A survey carried out on the use of the bird boxes on the WLT's Kites Hill Reserve confirmed that in the last season two thirds of the tit boxes had been used, with half of them showing evidence that the birds had fledged. It was thought that most had been inhabited by Great Tits and Blue Tits.
The Barn Owl boxes have also been occupied although, unfortunately, as yet, not by Barn Owls. Instead Stock Doves and Jackdaws had taken up residence. This is not unusual as owls can take a few years to nest in boxes and frequently use them as roost sites before making a nest. Tawny Owl boxes will also be installed later in the year.
The ongoing work by British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) continues to be an important element on the ancient Beech woodland reserve at Kites Hill. The woodland is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is managed in line with Natural England's prescriptions for this habitat type. The BTCV group have recently removed non-native sycamore trees, carried out coppicing and felled a 30m ash tree that had become uprooted during the winter's heavy snows.
How you can help
During a trip to Kites Hill in July 2009 WLT staff saw a Red Kite flying approximately 2 miles from the reserve. If you have seen a Red Kite on, or near, Kites Hill we would love to hear about it. Please email Mary Tibbett at mtibbett*AT*worldlandtrust.org. (Please replace *AT* with @ in your email To field.)