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If you are interested in birds, you may also like to read what's on our Birds on Magog Down page.

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

Bird Club first Saturday meetings under review

The monthly meetings of the Stapleford Bird Club have not taken place since March 2020, because of the Covid-19 epidemic. The walk leader has continued to visit most months, and his reports can be read under our News section.  He hopes to be able to take a group round again before too much longer.

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Report of Stapleford Bird Club - January 2017

Members met in the car park on Saturday 7th at 8.30 am and it was a bit chilly and rather foggy at the start.  As the walk progressed, the hill-fog lowered further and these conditions seemed to quieten many small birds.  Nonetheless we enjoyed the walk, and we saw some bird species at record numbers. 

Within the car park and the picnic area we saw or heard two Robins, a Greenfinch, four Goldfinches, one Fieldfare, a calling Redwing and six Blackbirds.  A Kestrel was hunting over North Down, and two Carrion Crows flew away, calling raucously.  Magog Wood held 18+ Fieldfares, fieldfaresome in motion and calling “chuck-chacking” as they flew around.  We sometimes add the (+) to a count indicate that we know that, in this case, there were at least 18 Fieldfares but we may have seen more than 18, the problem being that some birds may have flown behind us and doubled back to be seen twice.  We had two Great Tits, a Blue Tit and one Long-tailed Tit.  We also saw five Magpies, and a Woodpigeon was singing.  A Wren was trilling within Memorial Wood.

Because we had slowed down in the first area, we did not walk the entire perimeter.  Instead we crossed the Down on the path below the Sheep Paddocks but alas no Stonechat was seen this month.  We did encounter 39 Meadow Pipits which flew into the field and settled down quite close to us.  Then, they became invisible, blending in so well that none of them showed their presence.  We also noted a group of three Green Woodpeckers in the Sheep Paddocks, busily feeding on the ground.  They were just too far away to check if any had a red stripe within their black “moustache”, which would identify it as a male.

The wild bird seed strip in the arable section had at least 15 Linnets, 15 Reed Bunting, five Chaffinches and 45 Yellowhammers. yellowhammerThe number of Yellowhammers is increasing over the months, and is now impressive.  This species is on the Red List (Birds of Conservation Concern 4, supported by several Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, the RSPB, BTO and others).  More on species listed as Red, Amber and Green next month (see also more about this on the RSPB website).

In total we encountered 20 bird species within the Down on this walk.

Mike Foley


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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