Our School grounds are amazing

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A scorpion beetle

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A scorpion beetle

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A sparrow hawk

We have been very fortunate in school to receive a log of the wildlife that one of our neighbours has seen in the school grounds over the last year. It is an amazing list of wildlife.

Regulars

greenfinch (flocks up to 30)

goldfinch (flocks up to 24)

bullfinch (up to 12 in winter, including the vivid Scandinavian species)

chaffinch (usually 2 pairs)

blue tits (usually 2 pairs, nesting locally)(up to 20 over winter)

great tits (usually 2 pairs, nesting locally)

long tailed tits ( flocks up to 12. a pair nested in the conifers of front garden)

coal tits ( usually 2 pairs)

blackbirds ( at least 2 pairs nesting locally, 15 birds seen together in winter)

song thrush (1-2 pairs nesting locally)

robins (2 pairs nesting locally)

wrens (pair nest locally)

dunnock (nest in hedge)

starling

robin

pied wagtail

grey wagtail (occasionally)

jackdaws (nesting locally)

rooks ( nesting locally)

magpies ( nesting locally)

crows ( nesting locally)

woodpigeons

collared dove

stock dove

tawny owl

great spotted woodpecker (pair )

nuthatch (pair)

Occasional visitors

siskin (flocks of 12+ over winter)

brambling ( flocks of 12+ over winter, usually severe weather, none noticed last winter)

redpoll (flocks of 6+ over winter)

blackcap (pair have wintered for several years)

house sparrow ( 2 pairs)

tree sparrow (1-2 pairs)

gold crest ( passes along the hedge)

willow warblers and chiffchaff (frequent in summer)

treecreeper ( visits from stella wood)

mistle thrush (3 pairs)

redwing ( 2-3 winter)

fieldfare ( 5+ winter)

swifts, swallows, house martin, sand martins (overhead)

jay ( several visits a year usually autumn)

green woodpecker ( often flying over, frequently heard the yaffle early morning, not seen recently)

buzzard (frequently fly overhead, one sat on the hedge of the nature reserve taking shelter from crows and magpies)

peregrine (often flying high over the valley, a few close fly’s over the area and the school)

sparrow hawks ( frequently hunting )

kestrels ( flying over)

red kite ( several low flights of the school)

heron ( often drops into the pond for a toad supper !)

mallards, curlews, lapwing  and redshank (have dropped onto the school field to rest and feed)

skylark (above school field)

Others

foxes, grey squirrels, hedgehogs, wood mice, voles, shrews, toads and frogs. different species of bats flying overhead, many pipistrelle hunting locally and one mole

several hummingbird hawk moths, one scorpion beetle. dragonfly’s various sorts, many bees and butterflies.

 

 

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