wos slogan

Latest Sightings.

2 Curlew, 2 Whinchat, 10 Stonechat, Reed Bunting, 15 Corn Bunting, 40 Skylark, 30 Swift, 3 Red Kite ...
2 Spotted Flycatcher - Avebury - Robin Nelson QUAIL - Pewsey Downs - Matt Prior Grasshopper Warble...
2 Green Sandpiper - Langford Lakes - Ben Igglesden Raven, Red Kite, 3 Corn Bunting - Wylye - Bjorn ...
80 Swift, 25 Lapwing - Berwick Bassett Down - Simon Gathercole 7 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 R...
2 Hobby, Green Sandpiper, Cuckoo - Langford Lakes - Ben Igglesden Cetti's Warbler - The Mead, Westb...
Green Sandpiper, Cuckoo - Langford Lakes - Rob Turner, Bob Blamey Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey W...

Wintering Smew are responding well to EU Special Protection Areas

A rare and spectacular winter visitor to Wiltshire, Smew is a duck whose habitat is changing because of global warming and it is doing twice as well in conservation areas protected by the EU, research has shown.

Scientific studies have shown that the occurence of wintering Smew have been spreading northwards across Europe as temperatures rise. A study of wetland data shows that nearly a third of the birds now spend winter in north-east Europe, compared with just 6% two decades ago.

In that region, Smew populations have grown twice as fast within Special Protection Areas established under the EU Birds Directive.

For more details follow the link:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/26/rare-european-duck-protected-areas-smew-drakes

Copyright © 2017 Wiltshire Ornithological Society. Registered Charity no 271033. Website by Mindvision