Have you heard a cuckoo yet? If so Exmoor National Park and the RSPB would love to know. Helen Booker from the RSPB explains more: “We are very concerned about the cuckoo; it is a bird that is very much under threat. Exmoor would appear to be an important habitat for them and we would really value any records of them.”
Recording your sightings could not be easier. Simply go on line to the Wildwatch website, exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/environment/wild-watch or ring the National Park Centre in Lynmouth on 01598 752509.
Did you know the Cuckoo spends as much as nine months of the year in tropical Africa and the adult cuckoo feeds almost entirely on big hairy caterpillars! Good places to traditionally hear cuckoos on Exmoor include Croydon Hill, Alcombe common, Ley Hill and Webber’s post, but there must be more!
Wildwatch 2014 is also supported by over 25 free wildlife and surveying training events. “Whether you are interested in butterflies, fungi or river life there is something for everyone. All the training is delivered free of charge by experts to encourage people to learn more about Exmoor’s Wildlife through surveying. Again just visit the Wildwatch Website” highlighted David Rolls, Moorland Education and Outreach Officer.
Exmoor Wildwatch is part of the New Ecologists project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Exmoor Trust and Exmoor National Park through the Heart of Exmoor scheme. For more details on this work please contact David Rolls on, 01398 322164.
Here’s one found on Exmoor by Chris Triggs (youtube video).