Article for Curry Rivel News April 2017 edition. But you can see it here first!!
Each month in 2017 a free wildlife activity will be laid on to give Cury Rivel residents the opportunity to get to know what amazing wildlife is on their doorstep. In April the activity –in fact there are two – focuses on birds
Watch the birdy
What makes Curry Rivel a great place to live? Well, lots of things. Many people would say that it’s the scenery, the hedges, trees, views, greenery – and birds. It’s specially birds, along with the delicate new shoots on plant and the first flowerss, which herald the spring. As soon as Christmas is over, days start to lengthen and dunnocks, great tits and robins begin to sing, marking their territories with song to make sure they have enough food for when the young ones hatch later. As weeks go by, other birds join in the singing, and by March all the resident birds are at it.
Would you like to know what the birds you can hear singing are? Which ones are bringing your garden and our village alive? There are two opportunities in Curry Rivel in April, both free, led by local ecologist Catherine Mowat. If you like, you could try bringing a smart phone to record the songs and help you learn them. There’s no need to book, just turn up, but if you would like to know more, contact Catherine on 01458 250655.
Good Friday 14th April 7am-9am: Early morning walk along the lanes, stopping to watch and listen as we go. Meet at St Andrews parish Church
Friday 28th April 8.15pm-9.30pm: Owls and nightingales. Three species of owl are found in and around Curry Rivel, and amazingly, in recent years, a pair of nightingales – a species which has become incredibly rare. No promises, but we hope to hear or see some of these, and enjoy the evening bird chorus too. Meet at Eastfield.
For more info on wildlife in Curry Rivel, visit http://www.curryrivel.org.uk/news/campaigns-events/currry-rivels-natural-health-survey.html
We’re looking for people to join in with wildlife activities, do contact the wildlife survey group if you’re interested - http://www.curryrivel.org.uk/local-info/clubs-societies.html
I'll publish our draft programme for 2017 here soon.