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Goshawks now up and displaying

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  • Goshawks now up and displaying

    Just as a reminder, NORTHERN GOSHAWKS are now up and displaying at many sites throughout England and Wales, allowing observers a 3-4 week window to enjoy this annual spectacle. It is also a good time to pinpoint individual territories, most nests never being within two miles of another pairs nest. It is becoming increasingly important to locate nests so that they can be safely protected, and ensure that tree-felling does not disturb them or in fact destroy the nest unwittingly.

    At very long last, the species is now on the up and expanding and increasing rapidly, from East Anglia and SE England west to Hampshire, Dorset and Devon. The New Forest now has a minimum of 12 territories and the Breckland, in excess of 15, with the Forest of Dean and central Wales being the spearhead of the population. Their main prey is Grey Squirrel and Woodpigeon, so no lack of choice, with their only predators being Eagle Owl and the odd rogue Tawny Owl.

    The display starts as early as mid February, particularly on calm, clear days, but now is premium activity time, continuing for the next three weeks. Birds can remain in the sky, tumbling back and forth, for over 45 minutes - the display being spectacular.