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
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
We have been looking for local Curlews since 2012, when we found around 13 pairs. The 9 pairs found in 2017 represents a 31% decline in only six years. As far as we know, only one young fledged. Curlews are in danger of disappearing altogether, unless action is taken to help them.
There was better news of breeding Lapwings in 2017. We found 2-4 pairs, the first for 3 years, all near Hollywaste.
- Full detailed reports on the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 surveys compiled by Leo Smith are available here:
Everyone interested in birds is welcome at all meetings and events.
Anyone who wishes to take part should contact Leo Smith. We need more helpers so please get involved if you can.
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 confirmed local sightings of barn owls; contact Chris, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page updated: 03/02/2018 by CB