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Wendover WTW CES

In the middle of the last century a sewage treatment works was operated on land to the northwest of Wendover.   It closed about 50 years ago and since then has slowly reverted to an area colonised by wildlife.  Bird ringing took place to a limited extent when the site was still active but in 2004 studies were restarted and it has been operated as a CES site since 2008. Thames Water own the land and although public access is not allowed, ringing is undertaken with permission under controlled conditions.

The site is best described as dry scrub as there is no standing water.  About half the area consists of grassland and the rest is scrub such as bramble, hawthorn, blackthorn and larger trees such as ash and willow.   We operate 6 net rides with 10 mist nets amounting to a total length of 168 metres.

The main resident species include Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch and Bullfinch.  Summer visitors include Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat.  A total of 39 bird species have been ringed at Wendover since 2004.

The full botanical survey is below with links to information on each of the plant species identifCES net ride 1ied.

Lynne's Birding,
28 Jun 2017, 08:38