I work for the local water authority and we wish to carry out some work on our assets within Sutton Park, these are located on the far west side of the park, following a pre site visit with the local parks rangers it was mentioned that one of our assets is located within a schedule 1 bird species area and previously has been home for Dartford Warbler's. I am looking to know of any known sightings of birds in this area with rough locations so we can ensure our works do not interfere with the birds habitats. Any advise or pointers to people/sites who may be able to provide any information or support would be much appreciated.
Hi James, Until one of our experts on this Community see your post and can advise you further it may be worth giving the British Trust for Ornithology a call on 01842 7500050
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I'd have expected the park rangers to know if there are active Dartfords around, they're a species you tend to find mainly in coastal areas around the south & east. If they're in Sutton Park (near Sutton Coldfield?), they'd be a popular, unusual attraction for local birders I'm sure, so the rangers would know about it. If you're still having no luck, the local RSPB group would be sure to know
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As per page 31 and 39 of this 'State of the UK Birds' pdf, they do occur in the Midlands so whoever said there are dartford warblers could well have seen one there. Whether they have bred, or are breeding there, I don't know. Bumping the thread as RSPB staff should know of contacts in the area.
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Robbo said:Can a member of staff confirm when this post has been spotted please?
Good Luck Robbo.
James try contacting the council (either county or local) and see if they have a Biodiversity Officer, people may be sending sightings into them.
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Robbo said:Alan, I personally think this community needs to be switched off if Head Office can't provide staff qualified to give an answer to this. Pretty fundamental stuff, helping Schedule 1 species.
Up to last year Robbo I would have disagreed with you but after the last upgrade and all the RSPB staff going MIA I couldn't care less one way or the other.
Robbo said:James, did you get anything useful back following your posting of this?
I contacted Birmingham council via Twitter and they don't think they have a biodiversity officer and told me to contact the rangers at the reserve.
I've just Tweeted these to see if they cover the area http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.org.uk/ if not they may pass me on to someone else.
Other contacts are the county recorders here http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.org.uk/record-submission/4587529276
As you say it's a pretty poor showing when you cannot get a response to help a Schedule One bird.
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