The discovery of a locally rare bird, a stone curlew, earlier this summer during an ecological survey at a farm near Wellow and the flurry of interest it generated amongst bird watchers highlights the value of farmland for wildlife and the need for conservationists and farmers to work more closely than ever according to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
The bird was discovered by ecologist Greg Gilmore whilst undertaking a survey on land managed by farmer Tom Channing. The survey was commissioned after Tom applied to take part in the Trust’s Nature Recovery Network in Farmed Landscapes project, funded by Severn Trent Water. Tom was keen to create a new feeding scrape for wading birds and the survey was carried out to assess the value of the site for birds.
The discovery of the stone-curlew, a crow-sized bird with the general shape and actions of an oversized plover, with large yellow eyes and black-tipped bill giving the stone-curlew a striking look, was quite a surprise to Greg. The species is generally a rare summer visitor to southern England and East Anglia making it a very unusual find in Nottinghamshire.