A MIXED PICTURE FOR THE BREEDING BIRDS OF DENMARK FARM Guest blogpost written by Ian Morris This year a total of 36 species of bird were detected during a series of surveys. This compares with 39 in 2016 and 45 in 2012. The overall total number of breeding pairs has also declined very slightly over … Continue reading The Good, the Bad and the not so Ugly!
On a brief walk round the farm this morning 8 male Pied Flycatchers were located. This is a very high number for such a small site but actually rather low compared with a detailed survey in 2012 which found 16 territories. The reason for the apparent decline is hopefully due to the timing of the … Continue reading Denmark Farm pulls in the Birds!
It is advisable to have your nest box installed by November if you want it to be used the following year – this gives birds time to get used to it before the breeding season – although you can put them up as late as February. However, it may take several years before a new box … Continue reading Take part in Nest Box Week
We have been lucky to be part of an ambitious project to increase the very small breeding population of Kestrels in Ceredigion. Though still common in England, less than a hundred pairs breed in Wales. A limiting factor locally is thought to be a lack of suitable nest sites and with this in mind the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales has since 2008 been installing boxes throughout the county. Read more about the WTSWW North Ceredigion Kestrel Project Mike Hayward, Richard Hartnup and Steve Cuttle have now installed a box at Denmark Farm and we are hoping that the rodent rich grassland might be able to support a pair. All we can do now is wait with fingers crossed. Even if Kestrels are not attracted to the site other species such as … Continue reading Keen for Kestrels
The period between November and New Year is the best time to install new bird boxes and check existing ones. Birds will often start to inspect prospective sights by late winter. Of course, you can make your own but a wide range of types can be purchased designed to attract different species. If you are putting … Continue reading A bird box for life