Clee Hill Bird Group

The Clee Hill bird group was established in February 2012 by Leo Smith with the initial aim of surveying the local area for lapwing, curlew and other target bird species. Such surveys have been completed each year since (see full reports below), and the group will be repeating the same survey again each year in the foreseeable future. The bird group will also develop other activities and events as members wish.

Curlew and Lapwing Surveying

Curlew in flight

Lapwing and Curlew are declining rapidly, in the Clee Hill area and elsewhere. The Bird Group set out to find out how many are left here. We also looked for another 19 target species. Most of these birds are easy to recognise, so volunteers needed interest and enthusiasm rather than expertise. They were asked to visit an Ordnance Survey map square three times between the end of March and mid June, for around three hours each visit. Survey maps and instructions were provided, and some joined us on an outdoor practical training session before the start.

Lapwing and Curlew survey 2012-2017

The survey has been repeated each year since 2012, with good levels of participation by local people, and increasing knowledge of the population and distribution of the main target species. The 2016 Report shows that no Lapwing were found in the area, and the Curlew population has declined by 4 pairs (31%) since 2012. This result needs checking, so the Lapwing and Curlew Survey has been repeated in 2017.

  • Full detailed reports on the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 surveys compiled by Leo Smith are available here: 

  2012 Report        2013 Report         2014 Report         2015 Report         2016 Report



Everyone interested in birds is welcome at all meetings and events. Programmes will be published  and posted on this website.

Anyone who wishes to take part should contact Leo Smith. We need more helpers so please get involved if you can.

Barn Owls


Barn Owl


For more information on helping local barn owls and getting involved in a nest box scheme please view this document. Please let us know about any local sightings of barn owls; contact Chris Bargman:  email:



Page updated: 27/11/2017 by CB