DVS members were invited to join Wild About Datchet for a bird survey at Willowfields and The Land at Mill Place, the area behind the recreation ground, on Saturday 25 May, at 7.30am.
The survey was led by Brian Crathorne, a volunteer from the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, who has a remarkable talent for being able to identify birds from their songs and calls, he didn’t even need to see them. It was an interesting and informative walk even for those of us who didn’t know much about birds already but were keen to learn more. Around 25 different birds were identified.
Birds are an indicator species; the numbers and types of birds can tell us a lot about the condition of these areas and how well they can support wildlife. The results of this survey might help inform any future decisions about how best to manage the trees and scrub in that area.
You can see photographs from the Bird Survey Walk on the Gallery 2019 pages.
Wild About Datchet is a new community group which aims to discover, celebrate, improve and protect wild things and wild places in Datchet and the surrounding countryside. For more information or to join the group, email WildAboutDatchet@gmail.com. There is also a Facebook page, Facebook.com/groups/WildAboutDatchet