Tony Rayner has completed a bird survey of the proposed area of gravel pits in Cholsey (not the riverside site). The survey contains several species that are of “conservation concern”.
Birds recorded on or over site excluding Corvids and Wood pigeons were as follows:-
House Martins, Swifts & Swallows (there was & has been a huge gathering alongside the sewage works - total over 100); Mute Swan; Canada Geese; Mallard; Moorhen; Blackbird; Song Thrush; Red Kite (weather poor for raptors); Green Woodpecker (at least 2 pairs); Great Spotted Woodpecker; Wheatear (smart male beside Bunk); Whitethroat; Lesser Whitethroat; Blackcap; Chiffchaff; Pied Wagtail; Skylarks (several); Chaffinch; Linnet; Goldfinch; Reed Bunting; Yellowhammer; Wren; Robin; Dunnock; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Long-tailed Tit; Lapwing; Starling.
Yesterday at home recorded first Small Copper plus ; Holly Blue; Small White; Orange Tip; Speckled Wood; Peacock; Red Admiral; Comma & Brimstone and total of 21 Common Lizards on logs.