John Clarke

See Worcestershire Record No 11 November 2001 pages 10-11.

The survey expanded in 2002. 40 pairs and 50 nests were located of which 31 pairs and 44 nests were monitored. Because we could closely follow many of the pairs we picked up interesting information about breeding behaviour such as number of breeding attempts per pair, average number of young fledged per pair (per year) and number of pairs failing to breed successfully. I am hoping to write something up on the two year's results. We also 'trialled' some experimental nest-boxes, and a survey that will allow us to look at food availability through the various stages of the breeding season.

In 2003 the survey will focus on a 'community' nest-box project.

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