Bird survey training day at Griffin Wood, St.Helens

May 22, 2011

in Birds, Nature, health and well being, Other organisations

Friends of Griffin Wood bird survey students! – a very chirpy bunch!

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Yes, this friendly and diverse group of birders enjoyed a bird survey course held at Griffin Wood, St.Helens, part of the Mersey Forest and funded by Biobank Merseyside.

After explaining the different habitats on site and the equipment you may need when undertaking bird surveys and in the case of the two youngsters a toy ambulance being essential !  off we went into the different habitats found at Griffin wood. The overall list included:

One or more of the following- great tit, blue tit, mistle thrush, blackbird, wren, dunnock, tree creeper, robin, chaffinch, reed bunting, common whitethroat, willow warbler, grey partridge, jay, carrion crow, starling, buzzard, wood pigeon, swallows and house martins flying overhead above a stream, as a skylark sang above them, a possible sighting of a yellow hammer, found a recent long tailed nest made of feathers, spiders web and lichens, a nosey stoat boldly seeing what we were up to and typical as I left the woods to go home, I saw a kestrel, heard a chiffchaff and a flock of longtailed tits just outside the entrance.

Griffin Wood St.Helens-a delightful display of wild flowers

A delightful mixture of ragged robin, meadow buttercups, a sprinkling of ox eye daisies, white clover and some of last years teasels adding architectural grandeur to this picturesque spring flowering meadow. The two youngsters found cuckoo spit amongst the flowers and asked me what it was. They took great delight and interest in me showing them the little green frog hopper hidden inside it!

Friends of Griffin Wood undertake conservation tasks and attend wildlife training courses, for free! Come along and join them and enjoy, fresh air and wildlife on your doorstep.

Download their activity programme here   Griffin Wood Programme 2011

With special thanks from Helen Collins..

Merseyside Biobank…….

and Mary Wright from myself,  the Friends of Griffin Wood and of course my little ambulance driver and his brother, the young scientist!

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Mary Wright May 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Thanks George

Sounds like I missed a great training and survey!

Best wishes


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