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Birds

Birds found in the area around the meadows and River Wey

Spotting birds: If you are visiting the meadows, Farnham town or the surrounding area then you will have many opportunities to observe an amazing variety of different and rare bird species. This section contains information on those species found in an around the meadows but also within the wider vicinity of Farnham to help you enjoy your visits.

Over 40 bird species of conservation concern are dependent or partly dependent on the UK’s remaining wet grasslands, most are winter visitors.  The key requirements are suitable feeding sources, lack of disturbance and suitable roost sites.  For example tall grass and sedge tussocks around reedbeds provide ideal habitat for species such as snipe, which require tall vegetation for nesting. Snipe have been recorded in previous years on the Meadow.

The seeds from the grassland and plants such as teasel provide a food source for finches and sparrows.  Also wintering flocks of starlings, and redwings feed off the invertebrates.

The trees and hedges on site will provide suitable feeding sites for birds such as blackbird, dunnock and long-tailed tit, but also priority BAP species such as song thrush.  A species diverse hedgerow will provide a variety of food at different times of the year.  It is also important to encourage the hedgerows to become dense; this allows an impenetrable mass to form providing excellent cover for nesting birds that prefer low vegetation.

Other typical species you might be lucky to see on the Meadows include kingfisher, grey heron and little egret.

kingfisher grey-heron

little egretWithin the wider area, Farnham is very lucky to be surrounded by some of the best heathland in the UK.  The Thames Basin Heath and the Thursley, Hankley and Frensham Common Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are but a short drive from the Meadows. These Internationally important habitats are designated because they support important populations of vulnerable ground-nesting birds. Species of interest to be seen in these locations include nightjar, woodlark and Dartford warbler.

To date 62 species have been identified, perhaps you might see an new one and let us know?

 

 

Common name

Scientific name

Sparrow hawk Accipiter nisus
Long-tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus
Mandarin Aix galericulata
Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Meadow pipit Anthus pratensis
Swift Apus apus
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
Canada goose Branta canadensis
Buzzard Buteo buteo
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
Siskin Carduelis spinus
Feral pigeon Columba livia
Wood pigeon Columba palumbus
Carrion crow Corvus corone corone
Rook Corvus frugilegus
Jackdaw Corvus monedula
Blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus
Mute swan Cygnus olor
House Martin Delichon urbica
Great spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos major
Little egret Egretta garzetta
Robin Erithacus rubecula
Kestral Falco tinnunculus
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Jay Garrulus glandarius
Herring gull Larus argentatus
Black-headed gull Larus ridibundus
Jack snipe Lymnocryptes minimus
Red kite Milvus milvus
Pied wagtail Motacilla alba
Grey wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Great tit Parus major
House sparrow Passer domesticus
Grey partridge Perdix perdix
Coal tit Periparus ater
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Willow    warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
Magpie Pica pica
Green woodpecker Picus viridis
Great crested grebe Podiceps cristatus
Dunnock Prunella modularis
Goldcrest Regulus regulus
Stonechat Saxicola torquata
Collared dove Streptopelia decaocto
Tawny owl Strix aluco
Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Blcakcap Sylvia atricapilla
Lesser whitethroat Sylvia curruca
Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Redwing Turdus iliacus
Blackbird Turdus merula
Song thrush Turdus philomelos
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
Mistle thrush Turdus viscivorus
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
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