Heartwood Forest Wildlife Notes
The challenges for wildlife, presented by climate change, were clearly demonstrated by the weather we had in May. We had a very hot dry spell during much of the second half of the month but either side of it the weather was cold and wet. I fear that insects and the birds that depend on them for food, will have had a very difficult time.
During the hot weather the pond in the car park proved a real draw for birds, which provided excellent views for visitors. A large flock of Linnets was around and House Martins ( collecting mud for nesting ) and Swallows were also seen in good numbers. Nice to see some Swifts, which have suffered a rapid decline in their numbers, were also about.
Ken and Linda Smith managed to see a late staying Short-eared Owl on the 1st May, a very late sighting for this winter visitor. A cuckoo was heard calling in the middle of the month but didn’t seem to have stayed in the immediate area.
If you see any interesting wildlife at Heartwood Forest, please let me know so I can report it in these notes.
Geoff Horn email@example.com