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CWP Coordinated Gull Roost Count

The last coordinated count of gull roosts in the CWP was undertaken in winter 2005/06. In conjunction with the BTO Winter Gull Roost Count in 2003/2004 and a series of casual observations, these data confirmed that the CWP supported an increasing winter roosting population of gulls, in particular black-headed gulls, common gull, lesser black-backed gulls and herring gulls, with smaller numbers of med gulls, yellow-legged gulls, greater black-backed gulls, Caspian gulls etc and occasionally a white winged gull to liven things up. Furthermore these surveys highlighted that the CWP supports, in winter, an internationally-important population of lesser black-backed gulls, which at the time equated to over 5000 birds. 

A new Atlas section has been added to the web site. This shows distribution and abundance maps for most of the birds that can be found in Wiltshire.

To access the Atlas, select Atlas from the menu items at the top of the page and follow the on-screen instructions.

The two peregrine chicks being raised on Salisbury Cathedral have fledged.

An orphaned chick, featured on Springwatch, has been raised by the pair of peregrines on the Cathedral who had one chick of their own. The orphaned chick was the slightly older of the two and fledged successfully on Wednesday 28th June with the natural chick fledging on Sunday 2nd July. We wish them luck, the life of young raptors is precarious.

In early June, three peregrine chicks were rescued from a nest in Shropshire after the parent birds were found dead having been illegally killed.

The three chicks, two female and one male have been fostered with the male going to the Salisbury Cathedral nest site where a pair of peregrines has been raising one youngster of their own. The foster chick has been accepted in the nest and both young birds are now being fed by the adult pair.


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09 November 2017
CWP Coordinated Gull Roost Count The last coordinated count of gull roosts in the CWP was undertaken in winter 2005/06. In conjunction with the BTO Winter Gull Roost Count in 2003/2004 and a series o...
20 July 2017
A new Atlas section has been added to the web site. This shows distribution and abundance maps for most of the birds that can be found in Wiltshire. To access the Atlas, select Atlas from the menu i...
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