Calling all bird lovers to find more species

This picture of a goldfinch was taken by Gareth Blockley. NNL-151026-114939001
This picture of a goldfinch was taken by Gareth Blockley. NNL-151026-114939001

The Banbury Ornithological Society is calling on all bird watchers and nature lovers to help them reach 130 species of bird at two locations in and around the town.

Members of the group are still hopeful they can reach the figure as part of their Big Bird Year challenge. They have currently spotted 122 different species at Grimsbury Reservoir and the Upper Cherwell Valley.

Mike Pollard, conservation officer at the Banbury Ornithological Society, said: “Since our last update back in the spring, the Big Bird Year count has increased to an excellent 122 different bird species. 

“July to September was particularly notable for some excellent sightings of wading birds stopping off on their southward migration, including Black-tailed Godwit and Wood Sandpiper.  A good run of Spotted Flycatchers and Redstarts also added interest and colour, favouring scrub around the cattle grazed field next to the reservoir.”

The group is calling on people to head to the area before the end of the year and Mr Pollard added there is a good chance of seeing a variety of wildlife.

He said: “There is a good chance of seeing kingfishers at the moment, especially along te River Cherwell.

To check out the birds seen to date visit grimsburybirds.blogspot.co.uk