Ornithologist, members of the New Cut carrying out regular bird surveys on Paddington Meadows throughout 2018 have been delighted with some of the new species sightings and the welcome return of some old favourites. Top of the list was a Red Kite, a species almost extinct in Britain a few years ago but after successful reintroductions in Wales and Southern England they are now spreading out across the country.
The very distinctive call of the Cuckoo was heard in dense foliage, a sound not heard for many years, and a Skylark again not seen in recent years has also been sighted. The ornithologists are hopeful that the Skylark species once a permanent resident of the meadows and which gave its name to “Larkfield Avenue” will return in numbers.
The New Cut Heritage and Ecology liaise with local authorities and statutory bodies to help maintain the unique environment of the Paddington meadows and New Cut Canal. In addition they carry out regular litter picks, lobbied for better seating / benches along the canal and have begun hedge laying work parties.
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