February’s Results: Find Wildlife From Home Survey

February marks the end of the winter season and gives us a hint at the activity to come, in spring. Our followers reported seeing a lot more bird activity last month, with a number of you seeing large flocks of migrating Brent geese.

As we transition into spring, it’s a good time to remember that nesting season can actually start in February for some species, while March to August is the busiest time for nesting birds. The Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) has made it illegal for individuals to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built. We always recommend pruning hedgerows and trees outside of these months as much as possible, to avoid disrupting nests.

February’s results:

Species 

No. Seen 

Blackbird, Turdus merula 

6 

Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus 

4 

Blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus 

5 

Brent goose, Branta bernicla 

1200 

Carrion crow, Corvus corone 

1 

Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis 

7 

Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs 

1 

Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto 

2 

Curlew, Numenius arquata 

25 

Dunnock, Prunella modularis 

2 

Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis 

8 

Great black-backed gull, Larus marinus 

1 

Great spotted woodpecker, Dendrocopos major 

2 

Great tit, Parus major 

1 

Greenfinch, Chloris chloris 

2 

Herring gull, Larus argentatus 

3 

House Sparrow, Passer domesticus 

8 

Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus 

1 

Magpie, Pica pica 

1 

Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos 

42 

Oyster catcher, Haematopus ostralegus 

10 

Robin, Erithacus rubecula 

4 

Roe Deer, Capreolus capreolus 

1 

Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus 

1 

Starling, Sturnus vulgaris 

4 

Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus 

5 

Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes 

2 

Photos submitted:

 

Keep sending in your submissions, and if you haven’t taken part already, please share your sightings with us – every record received helps us build a more accurate picture of the Manhood Peninsula*.

How can I get involved with this survey?

Sending us a record of your wildlife sightings is simple, just make a note of the date and location of the sighting, and use these notes to fill out our ‘Enter a Quick Wildlife Record’ form. You can also submit a photo through this form.

Enter a Quick Wildlife Record

Alternatively, you can upload multiple records at the same time, by filling in one of our recording sheets and submitting this through our ‘Upload Multiple Wildlife Records’ form.

Upload Multiple Wildlife Records
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*This survey is specifically receiving submissions of wildlife sightings seen on the Manhood Peninsula, below Chichester, which includes: Apuldram, Donnington, Earnley, East Wittering, Bracklesham, Hunston, North Mundham, Selsey, Sidlesham, West Wittering, South Mundham, plus West Itchenor and Birdham.

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