

The fourth annual Breeding Bird Survey at Danes Moss starts on Monday 18 March and continues with five further Monday visits on 8 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July and 29 July. All visits start at 6.45 am from the Lyme Green Car Park (by the recently closed Homebase store) for a prompt 7.00 am start from the picnic area at the entrance to Danes Moss Reserve alongside the Macclesfield Canal, and should finish no later than 9.30 am.

Following a set route through the reserve we aim to identify and map as many of the birds we both see and identify by song. You don't need to worry if your identification or birdsong skills are not perfect as we work as a group and help each other out. In fact this is an excellent opportunity if you are a relative beginner to improve your birding skills.

Over the whole of last year 68 bird species were seen on the reserve and 48 species were identified during the period of the breeding bird survey. In particular, during the 2018 breeding bird season blackcap, bullfinch, chiffchaff, garden warbler, goldcrest, great spotted woodpecker, reed bunting, snipe, tawny owl, treecreeper, common whitethroat, willow tit and willow warbler were all seen on the reserve. If we go back to 2016 we can add barn owl, grasshopper warbler, hobby, kingfisher, pied flycatcher, common redstart, spotted flycatcher and water rail to the list.

If you would like to take part please contact Alan Brereton, aa.brereton@btinternet.com, T 01625 615628, M 07760 156153.

For details of the survey dates and directions please download the pdf link at the bottom of this page

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