Twitchers and amateur nature lovers are gearing-up for what promises to be a bumper year for spotting native and alien naturalists.
Tony Henge, of the Royal Society for the Protection of Naturalists (RSPNs, says that the UK is expecting the the largest number ever of Flocking Humbles, Snapping Packhams as well as, the perrennial, Crooning Attenborough.
'Concerted conservation efforts by the UK government and public has meant that more and more of these magnificent creatures are gracing our shores' says Tony. 'We expect naturalists to start gathering and flocking early in March in preparation for mating in April/May. Huge flocks will be visible along the M4 corridor and South Coast. Hardier breeds, such as the Simon Kingtwitcher will have over-wintered in the Shetlands and Hebrides. Sadly the once ubiquitous Bearded Oddie, is now considered all but extinct in mainland UK.'
The fact that these breeds have returned to our islands is great news for British wildlife, especially the flora, as they transmit pollen on their Barbours and seeds in their stools. They should not be approached however, as they can turn vicious if spooked. Readers will remember the spate of Oddie bites in the spring of 2007, which led to a backlash culling of this breed and it's current state of near extinction.
Twitchers anticipate best year yet for naturalist spotting.
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