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Bird Club - come and join us!

If you have never given birdwatching a try do come along on the first Saturday of the month (meeting in the car park at 8am from April to October; slightly later at 8.30 am from November to March).

Membership is very informal–– just turn up and enjoy the birding walk. It is a healthy way of getting fresh air and exercise, and de-stressing while learning about birds.

We welcome new members of any age from beginners to life-time bird watchers. Sorry, no dogs

skylark_garth_cropped_250Photo: Skylark (Alauda arvensis) © Garth Peacock 2015

Long-term Survey of Breeding Birds

In February 2012, Bryan Davies and Robin Cox of Cambridgeshire Bird Club proposed a long term breeding bird survey on Magog Down.

Full reports of the first six years of this survey can be found here:

2017 Report

2016 Report

2015 Report

2014 Report

2013 Report

2012 Report

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Report of Stapleford Bird Club - January 2015

Our first meeting of the New Year was a dismal affair! Five birdwatchers met in the Magog Down car park at 8.30 am on a very wet, cold and dark morning. Visibility was very poor, the birds were hiding and not singing (who could blame them!) and we poor birdwatchers had great difficulty identifying anything!

In the car park were a woodpigeon, two robins, a magpie, chaffinch, two great tits and three blackbirds. An unidentified gull flew over. Moving onto North Down it appeared empty but going up past Youth Wood there were two blackbirds, a robin, a jay, then a further blackbird and magpie. In the Old Shelter Belt and Magog Wood we heard unidentifiable twittering and caught brief movements but couldn’t identify them. On top of Little Trees Hill we saw two crows but looking towards the South Down no bird life was visible. The Clunch Pit was silent but in the hedges by Jane’s Piece and Parish Pit we saw a dunnock and two blackbirds.

At this point we were so cold and wet we abandoned the full walk and returned to the car park through Colin’s Wood where we saw two blue tits and two great tits. As we crossed the entrance road back towards the car park we saw two dunnocks, two robins and a chaffinch. In all our tally was 10 species, not bad for such a miserable day. Next month’s meeting will be on Saturday 7 February at 8.30 am when it will be nearly Spring! Hope to see you there.

PS  At the end of December 50 golden plover were seen by one of our members in the arable fields between Stapleford and the Magog Down.

                   Sue Bradley

Birds on Magog Down

We publish the monthly reports of Stapleford Bird club here, plus other occasional bird-related articles; hot links in each report will take you to the RSPB information page for each bird spotted.

The gallery below shows a random six of the birds that have been seen on Magog Down.

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