October 21, 2016


Friday 21st October 2016

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BRODSWORTH COMMUNITY WOODLAND (SE5207)4.30pm to 5.30pm – 5 Bullfinch, 3 Chaffinch SW, 1 Buzzard, 6 Cormorant E, c.10 Goldcrest, 20+ Goldfinch, 1 Grey Heron W, 4 Jay, 1 Lapwing NW, 1 Linnet SW, 1 Meadow Pipit SW, c.65 Pink-footed Geese SW @ 5.05pm; 3 Redpoll, 2 Skylark SW (Chris Robinson)

COVE FARM (Lincs) – 1 Bar-headed Goose (Col Neale)

DEARNE VALLEYBroomhill Flash (SE4102) –1 GREAT GREY SHRIKE left high to the W @ 10.20am (Per Barnsley BSG and Carl Dixon via Twitter)

DEARNE VALLEY Old Moor (SE4302) – 1 Kingfisher, 1 JACK SNIPE, 1 Snipe, 4 Mute Swan, 29 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 307 Coot, 1m PINTAIL, 10 Shoveler, 138 Wigeon, 51 Gadwall, 4 Cormorant, 16 Teal, 16 Mallard, 6 Lapwing, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 13 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 8 Moorhen, 160 Fieldfare W (Paul Gould per Twitter)

DON VALLEYThrybergh CP (SK4795 and SK4796) – 10 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 46 Canada Goose, 2 Pochard, 42 Tufted Duck, 85+ Lapwing, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 27 (2s) Skylark (13S); 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 (5s) Wren, 24 Dunnock, 32 (21s) Robin, 1 Goldcrest, 14 Magpie, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin (1S, 1E); 4 Bullfinch, 2 COMMON SCOTER (Per today’s SBSG-RECENT NEWS)

HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDSHatfield Moors area (SE7106D & SE6905X) – 35 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 2 Goldeneye, 32 Golden Plover, 300 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Redwing, 6 Snipe, 18 Whooper Swan (Col Neale and John Wozencroft). For further detail see today’s HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG)

IDLE VALLEYNewington Flash (S Yorks – SK6693) – 4 Dunlin, 2 RUFF, 1 Redshank (Steve Furber)

WENT VALLEYSouthfield Res (SE6519) – 27 GC Grebe, 67 Cormorant, 15 Whooper Swan S, 500+ Pink-footed Geese W, 1 MARSH HARRIER, 1 Kingfisher (Adrian Scutt)

WENT VALLEYWent Ings (SE6519) – 2 Little Egret (Adrian Scutt)

Government misses point in their response to recent Petition “Introduce a moratorium on the hunting of critically declining wading birds”.

Surely they should have asked themselves whether the shooting is actually adding to the birds’ problems. Here is there full response:
“It is unlikely that hunting has had a significant impact on recent population trends for woodcock, snipe and golden plover; trends are likely to be influenced more by the quality and extent of habitat

All wild birds are protected in accordance with the provisions set out in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, however, some species of birds (as listed in Schedule 2 of the Act) may be killed or taken outside the close season. Woodcock, snipe and golden plover are amongst those species that may be taken. In England and Wales the dates for woodcock are 1 October to 31 January; common snipe 12 August to 31 January; golden plover 1 September to 31 January.

Shooting is a legitimate activity and in addition to providing jobs and investment in some of our most remote areas, it can offer important benefits for wildlife and habitat conservation. The Government’s manifesto commits to protect shooting for the benefits it brings to individuals, the environment and the rural economy.

Recent data shows that the woodcock has a breeding population or around 78,000 pairs; common snipe 76,000 and golden plover between 38,000 and 59,000. Overwintering populations increase their numbers to approximately 1.4 million (woodcock), 1 million (common snipe) and 400,000 (golden plover). The numbers in winter are greatly increased as a result of birds arriving from Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Russia and many of our breeding birds (and their offspring) leave the country in winter.

For all three species, the numbers of birds hunted is small compared with the population present in the country during the open season.
When combined with the fact that many of our breeding birds winter abroad, it is unlikely that hunting pressure in this country has played a significant role in the recent downwards trends in the size and range of GB breeding populations of either woodcock or snipe. There is little evidence that the golden plover is currently in decline in GB as a whole.

The reasons for any declines are complex and include habitat loss as a result of land drainage, the drying out of natural woodlands, declining woodland management, the maturation of new plantations, overgrazing by deer, recreational disturbance and reductions in prey availability. The woodcock is currently red-listed due to breeding range decline in the past 25 years.

Measures have been taken to improve habitats through Environmental Land Management schemes such as the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, where grassland breeding waders have been specifically targeted. The woodcock will have benefited from Woodland Grant Schemes, some of which specifically target management for declining woodland birds.

The Government is not persuaded that the current level of hunting has a significant detrimental impact on the numbers of woodcock, common snipe and golden plover. A number of English estates have already instigated their own voluntary bans on the shooting of woodcock. Any moratorium in the rest of the UK is a matter for the devolved administrations.”

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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LOCALWeather: mainly cloudy with occasional clear and sunny spells. Visibility: moderate to poor until 7.00am; then moderate until 11.00am; then good until 9.00pm; then excellent until 9.00pm, then very good thereafter. Temperatures: +11.7° to +5.8°C. Wind: very light throughout, variable in direction but wholly from within the NW quarter, NW/NNW/N. Surface pressure at 0000UTC: starting the day on 1022hPa and falling through much of the day to end on 1020hPa. Fronts etc.: a weakening N/SSE occlusion moved over the District frm the E during the late evening.


2110MOON PHASE – Waning gibbous.
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