Environmental projects 2009

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Environmental projects 2009

  1. 1. Environmental Projects 2009 2009 focused on the rare bird, the Pied Flycatcher. Pied Flycatchers are amber listed under the UK conservation categories because of steep declines in their population in recent years (around 44%). They are closely associated with oak woodland such as that found on the Ercall and take readily to nest boxes, so the volunteers had high hopes that the majority of the nest boxes would be occupied. The specific objectives were: • To increase he breeding population of the Pied Flycatcher in the Wrekin and Ercall Woodlands. • To achieve a stable and viable pied flycatcher breeding population on the eastern fringe of its breeding range in Shropshire. • Install 30 nest boxes in the Wrekin and 30 nest boxes in the Ercall Woodland. • Check and repair existing nest boxes in Limekiln Wood to ensure a stock of 20 nest boxes. On 10th and 17th March volunteers at Ricoh constructed the nest boxes from locally sourced sustainable wood. 5 volunteers gave up their time and a total of 30 hours was spent constructing the boxes alone. Three days were spent installing the nest boxes in the various locations around Telford; 24th March, 31st March ad 03rd April. 9 volunteers gave up their time to hike, climb and scramble around woodlands in order to erect these boxes. A survey was carried out in June 2009 in order to measure the success of installation of boxes. The programme exceeded the expectations of the project’s ornithologist, with most of the boxes having hosted a nest of Pied Flycatcher, Blue Tits or Great Tits. The pied Flycatchers that were found were ringed with identification rings in order for them to be tracked in the future and their breeding monitored. The results were surprisingly impressive with 10 pairs of Pied Flycatchers recorded and ringed with identification bands for future tracking. • In the Wrekin woodland 7 pairs with 44 young were recorded; • In the Ercall Woodland, 1 pair with 6 young was recorded; • In the Limekiln Woods 2 pairs were spotted.

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