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Summer heathland breeding birds

Quantock Common is designated an Important Bird Area, first identified in 2000 for its population of breeding heathland birds.

Pied Flycatcher

Every six years, in partnership with other organisations (National Trust, Forestry England, Somerset Ornithological Society and RSPB), we undertake a comprhensive survey of Quantock Common to assess the presence and populations of breeding heathland birds such as the meadow pipit, stonechat, yellowhammer, linnet and skylark.

Volunteers and staff will visit their survey areas a number of times during the summer to count the numbers of pairs of heathland birds. As you can imagine, you need good bird identification skills to take part in this survey, but if you are interested in getting involved contact the team.

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