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TWITE - HELP NEEDED
Mar 30th, 2017 at 4:57pm
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We have received this from Jamie Dunning at the RSPB in Denby Dale asking for help from individuals:

Hello.

As most of you receiving this will already know, Twite are declining across their range, and nowhere more so than here in the North west of England.

In order to understand this decline, we are attempting to do some work on he population dynamics of the remaining colonies - this will then be compared with work done historically and against populations in other areas to better inform our understanding of the habitat requirements, what’s working and what’s not.

To do this, we need to cover an awful lot of moorland in a rather narrow window of time. The main areas of interest will be to establish the following,
A) occupancy, is that particular area of moorland is occupied by breeding Twite
B) Number of pairs present on X territory.
C) Any colour ringed birds, (especially if they are in an obvious pair!).

I have a list of sites (43 in total) to visit and it has been suggested that our survey technique should be rather simply to go the central square of the grid reference, for an hour and record the above. One visit will be sufficient but two would be great.

If you (or anybody you know!) can be of any help to us by taking one or more of the grid references we’d like to visit please do drop me line.
It would be best if we can fit these visits in between May and July, but a month either side of that will be fine.

Do circulate, do get in touch & I’ll make a list for myself and Katie Aspin (RSPB) of all of those who can help and we will allocate sites and follow up with more information.

Cheers.

Jamie


A number of club members took part in the previous efforts and, as you know, this is an iconic species in our area. Anybody willing to help should contact Jamie directly on:

jamiedunning8@gmail.com

It would also be useful if anyone participating could also inform Mike Denton.
  

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Re: TWITE - HELP NEEDED
Reply #1 - Apr 6th, 2017 at 5:46pm
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It would be interesting to know the objectives of this research. ?
What are the results of previous Twite research that left Twite with two rings on each leg --Ridiculous-- is it still on going has it finished will this new research add to previous research?
    Please see Attached photos of Twite with 4 rings.
  

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Reply #2 - Apr 6th, 2017 at 5:48pm
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Another ringed Twite
  

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Reply #3 - Apr 6th, 2017 at 6:19pm
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Reg, it's called the Twite Recovery Project, which should be self-explanatory. Twite numbers in the South Pennines continue to fall and this part of the work is intended to produce an up to date assessment of current breeding numbers, together with an evaluation of suitable food availability.

The ringed birds that you have photographed were marked as a part of this work, I believe.

See:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/conservation-projects/details/2229...

https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/conservation-projects/details/3625...
  

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