If you are lucky enough to be taking an early spring walk in the woods between the storms, you may see some new blue-topped posts appearing around Fingle Woods. A joint project with the RSPB has hit the ground after two years of survey work and, now the breeding bird survey has provided the data, we are able to set out some woodland plots to study the more unusual species. The posts are marking fixed points for a photo archive project that will be monitoring the changing habitats of marsh tits, spotted flycatchers and pied flycatchers – all species that the RSPB are keeping a close eye on. The woodland management work is aiming to favour these birds and some follow-up surveys will tell us how they are reacting to the changes. We wish them luck!
by Matt Parkins