This year’s campus winter bird survey saw a rise on the Streatham Campus of resident bird numbers with 32 species records.
We were pleased to see a Treecreeper recorded in the Lower Hoopern Valley and a Nuthatch is spotted among the Bullfinches regularly visiting the bird feeders outside Streatham Farm.
It looks like we have more birds on St Luke’s Campus and the area supports four red / amber listed species.
Numbers are still lower than we would like to sustain; we try to manage open spaces to provide useful habitats but do with any suggestions.
Birds making the most of the bird feeders outside Streatham Farm in harsh weather conditions
The University’s Grounds Team have the greatest respect for the environment and biodiversity on campus.
This includes delaying hedge cutting until after the bird nesting season, to avoid disturbing the wildlife that use our hedgerows.
This approach allows nesting birds such as Bullfinch to raise their young successfully.
The Streatham and St Luke’s Campuses are extensively used by nesting birds, with a population of 700-800 breeding birds recorded on our campuses this year.
Bullfinch birds nest