Song Birds

In recent years there has been increasing concern about the decline of some of the songbirds which hitherto were such a delightful and reliable feature of Langdon Hills.

We appear to have lost our Nightingales and Turtle Doves, there having been extremely few reports of singing males of these two species in the last three years. There is a marked decline in the number of Cuckoos and precious few Willow Warblers remain in our midst.

The number of Yellow Hammers and Corn Buntings has also declined steadily. Fortunately the population of Skylarks (a species declining elsewhere) appears to be stable.

However, it is saddening to contemplate the birds that have gone – joining the Tree Pipits and Red-backed Shrikes which used to be characteristic of the area, half a century or so ago.

Langdon Living Landscape would like to invite you to help us to create a more accurate picture of the status of the six birds shown below. By clicking on each of the birds you will be taken the RSPB website where you can play a recording of the bird’s song or call and find more detailed information on the species. We would course be delighted to receive reports of sightings however it is more likely that the birds will be heard rather than seen.

So please let us know if you encounter any of these birds on the Langdon Ridge by contacting the via the ‘Report a Sighting’ page.