Wandering Wildlife – initial results


First draft of results

Note: This is a rough draft.  Only sightings of bird species have been included and no numbers of sightings of a species have been given. Also no distinction has yet been drawn between species seen on the canal and those seen in the parks and other areas adjacent to the canal. It is just a start.

Tibberton to Offerton Country Park

Observed on Good Friday from the Wanderer by Laura, Karie Anne, Suzanne, Margaret, Roisin, Ciara, Craig, Peter, Steve, Dan and Graham.

Observed on 30/3/18 by Derek (volunteer ranger)

Observed on 30/3/18 by G Franklin and A Thomas (boaters)

Bird species seen:

Blackbird, common gull, crow, magpie, mallard, moorhen, robin, woodpigeon, blue tit, great tit, wren, rook, jackdaw, cornbunting, chaffinch, greenfinch, dove, bullfinch.

Offerton Country Park to Perdiswell Park

Observed on Good Friday from the Wanderer by the volunteers listed above minus Margaret.

Observed on Easter Monday by Heather (Community engagement officer)

Observed 30/3/18 by G Franklin and A Thomas (boaters)

Bird species seen:

Blackbird, crow, black headed gull, chaffinch, dunnock, blue tit, great tit, house sparrow, jackdaw, greater black backed gull, magpie, moorhen, mute swan, robin, song thrush, woodpigeon, wren, buzzard

Perdiswell Park to Lansdowne Park

Observed on Good Friday by the volunteers listed above plus Dan`s son and daughter and Craig`s daughter.

Observed 31/3/18 by Derek (volunteer ranger) and on Easter Monday by Heather.

Observed 30/3/18 by G Franklin and A Thomas.

Bird species seen:

Blackbird, blue tit, crow, collared dove, dunnock, goldfinch, green finch, house sparrow, black backed gull, mallard, magpie, moorhen,, mute swan, robin, starling, song thrush, wood pigeon, wren, long tailed tit

Lansdowne Park to the Commandery

Observed on Saturday from the Wanderer by Tom, George, David, Kari Anne, Graham, Irene (and other members of the monthly Litter Pick group). Observed again on Monday by Heather (Community Engagement officer)

Observed Easter Monday by Heather and on 30/3/18 by G Franklin and A Thomas

Moorhen, mallard, common gull, long tailed tit, wood pigeon, mute swan, blackbird, magpie, sparrow, wren, lesser black backed gull

The Commandery to Diglis Basin

This stretch was observed on four separate occasions; on Thursday when the Wanderer was taken up to Tibberton, on Saturday when the Wanderer was taken back to Diglis basin, on Monday on the way to and from Fort Royal Park and on 30/3/18 when G Franklin and A Thomas took their boat into Diglis basin.

There were ducks and two mute swans in the basin itself. However, only one bird (a crow) was seen in flight and no wildlife of any kind was seen passing along the canal in either direction. Nor was there any indication of nesting.

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