News archive

October 2016

Friday, 14 October 2016

News from the RSPB's Weald reserves

The breeding season for birds is now at an end in the UK, so it's time for us to get cracking on this year's habitat management work. With the last of the nightjars heading back to Africa for the winter, we can now carry out the vital heathland enhancements without fear of disturbing nests. By ripping out pine saplings and removing invasive birch, we are maintaining the open habitat that our heathland species thrive in. We will also be in the woodlands diversifying the tree age structure and opening up sunny tracks and glades. This work involves the felling of trees, which whilst seems destructive, actually benefits a whole host of woodland plants and animals which depend on a varied woodland structure.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Latest reserves news


The breeding season for birds is now at an end in the UK, so it's time for us to get cracking on this year's habitat management work. With the last of the nightjars heading back to Africa for the winter, we can now carry out the vital heathland enhancements without fear of disturbing nests. By ripping out pine saplings and removing invasive birch, we are maintaining the open habitat that our heathland species thrive in. We will also be in the woodlands diversifying the tree age structure and opening up sunny tracks and glades. This work involves the felling of trees, which whilst seems destructive, actually benefits a whole host of woodland plants and animals which depend on a varied woodland structure

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Migration news

Migration news

Swallows continue to move through the Medway Valley, usually flying in small groups and feeding up before they set off for Africa. The BTO Migration Blogspot has weekly news on bird migration throughout the UK.

They report that 1,450 Swallows passed Christchurch Harbour, Dorset last week and there were counts of several hundred birds in other areas. Some House Martins are still feeding young but the majority are on the move south and over 1,000 were counted flying south past Filey, East Yorkshire.

With the westerly winds a number of birds have arrived in the UK from North America, including an Eastern Kingbird found on Barra in the Outer Hebrides, two Swainson's Thrushes, four Red-eyed Vireos and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

All but one of the active tagged BTO Cuckoos have crossed the Sahara and are currently to be found between Niger and Chad. Cuckoo "Larry" has jumped ahead of the rest and has reached the Republic of Congo. Cuckoo "Jack" is still in southernmost Italy but will be crossing the Mediterranean soon. Let's hope he makes it safely.