What we do
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Issues that have been identified as possibly affecting twite numbers:
Reduced availability of seed, especially later in the breeding season. Typically, twite raise a second brood of chicks in early August, this is not happening in the South Pennines, possibly because there is not enough seed to feed the young on
Reduced availability of suitable nesting habitat, which is primarily mature heather or bracken, which has two years growth or more
Accidental and deliberate moorland fires. Accidental fires often occur through discarded cigarettes, campfires that have not been properly extinguished, or sometimes as a result of managed moorland burning that has become out of control.
In 2016, the main focus of work will be on surveying fields which have been reseeded and also monitoring twite numbers.
We will then have a baseline survey (2008-2010), a mid project survey (in 2013) and a final survey (2016) for this part of the project to show the effect of the intervention works which will contribute to the planning of the next phase of the project.
Continuing support of farmers and landowners whose fields are being managed as twite foraging habitat.
Promoting the Twite Recovery Project to local communities and other organisations to help raise awareness of this bird and its habitat.
68 landowners/farmers have signed up to government-funded schemes for 10 years to help increase food supplies for twite.
Promotion of hay meadow late cutting date (cut once after 15th July – ideally mid to late August) to ensure that seed is available for second broods in July/August.
Charlotte WeightmanProject OfficerE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org