The decline of the Willow Tit in the UK has made it a conservation priority species.

Geoff Carr and Jeff Lunn have published a study in British Birds reporting on the apparent increase in the breeding population of Willow Tit in Barnsley and the Dearne Valley over the last 25 years.

[See previous post on Willow Tit surveys May 2015]

They report that Willow Tit has taken advantage of the scrub along disused railways and post-industrial land in our former coal-mining area as well as the areas of wet woodland. Their study combined a quarter of a century of historical records with recent data from surveys launched through the Dearne Valley Nature Improvement Area project.




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