Thriving Willow Tits in a post-industrial landscape

Published on 08 April 2017 in Main articles

By Geoff Carr and Jeff Lunn

Abstract The decline of the Willow Tit Poecile montana in the UK has made it a conservation priority species. We present evidence that in some areas of the UK there has been an increase and colonisation over the past 25 years. This study, combining a quarter of a century of historical records with recent data using contemporary survey methodology, shows an apparent increase in the breeding population on post-industrial land in the former coal-mining area of the Dearne Valley catchment in Barnsley, Yorkshire. The impact of survey methodology on the data is discussed.

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Classic habitat for Willow Tits at Worsborough, November 2014; an area of damp willow Salix carr. Geoff Carr