In re­sponse to your ar­ti­cle on the Nuthatch

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

At the end of Do­minic Couzens’ ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on the Nuthatch (Au­tumn 2018) you have a fact­box en­ti­tled ’Where to see them’. This says that there are “oc­ca­sional sight­ings in south­ern Scot­land”. What non­sense! You re­ally need to be a bit more up-to-date. Just in North Ayr­shire, where I live, there are breed­ing pop­u­la­tions in Ayr ( Rozelle Park), Ness Glen and sev­eral other lo­ca­tions. In the Glas­gow area, the RSPB has Nuthatch as a star species at Barons Haugh near Mother­well. Isus­pect that Cen­tral Scot­land has more Nuthatches than bird­watch­ers. Andy Shand At the end of Do­minic Couzens’ ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on Nuthatches (Au­tumn 2018) you state that “there are oc­ca­sional sight­ings in south­ern Scot­land”. I first spot­ted one in my gar­den (in south­ern Scot­land - Dum­friesshire to be pre­cise) about 12 years ago and now l re­port them ev­ery week with­out fail in my BTO Gar­den Bird­watch. I even had a pair suc­cess­fully rais­ing a fam­ily last year in a wood­crete nest­box in my gar­den. Nuthatches are grad­u­ally mak­ing their way fur­ther north with sight­ings in the Cen­tral Belt and beyond. Les­ley Creamer

Edi­tor Matt replies: We hold our hands up – our factfile (not Do­minic’s) drew on RSPB in­for­ma­tion, but as with many species, the Nuthatch’s range has been chang­ing in re­cent years, and the good news is clearly that they’re es­tab­lish­ing them­selves north of the bor­der.

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