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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: May 2019

The month of May here is mostly about breeding. The last of our summer visitors are also still arriving, particularly at the start of the month, and this is a time when passage migrants are also possible.   Clearly the highlight of the month was a male cuckoo which flew low over the reservoir on […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: April 2019

  April sees the peak of spring migration, as summer visitors return and passage migrants pass through. April usually proves to be the best birding month of the year here, and April 2019 saw enough highlights that this year will probably be no exception.   The first of four major highlights in the month was […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: March 2019

Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: March 2019   March is generally a busy birding month here. Winter visitors are leaving, summer visitors are arriving, and there is always the possibility of seeing passage migrants. The highlight of the month was a sand martin, which arrived on the morning of March 12th, doing a few circuits […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: February 2019

February was an exceptionally mild month, giving birds little reason to move from their winter grounds. Combined with high water levels throughout the month, this meant that highlights in February were few and far between. Shelduck continued to visit occasionally in small numbers during the first half of the month, though shoveler (picture 1 below) […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry Bird Highlights: January 2019

Extended cold spells are what brings in the rare birds at this time of year and these were lacking this month. We did have one significant highlight though, a female brambling (main picture above) was found along the woodland trail on the 13th. This species was fairly regular here until around ten years ago, but […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry Bird Highlights: December 2018

December was a quiet month for birding here, which is typical for a winter month with no cold spells. With no new-for-the-year birds being found, the total number of species seen here in 2018 ended up on 99, with firecrest and green sandpiper perhaps being the most surprising omissions, preventing us from getting into three […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry Bird Highlights: November 2018

Although November is generally a month of little bird movement, we did have a short period in the middle of the month which provided some of the major highlights of the year here. On the 16th, a winter-plumaged black-necked grebe (main picture above) was found over the road on the west reservoir. Although strictly just […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: October 2018

October can be a frustrating month for birding here at Woodberry Wetlands. Whilst it is the month when more very rare birds turn in the UK than any other, these birds are almost all around the coast and especially on the more remote British islands. Though things are more mundane on a small inland site, […]

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Autumn and Winter opening hours at Woodberry Wetlands

On Sunday 28th October 2018, we are changing to our winter opening and closing times at Woodberry Wetlands. Please check the updated timings below: East entrance (New River Studio gate): 9am-4pm Green gate: 9am – 4pm West entrance (Coal House gate) and boardwalk: 9am – 4:30pm Coal House Cafe: 9am-4pm (kitchen closes 3:30pm)   Image: […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: September 2018

September is a month of arrivals and departures, as we say goodbye to the last of our summer visitors and welcome more of our regular winter birds. Passage migrants can also still be occasionally seen during stop-offs on their southbound journeys. Only one new bird for 2018 was seen during September, when a wheatear was […]

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