BAP - Species, Partners

Willow Tit survey

Willow Tit appears to be well established in Barnsley and the Dearne Valley when compared to other parts of the country where they have vanished or declined.

 

Pete Wall arranged a workshop in January 2015 to make arrangements for producing better records of Willow Tit in the Dearne Valley Nature Improvement Area: ‘the most extensive Willow Tit survey ever attempted’.

 

 

 

Following on from this workshop the DVNIA  launched a project to record Willow Tit pre-breeding territories.  Members of the Barnsley Bird Study Group were asked to send in their records of Willow Tit sightings in the Dearne Valley and indeed across Barnsley.

Geoff Carr and Jeff Lunn undertook thorough surveys in each km square using sound recordings of Willow Tit and monitoring the response.

Results from the Willow Tit Survey were excellent and many more records were found than expected. Willow Tit has been recorded in 43 1-km squares.

A total of 63 territories were located in mainly damp/wet habitats with a strong emphasis on post industrial habitats. Some territories were only 250-300 metres apart in ideal habitats.

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