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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: October 2017

October is an unpredictable month for birding, it is probably the best month of the year for real rarities, but these usually appear at the various extremities of the UK. Things are usually quieter in London, but with seasonal migration ongoing, together with the possibility of movement related to cold weather, unusual birds can be […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: September 2017

September is a month when birds are migrating, which always brings hope of interesting birds. Summer visitors continue to leave, and our winter birds continue to arrive. In addition to this, post-breeding dispersal can bring new visitors, as young birds leave their families to set up territories of their own. This particular September wasn’t a […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: August 2017

August is always an interesting month at Woodberry Wetlands, with the possibility of unusual birds migrating through. Wader passage continues and from around the middle of august passerine migration gets underway. Wading birds did indeed provide the two major highlights of the month, firstly on the 13th a green sandpiper (picture 1 below) was present […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: July 2017

In July many birds continue to raise young, whilst some birds which have already finished breeding activity migrate south. This means we lose some of our summer visitors, but a few of our winter birds are starting to return. In addition, passage migrants (birds which breed north of here but spend the winter in mainland […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: June 2017

June is probably the least likely month of the year to see a rare bird at Woodberry Wetlands. It is the height of the breeding season so we tend to only see the birds that breed here, or very close to here. Having said that, in birding it is prudent to expect the unexpected. Many […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: May 2017

The month of May sees the tail-end of spring migration, and all of our regular summer visitors are now here. Much activity relating to breeding occurs, including a happy event for the resident pair of mute swans (main picture above): nine cygnets hatched on May 6th and all nine were alive and well at the […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: April 2017

The birding year hots up through April as migration reaches its peak. Most summer visitors arrive here during this month and rarities can be expected from passage migrants. There is further interest from courtship (e.g. great crested grebes in main photo above), nesting activity, and the first juvenile birds start to appear. In a frenetic […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: March 2017

In the birdwatching year March is a month of great change. Winter visitors are moving off north to their summer breeding grounds, and towards the end of the month our summer visitors start to arrive. The new arrivals settle in to new territories and fill the site with bird song as they try to attract […]

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Wild Weekend Festival – First birthday celebration with FREE entry!

Sat, 29/04/2017 – 9:00am – Sun, 30/04/2017 – 6:00pm Experience London’s wild side with a weekend of free, wildlife-themed events at Woodberry Wetlands, an expansive nature reserve created from a freshwater reservoir previously closed to visitors for nearly 200 years. The site is now a popular visitor attraction, with reedbeds and wildflowers providing a rare […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: February 2017

February is one of the months where little or no bird movement associated with migration occurs. This means that the likelihood of finding any unusual birds is low unless there is a period of severe weather. There was a short cold snap in early February which provided the major highlight of the month, when on […]

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