February 2022

Dr Phil Smith Wildlife Notes: January

Stonechat at Ainsdale LNR (Dr Phil Smith)

Another month of record breaking weather started with the warmest New Year’s Day ever. It was also the sunniest January recorded for England, though we experienced many days of continuous cloud cover. Finally, in contrast to December, it was particularly dry, rainfall in England being less than 40% of average. Here, only eight days had measureable rainfall and the sand-dune water-table showed no change during the month.

Volunteers provide vital new information on the UK's breeding Tawny Owls

Tawny Owl, BTO

Thanks to the efforts of nearly 10,000 'citizen scientists' we now have a much greater understanding of the UK's breeding Tawny Owls, together with much-needed information on their calling behaviour, that will help future surveys of the species. The results of this study have just been published in the journal Bird Study.