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BREEDING SEASON EXCLUSIONS.

As of now through the duration of the breeding season all schedule one birds , red status birds and birds of a sensitive nature to this area will be omitted from the blog or reported as undisclosed site due to the widespread persecution of nesting birds by unscrupulous parties including game keepers and egg collectors.
Any of the above species that are obviously on passage through the area will be reported as normal.
This also applies to wildlife such as Roe Deer, Badger and Hares which are badly under threat from poaching and long dogging in the area at present and unfortunately this exclusion of wildlife will have to continue throughout the year.
Just another sign of the times.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Raggalds Flood/Pit Lane

A bright clear day with blue skies and sunshine on a light SE>3 up here in the gods with all the fog low lying down in the valleys.
With a near full timetable of child minding this afternoon I checked Raggalds Flood and Pit Lane in passing just after midday anticipating the fog to lift from the valley and engulf us by late afternoon which is exactly what it did.
                                        The Lapwing count was down from yesterdays 231 to 127 today and no sign of DWs Golden Plover found this a.m. Otherwise there were around 100 Starlings on the field.
Raggalds Flood held another 4 Lapwing, 3 BH gull , 1 pr Mallard and a single female Teal tucked away in the sw corner of the water which is now rapidly drying up and without rain this week it will probably be gone by the weekend. My first Little Owl at this site was on the rubbish pile beyond the water.
A good influx of Starlings around the village with numbers built up from immigrants from continental europe.
BS

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