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European woodcock

Conservationists across Cornwall have come together to capture and ring 100 woodcocks, as to help ornithologists learn about the habits of this mysterious and beautiful bird.

Chris Heward, a wetlands research assistant with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has said this expedition to ring the woodcocks will add to the growing information they have on the bird. The beautiful woodland bird flies from Cornwall and other parts of the UK as far as Eastern Russia to mate. The woodcock is considered a significant bird to spot for bird watches, and is also a game bird and a gourmet delicacy.

In recent years the bird has been thought of as a "conservation concern" and the recent ringing of 100 woodcocks will help with long-running research to determine if the woodcock returns to the same wintering site every year. The ringing will also help to analyse the overall population and amount of adults and juvenile birds. Ringing the birds with individual numbers means conservationists can also monitor the survival rates of the species. Some of the birds also have geolocators that help track the route the birds take.

By ringing birds, conservationists are able to understand the birds and raise money to help their conservation continue. This is also the case for many other wildlife found in Cornwall, either local or migratory.

Around the countryside of Fowey and The Cormorant Hotel, there are many places to see the local wildlife throughout the year, and there could be a chance to see woodcocks in the wintery months. Fowey and the local area boasts some great wildlife, both on land and in the sea.

Photo by: Ronald Slabke

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