In 2013, northern Scotland and northern and eastern England remained stronghold areas, with between 50 per cent and 68 per cent of woods greater than 10 hectares supporting at least one roding woodcock.
and Thetford Forest.
Comparison with 2003 suggests a decline in overall site occupancy of 8 per cent in the last 10 years. We observed declines in site occupancy in eight of 11 regions, with the most severe reduction of 17.5 per cent in south-east England. Small gains were recorded in northern Scotland (5.5 per cent) and northern England (3.5 per cent). The next step is to examine the change in woodcock numbers and to produce new national population size estimates, so that we can then start to examine potential reasons for the different regional trends.
Learn more about the migrations of woodcock visiting Britain and Ireland in winter at www.woodcockwatch.com
Help us monitor woodcock trends
We are grateful to the many volunteers who participated in the 2013 Breeding Woodcock Survey and to the small band of woodcock enthusiasts who have surveyed a site annually since 2003.
Please consider monitoring a wood near you on an annual basis and help us understand the decline of this enigmatic species. Contact Andrew Hoodless firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.