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Win­ter­ing wood­cock are re­turn­ing to the UK, but ex­perts ex­pect a patchy sea­son.

the Bri­tish trust for Or­nithol­ogy’s bird track pro­gramme recorded a sud­den in­crease in the num­ber of bird­watch­ers record­ing wood­cock sight­ings in the third week of Oc­to­ber. so far the birds di­rec­tion and tem­per­a­ture at the point of de­par­ture are key fac­tors. Weather fore­casts for scan­di­navia and the Baltic show warm­ing tem­per­a­tures and west­erly winds for the next week, sug­gest­ing that the de­par­ture may be de­layed.

Dur­ing the win­ter be­tween 700,000 and 1.2mil­lion wood­cock are ex­pected to ar­rive in the UK. Bri­tish win­ter­ing wood­cock breed sug­gests a mixed pic­ture, with an in­di­ca­tion that it has been a rel­a­tively poor breed­ing sea­son west of moscow but an av­er­age one east of moscow.”

He added that “based on breed­ing alone, shoot­ers in the north are likely to see fewer wood­cock with those in the south see­ing more nor­mal num­bers. How­ever, a lot de­pends on weather at this time of year. If it sud­denly gets much colder on the con­ti­nent in the next cou­ple of weeks that may push more wood­cock to Bri­tain than we would see in an av­er­age au­tumn.”

among the birds wait­ing to re­turn are the birds satel­lite tagged through the Gwct’s wood­cock watch pro­gramme, none of which have yet crossed the north sea.

the UK’S breed­ing pop­u­la­tion of wood­cock con­tin­ues to strug­gle and the ad­vice from the Gwct re­mains not to shoot them be­fore 1 De­cem­ber, to help take pres­sure off res­i­dent breed­ing birds. Matt Cross

“Up to 1.2mil­lion wood­cock are ex­pected to ar­rive in the UK”

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