New Forest volunteers awarded more than £12k for research into rare woodcocks

New Forest volunteers awarded more than £12k for research into rare woodcocks

New Forest volunteers awarded more than £12k for research into rare woodcocks

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VOLUNTEERS examining the behaviour of rare woodcocks in the New Forest have been awarded more than £12,000 to undertake cutting-edge research.

The New Forest Woodcock Group will use night vision equipment and radio tag transmitters to observe never-before-seen night-time mating behaviour and potentially track the movements of female with young.

The volunteers aim to increase understanding of the woodcock and explore the reasons behind its decline.

The RSPB has given the species amber status in its traffic light system of conservation importance, meaning the number of birds has moderately declined over the last 25 years.

The study’s grant was allocated by the New Forest National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

Dr Manuel Hinge, New Forest Woodcock Group research coordinator, said: “We hope that this study will help the group estimate with greater accuracy the number of resident woodcocks breeding in the New Forest and identify behaviour that has not been documented before.”

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9:20am Sun 19 Jan 14

rudolph_hucker says...

mmmm tasty woodcock
mmmm tasty woodcock rudolph_hucker
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9:34am Sun 19 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

I hear there are several large buildings in the area full of woodcocks.
I hear there are several large buildings in the area full of woodcocks. BIGTONE
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9:50am Sun 19 Jan 14

Townee says...

£12.000 to study Woodcocks, if these people are so concerned about the bird they would do it for free. These day everyone wants to grab money for doing things that people did for free years ago.
£12.000 to study Woodcocks, if these people are so concerned about the bird they would do it for free. These day everyone wants to grab money for doing things that people did for free years ago. Townee
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2:00pm Sun 19 Jan 14

retrogeoff says...

Personally, I think cutting edge research of this nature should be rewarded by a long visit to the Beqaa Valley.
Personally, I think cutting edge research of this nature should be rewarded by a long visit to the Beqaa Valley. retrogeoff
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