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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: January 2017

In January, the best chance of seeing unusual birds is during an extended cold spell. Specifically, when the temperature is in the range -5 to -10⁰C in the London area, many bodies of water will be frozen over. However, the reservoir at Woodberry Wetlands may only be partially frozen, due to the flow of water […]

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Children’s artwork celebrates nature at Woodberry Wetlands

Talented pupils from Jubilee Primary School in Stoke Newington have created a stunning mural of their local nature reserve, Woodberry Wetlands, featuring London’s colourful wildlife and the reserve’s distinctive urban skyline. Pupils from several Jubilee classes visited Woodberry Wetlands last year as part of London Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wild about Learning’ outdoor education sessions, funded by […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: December 2016

December is a month where interesting birds are likely to turn up during periods of very cold weather. The weather remained particularly mild throughout December, which would ordinarily signal a quiet month for birdwatching. However, this was far from the case and December was arguably the most interesting birding month of the year at Woodberry […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: November 2016

November is generally a quiet month for birding, with little significant movement of birds occurring. Our winter visitors have arrived, and our summer visitors are now long gone until next year. High water levels in the reservoir throughout the month were not entirely favourable from a birdwatching perspective, yet during November we had sightings of […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: October 2016

October is a time of great excitement amongst birders, as a higher concentration of rare birds compared to any other month generally arrive in the UK. Most of the action takes place around the coast and on the smaller British islands, where migrants from the US, Scandinavia and Siberia can arrive. At an inland site […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: September 2016

In birdwatching terms, September is a month of change: summer migrants continue to leave on their long journey south, winter migrants start to arrive from the north, and passage migrants continue to pass through. Highlights at Woodberry Wetlands this month have included birds from all of these categories. The undoubted lowlight of the month was […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: August 2016

The month of August is generally one of the most exciting of the birdwatching calendar. Wader passage continues, and passerine migration gets underway. Whilst wader numbers were a bit disappointing as the water level in the reservoir continued to be high throughout August, several passerine migrants were recorded. In fact there were very few days […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: July 2016

July in birdwatching terms is often viewed as the second barren month of the summer after June, when many birdwatchers turn their attention to watching other wildlife such as dragonflies or butterflies.  However, the period from around mid-July to the end of August is wader passage season, when wading birds are returning south from their […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: June 2016

June is traditionally one of the quieter months of the birdwatching year. Birds are now breeding which means that not much movement of birds is occurring, so the likelihood of rarities is slim. The mixture of breeding habitat at Woodberry Wetlands – lagoons, reed-bed and woodland – means that a good variety of birds breed […]

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