CRANBROOK (New town) Exeter.

Thought I would claim a doubtful FIRST for myself with the first ever bird survey of the new town of Cranbrook..Map ref SY002950 in Tetrad SY09C.  (BTO Bird Atlas 2007-11Survey lists 29 species recorded for this area in winter).

Concentrated on the western end and parked at the visiter centre. Spent two hours keeping mainly to the new road system before venturing on to areas under development (avoided being stopped by contractors by wearing mandatory high vis jacket).

Was pleased to count a total of 20 species including Redwing, Bullfinch, Linnet (40), Stonechat (1), Kestrel (1). Buzzard (1). Most other common species present . I was not surprised to find that there were no birds in the construction areas (other than Pied Wags) and the birds I did find were all in old hedgerows and untouched scrub.  These areas should provide corridoors for wildlife into the new town as long as they remain untouched.  There was a particularly good area behing South Whimple Farm which contained finches and the Chat.  Towards the railwayline a new wetland area has been created to contain a stream but no birds yet.

Posted November 5th, 2012 at 2:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News