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We would like to thank all those who have given support to this project from the local community, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, the Forestry Commission, the Pond Conservation Trust, Alvecote and Shuttington Parish Council, Maurice Arnold, and all the contractors and friends, family and volunteers who have worked on the site and given us advice and support.

We are developing Alvecote Wood according to our Woodland Management Plan that has been agreed with and grant-aided by the Forestry Commission under the English Woodland Grant Scheme.

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Birds at Alvecote Wood

Mallard duck on ponds at Alvecote Wood

Alvecote Wood has a rich and varied collection of birds. There is a wide variety of habitats in which birds can live and nest, including living mature canopy trees, scrub trees and shrubs, undergrowth and scrub (e.g. bramble), a clearing area for ground-nesting birds such as pheasants, and ponds. There are also standing dead trees, nest boxes, and fallen dead wood. Food sources are also varied and multiple including a wide variety of seeds, fruit and nuts produced by the trees themselves and by other shrub and plant life.

Some of the highlights of the wood are the breeding great spotted woodpeckers. Their drumming can be heard during the Spring and their characteristic song can be heard as they feed their chicks. We also have a breeding pair of buzzards that share their time between our woods and a small copse to the south. Pheasants can be seen and heard in the undergrowth and clearing. Breeding blue tits have been assisted by provision of nest boxes. Tawny owls can be heard at dusk.

A list of birds seen at the site in June 2008, as well as a master list of all birds seen over the years is given below. A full species list including all plants, birds and animals seen on site can be downloaded as a pdf here. The Warwickshire Wildlife Trust also carried out a survey in June 2008, which can be downloaded as a pdf here.

June 2008

Pheasant
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Robin
Wren
Dunnock
Blackbird
Song Thrush
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Green Woodpecker
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Carrion Crow
Magpie
Nuthatch
House Sparrow
*Long tailed tit

* added by S Walters

Master List

Breeding birds are indicated by +

Grey Heron
Sparrowhawk+
Buzzard+
Kestrel+
Mallard
Moorhen+
Pheasant+
Woodpigeon+
Stock Dove+
Collared Dove
Cuckoo+
Tawny Owl
Little Owl
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker+
Pied Wagtail
Dunnock+
Whitethroat+
Garden Warbler+
Blackcap+
Willow Warbler+
Chiffchaff+
Goldcrest
Robin+
Blackbird+
Fieldfare
Redwing
Song Thrush+
Mistle Thrush+
Great Tit+
Blue Tit+
Coal Tit
Marsh Tit
Willow Tit
Nuthatch+
Tree Creeper+
Wren+
Chaffinch+
Greenfinch+
Goldfinch
Siskin
Bullfinch
Redpoll
Starling
Jay+
Magpie
Rook
Carrion Crow+
Jackdaw
Hobby
Skylark (adjacent fields)
Swallow
House Martin
Sand Martin