News about seasonal changes at Filnore Woods and how to get involved as a volunteer, if you want to.
Filnore Woods is the Community Woodland for Thornbury in South Gloucestershire. It aims to provide a diverse range of habitats for wildlife, to give people a wild place to visit and to provide opportunities for education. Find them across the field behind Thornbury Leisure Centre, BS35 3JB.
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Steve Gilliard and Rob Collis have started bird surveys at Filnore Woods. They take a couple of hours to walk round the site and record which species they see or hear, and how many of each. If this is done on a monthly basis we shall be able to see how the bird population changes through the year and from year to year. 25 species were observed for the main March survey plus Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, Raven, Jay and Rook, which were added later, making a total of 30 species. The numbers were as follows:
40 Wood Pigeon
13 Blue Tit*
9 Great Tit*
8 Long-tailed tit*
3 Herring Gull
2 Carrion Crow
2 Collared Dove*
2 Mistle Thrush* 2 Rook
2 Stock Dove
1 Coal Tit* 1 Green Woodpecker 1 Jay
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Raven 1 Song Thrush*
* The birds marked with asterisks can all be heard on 'Brett Westwood's birdsong recordings'; click the link under 'helpful links' on the bottom right of this page.