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Breeding Success at Attenborough

Friday 21st October

Breeding Success at Attenborough

Nottinghamshire may seem like a million miles away from the sunny climes of the Mediterranean, but that’s not to stop one little warbler from calling Attenborough Nature Reserve its home.

Despite one of the coldest winters on local records, we are delighted to find that the Cetti’s Warbler, a bird more commonly found in the Mediterranean and only a relatively recent resident of the UK, has had its most successful year ever at Attenborough - with six pairs breeding on the reserve this summer.

Visitors to the reserve in recent weeks will have found it hard to miss the birds’ explosive bursts of song as they can be heard around almost every corner.

It is even possible to see one singing in the reedbed in front of the Nature Centre itself. It’s now possible to count double figures of the birds on a single visit to the centre, and they are fast becoming so frequent that local birders have named them ‘Reed Robins’.

However it has not always been so easy for the Cetti’s Warbler. Unlike most of the warblers in the UK the Cetti’s is a resident species and doesn’t migrate south to Africa for the winter, making it very susceptible to our cold winters. Following severe winter in 1986/87 the British population crashed and for many years they were largely confined to warmer regions of the south, south-east England and southern parts of Wales.
However the mild winters of recent years have since enabled the Cetti’s Warbler to expand its range and in 2007 the first breeding record for Nottinghamshire was confirmed – at Attenborough. This pair successfully went on to raise four chicks and since then they have gone from strength to strength.

For the chance to hear a Cetti’s Warbler or just a family day out, visit our Attenborough Centre or contact us on 0115 972 1777 for information on a range of activities taking part over the next few months.

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