Friday, May 18, 2012

Hardcastle Crags




                              

               Wood warbler this morning on the top road through the wood

6 comments:

Bruce said...
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Bruce said...

Good record David. They used to be recorded by Gibson Mill regularly by the big Beeches - now gone

Steve Blacksmith said...

I agree, a good Record.

Bruce it seems like you regret the cutting of the non-native beeches, but it won't make wood warblers less likely to turn up in Calderdale.

They have gone down nationwide by about 60%.

DJSutcliffe said...

First local record of Wood W this year as far as I know - nice to get some pictures too.

Andrew Huyton said...

As was noted on the blog and via email Drew Marsh from the National Trust attended a meeting of CBCG and explained the Trusts policy on felling. Wood Warblers also need ground cover in which to breed something which Beech trees restrict/prevent as can be witnessed in many areas throughout the crags. Felling some of the trees and opening up the forest floor will allow for fresh new growth and at the sametime provide woodland edge required by other species such as flycatchers, raptors etc. As Steve says Wood Warblers are suffering nationally and hopefully the work being carried out in the crags will only help to improve their chances.

Bruce said...

Good point Steve and Andy. The trees are not native but they were 250 years old,I counted the rings, (sad or what). It was the colour of the light underneath them that was superb.
Perhaps now there is more ground cover we will hopefully get more Wood Warblers.