Dartford warbler population on the up in Poole

Bournemouth Echo: Dartford warbler population on the up in Poole Dartford warbler population on the up in Poole

Dorset heathlands’ Dartford warblers appear to have bucked the trend and survived against the odds.

A report from the Rare Breeding Birds Panel paints a bleak picture for the colourful little bird, which has suffered a dramatic decline at some of its most important breeding sites.

But while the harsh winters leading up to 2010 have seen declines from 1,000 pairs in the Thames Basin in 2004 to just 50 pairs across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex in 2010, the picture is different in Dorset.

At the RSPB’s Arne reserve on the Purbeck edge of Poole Harbour , numbers are up again this year, for the bird which in Britain is at the northern edge of its range, says Rob Farrington, visitor manager.

“In the last few years we’ve gone from 55 pairs to 22 pairs, after that bad winter two years ago.

“Now the population is recovering back up to 30 odd pairs.”

The RBBP report has better news for the firecrest, one of the UK’s smallest birds, which is increasingly nesting in southern England, where there may be more than 1,000 pairs.

“We have had at least five pairs breeding at Arne this year, that’s a first,” said Rob.

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5:15pm Sun 22 Jul 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Where have they gone up to (:o))
Where have they gone up to (:o))
Does the writer mean that warbler 'population' is increasing (or as my spell checker inadvertently suggested is warbler copulation on the increase)?

'The RBBP report has better news for the firecrest', yet another bird protection organisation?
Where have they gone up to (:o)) Where have they gone up to (:o)) Does the writer mean that warbler 'population' is increasing (or as my spell checker inadvertently suggested is warbler copulation on the increase)? 'The RBBP report has better news for the firecrest', yet another bird protection organisation? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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5:16pm Sun 22 Jul 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Sorry, suffering from OHEC writer's digits.
Sorry, suffering from OHEC writer's digits. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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5:24pm Sun 22 Jul 12

de minimis says...

The article says that 'Now the population is recovering back up to 30 odd pairs.'
I hope that they are not like the stars of the film 'The Odd Couple’ because of possible breeding problems if they were.
The article says that 'Now the population is recovering back up to 30 odd pairs.' I hope that they are not like the stars of the film 'The Odd Couple’ because of possible breeding problems if they were. de minimis
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8:31pm Sun 22 Jul 12

davecook says...

The increase in population on the reserves mentioned may be as a result of the fire on Upon Heath last year, and birds (unable to nest on that heath) have moved to nearby habitats. I wouldn't get too excited over one years figues, but be more interested in a long term trend.
The increase in population on the reserves mentioned may be as a result of the fire on Upon Heath last year, and birds (unable to nest on that heath) have moved to nearby habitats. I wouldn't get too excited over one years figues, but be more interested in a long term trend. davecook
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8:59pm Sun 22 Jul 12

John T says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
Where have they gone up to (:o))
Where have they gone up to (:o))
Does the writer mean that warbler 'population' is increasing (or as my spell checker inadvertently suggested is warbler copulation on the increase)?

'The RBBP report has better news for the firecrest', yet another bird protection organisation?
'The RBBP report has better news for the firecrest' yet another bird protection organisation?'

It's breeding obvious they are there for the birds and the B's!
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: Where have they gone up to (:o)) Where have they gone up to (:o)) Does the writer mean that warbler 'population' is increasing (or as my spell checker inadvertently suggested is warbler copulation on the increase)? 'The RBBP report has better news for the firecrest', yet another bird protection organisation?[/p][/quote]'The RBBP report has better news for the firecrest' yet another bird protection organisation?' It's breeding obvious they are there for the birds and the B's! John T
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