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london www.gavingardiner.com have been following the same pattern of arrival as they did in 2017. last year observations of woodcock peaked in the first week of november following the full moon on the 4th. this year there will be a full moon on 24 november.
While the moon phase and hard frosts in the UK are widely believed to drive woodcock migration, scientists have found that wind in scandinavia, the Baltic, Finland and western Russia with some birds travelling from siberia.
Doctor andrew Hoodless, the Gwct’s leading woodcock authority, told shooting times: “the word from scandinavia is that their impression is one of a poor breeding season owing to the exceptionally dry summer. In Russia, the early evidence