What we do
Image: Tom Marshall
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 2 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.
Surveys of fields on the moorland edge where twite are known to breed to assess levels of food sources. These surveys are done by volunteers from April – July.
Land preparation and reseeding to take place on suitable fields within 2.5 km of nesting colonies in 2012.
Continue to work with the community to raise awareness of the plight of the twite.
Training content and events for volunteers who help with the Project (see the video below for an example).
36 landowners/farmers have signed up to government-funded schemes to help increase food supplies for twiteso far, with more in the process of coming on board
Where possible, fields shut up early to encourage dandelions for early foraging
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 of twite in July/August
Kerry GowthorpeTwite Project OfficerE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pennine Prospects – The Watershed Landscape Project