Monday 23rd March

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Every Monday we will be visiting one of our nature reserves in the south-east find out which species of birds live there or visit during the spring and summer months.

Our chosen site this week is the Wildlife and Wetland Trust Arundel

Wetlands are amazing places where land meets water. In such habitats, along the river banks, in the reeds and marshes, trees and natural vegetation more wildlife can usually be found than almost anywhere on the planet.

800px-Arundel_WWTThe Wildlife and Wetland Trust Arundel is one of nine wildfowl and wetland nature reserves managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, a nature conservation charity in the United Kingdom. The 60 acre (240,000 m²) reserve is situated at the foot of the Offham Hangar, a part of the Arun valley in Arundel, West Sussex, England.

Over 1000 species of ducks, swans and goose can be seen at Arundel. However, many other species of birds visit and live on the site too. In the last 10 days all the birds listed below have been spotted.

Great spotted woodpecker, Dunnock, Cetti’s warbler, Song thrush, Reed bunting, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Blue/ Long-tailed, Great tit, Nuthatch, Collared dove, Robin, Pheasant, Buzzard, Mute swans, Kingfishers, Grey herons, Water rail, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Wood pigeon, Greylag geese, Teal, Shelduck, Cormorant, Gadwall, Teal, Black headed, Herring & Common gull and Oyster catchers

Photographs of some are included below.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     Common Shelduck

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   Mute Swan

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Herring Gull

Here is a question for you to research and answer. What are the obvious differences in appearance between the birds in these photos and the birds that visit our school grounds?

To learn more about wetland birds and how they have adapted to living in a wetland environment just click on the links below.

RSPB Bird Guide

http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/

About Wetland Habitats

https://www.worldwildlife.org/habitats/wetlands