Congratulations to Cirencester Wildlife Photograph Competition, Gary Cox, for his magnificent image of a male Bullfinch. His winning shot won the Cirencester Wildlife Group Photograph Competition in the over 16’s category. The prize was a bat detector’s starter kit donated by Wildwood Ecology, which Gary said he would start using straight away. The award was presented by our Managing Director, Richard Dodd, at our Cirencester Office. The photograph received the most votes in a poll on the Cirencester Wildlife Group Facebook page, coordinated by Melanie Dodd.

The male bullfinch is unmistakable with a pinkish/red breast and cheeks, grey back, black cap and tail, and bright white rump. They feed on the buds of various trees in spring and were once considered a ‘pest’ of fruit crops.

The winner of the under 16’s was awarded to Connie Young (10 years old), for her amazing photograph of Yarrow.

To find out more about the Cirencester Wildlife Group, visit their Facebook Page @WildCiren

Key facts – birds

  • There are nearly 600 species of wild British birds, with over 200 species recorded breeding in 2009. Many of our species are resident all year round, but we also host many wintering populations and summer migrants.
  • The majority of birds breed during the spring and summer (typically between March and August), although breeding can be extended either side of this period, and some species (e.g. barn owls) can be found breeding at any time of year.
  • Birds can be found in almost every area of the UK and as such nearly every development site has the potential to support breeding bird populations, and birds should be considered at every stage of a development.