Coppett Hill
Coppett Hill

Natural History: Fauna: Birds

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There has been no recent overall monitoring of bird life on Coppett Hill, though the Trust has erected some 50 bird boxes, mainly on the east of the hill. It had been hoped that they would encourage pied fly catchers, but to date they are occupied by great, blue and coal tits and the occasional nuthatch.  The birdbox data is reported to the Herefordshire Nature Trust as part of their county-wide monitoring system.

Of the raptors, the buzzard is the most populous species and can almost always be seen over all parts of the hill. There is also a pair of goshawks nesting on the site and the peregrine falcons, nesting on Coldwell Rocks at Symonds Yat can be readily studied from the far south of the area. In addition there are sparrow hawks and the rarer hobby and red kite have been seen. (However, the best place to view the goshawks and peregrine falcons in the summer is from  the RSPB viewing site on Symonds Yat Rock.)

Greater Spotted Woodpecker

The woods on the east of the hill have greater spotted and green woodpeckers, nuthatches and tree creepers. The meadow pippit and spotted flycatcher is present on the west as well as the stonechat and whitethroat. 

 

As an indication of the sorts of bird species you might expect to see on the hill in mid summer, the list below was reported by the Herefordshire Ornithological Society on a Herefordshire Walking Festival Walk in June 2011

LIST OF BIRDS IDENTIFIED AT COPPETT HILL AND RIVER WYE JUNE 2011

 

 

 

 

Robin

Blackbird

Jackdaw

Chaffinch

House Martin

Woodpigeon

Sand Martin

Skylark

Swift

Pheasant

Blue Tit

Greenfinch

Goldfinch

Coal Tit

House Sparrow

Goldcrest

Magpie

Dunnock

Mallard

Blackcap

Wren

Crow

Mute Swan

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Willow Warbler

Kestrel

Linnet

Common Whitethroat

Yellow Hammer

Buzzard

Song Thrush

Chiffchaff

Meadow Pipit

Rook

Bullfinch

Long Tailed tit

Nuthatch

Peregrine falcon

Lesser Blacked gull

Cormorant

Mandarin Duck

Canada Goose

Treecreeper

Garden Warbler

Reed Bunting

Swallow

Raven

Mistle Thrush

Collared Dove

Jay

Great Tit

 

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