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 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.
Bird Group Planning Meeting Monday 25th March 2019 at 7.30pm
Recreation Rooms, 22a High Street, Clee Hill Village (next to the Village Post Office and Stores)
Results of the Curlews, Lapwings and Other Birds Survey 2012 – 18
Arrangements for the 2019 Survey (including who does which square)
Curlew nest protection and chick monitoring project
Barn Owl Nest Box Scheme
Monitoring Swift nest sites
Other events in 2019
Bird Walk Probably weekend of 6 – 7 April 2019 at 9.30am (date to be agreed at Planning Meeting)
If you’re interested, but can’t get to the meeting, contact Chris for details after 25th March. (Leader: Leo Smith). Meet at Cleeton St Mary Church. (OS Grid ref. SO611786).
A walk around the local pasture fields (good chance of seeing and / or hearing Curlew), and then onto the common (good chance of Kestrel, Red Kite, Stonechat, and Other Target Species).
This walk will also provide practical training for people who want to help with the Curlew, Lapwing and Other Birds Survey. Finish around 1.00pm.
Bird Walk for Bird Song – May 2019 – Date to be finalised
See, listen to, and identify the birds singing in the Novers Limeworks Wood.
Finish around 9.15am.
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 2012-2018
We have been looking for local Curlews since 2012, when we found around 13 pairs.
- 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