Keen-eyed volunteers are needed to count one of the UK’s most elusive birds in more than a 1,000 woods across the UK in the 2013 national woodcock survey.
The woodcock is a beautifully camouflaged bird, with a long slender bill, that can be identified by its very distinctive flight and call. Because of their secretive nature, there has long been uncertainty about the status of the breeding population of woodcock in this country.
The first ever national count in 2003 revealed that there were about 78,000 male woodcock in Britain. The repeat survey planned for May and June will check 1,500 randomly selected woodland survey sites across England, Scotland and Wales.
Find out more at www.bto.org/woodcock-survey, where all survey information can be downloaded.