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Wildlife report for

     The Ingrebourne Valley 2016

   2016 was an average year for wildlife in the Ingrebourne Valley and its environments with the exception of the Barn Owl project which has exceeded its expectations.  All the Owl species were either seen passing through or successfully breeding here.  109 bird species were recorded over the year in the valley which corresponds with other years.     Notable birds breeding were; Hobby, Buzzard, Yellowhammer, all the other common birds did well also; Kestrel, Sparrow hawk, Warblers such as;  Cetti's, Reed, Sedge, and possibly Grasshopper Warbler which was calling for some time in the early summer.  Other birds of note seen in the valley were; Jack Snipe which are probably always there at times but very rarely comes out of cover.  Bearded Tits were more prominent this year with maybe 2 pairs at Berwick Ponds and another group which appeared at the viewing area in the autumn for a week, 1st time to be seen this end of the valley.  The Herons did well with around 6 nests being occupied (difficult to see).  This is good when you think that a few years ago some of the trees with nests in fell down, thankfully this was out of breeding season and about 10 nests remained from a total of nearly 20.  Some other birds seen on passage were; Redstart, Whinchat, Black-Tailed Godwit, Wood Sandpiper, Garganey, our only migrating Duck, Little-Ringed Plover, which may have bred, Greenshank, Bittern, Woodcock, Red Kite, 2016 saw a big increase of Red Kites over the Ingrebourne Valley.  The most popular animal seen besides the Rabbit was the Weasel with lots of sightings from all around the Parks.  Snakes are just about holding their own as are Lizard’s.  2016 was a bad year for Butterflies, which could be due to climate change.  Most of the usually abundant Butterflies appeared in small numbers with the exception of our colonies of White letter Hairstreaks and Green Hairstreaks which again did well, but their habitats must be protected.  To finish off with I must again mention on the conservation front the need to retain the right habitat for (all) species.

  Dave McGough.


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