A Note from the County Bird Recorder

Neil Lawton

As the North Norfolk Coast WeBS coordinator I recently organised a coordinated count of all Little Egret roosts along the North Norfolk Coast, which produced an impressive total of 508 birds at seven roosts. I have attached the results and a few words and I was wondering whether the Wensum Valley Bird Society would be interested in publishing the results and appeal for additional information on other roosts around the county in your newsletter or on your website. Other than the standard national bird surveys it has been a few years since any specific county wide surveys have been organised, I am keen to explore the possibility of getting a few limited surveys carried out across the county. A Little Egret roost count would be a good place to start and a great opportunity to strengthen ties between the county and bird clubs, between birds clubs, as well as producing some excellent data. 

A Coordinated Little Egret Roost Count

North Norfolk Coast – 24th September 2016

In addition to standard WeBS counts, a coordinated count of all Little Egret roosts along the North Norfolk Coast was carried out on the evening of Sept 24th, data has shown that WeBS normally significantly under counts the numbers using the coast, previous counts have shown the best way to monitor this population is by a series of roost counts, the most recent of which was carried out by John Williamson in 2015. An impressive total of 508 birds were counted coming into roost.

Thornham 0
Titchwell 31
Burnham Deepdale 17
Burnham Overy Town Mill 122
Holkham 13
Stiffkey Fen 324
Cley 1
Total 508

I am keen to receive details of other roosts around the county, with the view of trying to organise a coordinated county wide count next September, when numbers are at there highest. Please email details of any roosts to neilscolt@yahoo.com or dnjnorfolkrec@btinternet.com. Many thanks to all the counters who took part. Neil Lawton;( North Norfolk Coast WeBS coordinator; County Bird Recorder.)

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