Winter Bird Survey

Following a productive survey of the Knowsley Hall Estate- recording an impressive 56 species, John Bannon kindly came to Knowsley Safari Park to undertake a bird survey. The survey was conducted between 0905 and 1105 hours on 6th December 2010. The weather was extreme, with deep snow on the ground and sleety weather conditions. The area surveyed was tetrad code SJ49S, a 2km square area marked out by using an OS map and the grid codes available on the British Trust for Ornithology website, full details on timed-tetrad instructions are available at

During the 2 hours the full area of the tetrad was walked ensuring all types of habitat in the area were covered. Thus, willow coppice, open water, oak woodland and marshy areas were surveyed. A tally of species seen was recorded in the first hour and second hour

The results show that despite freezing conditions, 30 bird species were observed, including a rare Willow Tit. To complete a full survey, 2 winter surveys are undertaken between November and March, then 2 summer surveys to cover the breeding season. The summer surveys include data regarding pairs, sex of birds, singing males and young. Hopefully, the surveys will continue over the years to come so we can build up a record of the species present, and the population dynamics of these groups. The surveys may highlight ways to help improve habitats for species, and may even be a haven for some rarer species

Results of the 1st Winter Bird Survey

2010 Knowsley Safari Park Survey(Winter 1st visit) (Tetrad code SJ49S) 0905-1105 (December 6th 2010, John K Bannon & Rachel Saunders)

.                                            1st hour                                                          2nd hour

Common Gull                          14                                                                50+

Pied Wagtail                            3                                                                    1

Bullfinch                                   7                                                                    1

Black-headed Gull                150+                                                              200+

Blackbird                                  9                                                                     2

Magpie                                    13                                                                     3

Chaffinch                                  4

Herring Gull                           25

Lsr Blk-backed Gull              10                                                                   10

Starling                                    250

Carrion Crow                          10                                                                  10

Pheasant                                 25+                                                                50+

Goldfinch                                  3                                                                     2

Wren                                         4                                                                     2

Dunnock                                   3                                                                     1

Robin                                         6                                                                    2

Willow Tit                                 1 (very scarce bird)

Blue Tit                                     6                                                                    4

Reed Bunting                           5

Great Tit                                  2                                                                    3

Nuthatch                                  1

Woodpigeon                             2                                                                    5

Jay                                            3

Red-leg. Partridge                                                                                       13

Meadow Pipit                                                                                                 1

Jackdaw                                   4                                                                   15

Canada Goose                                                                                               70+

Barnacle Goose                                                                                             30+ (feral birds)

Moorhen                                                                                                         2

Mallard                                                                                                            3

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I am the Visitor Service Manager for UK tourist attraction Knowsley Safari Park. I have been in the post only for a few years and consider myself very fortunate to work in such a fantastic place. Not many people outside of Africa can take their lunch break while looking at elephants! This isn't the official blog for Knowsley Safari Park but my own views and opinions on things that may be happening at the park, in the leisure industry or anywhere else.
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One Response to Winter Bird Survey

  1. Dave Tipping says:

    I’m surprised no thrushes or robins were spotted.

    Nice to see a wide variety of other birds.

    We often take pictures of the birds along you the animals on the park.


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