Annual bird survey 2012
Every month, Arthur Ball, a local ornithologist, visits Cleeve Common to count numbers of birds along 3 pre-set routes. At the end of the year, he compiles a comprehensive report of his findings. He comments that overall, it was a disappointing year, because the numbers of small birds were remarkably low, only half those recorded some 10 years ago. There is no obvious reason for this decline, but it is reflected right across the UK.
There were some highlights to brighten the year however. In January, he came across a flock over 300 Yellowhammers and a Woodcock in February; there were also reports of up to 20 Ring Ouzels passing through in April.