This page will contain photos and information on all the New Species.
If we run out of new species we will use this page to display information on some of the species found in the Dene.
No new species were found during December
are vulnerable to hard winters and habitat degradation through pollution or
unsympathetic management of watercourses. Kingfishers are amber listed because
of their unfavourable conservation status in Europe.
are widespread, especially in central and southern England, becoming less
common further north but following some declines last century, they are
currently increasing in their range in Scotland. They are found by still or
slow flowing water such as lakes, canals and rivers in lowland areas. In
winter, some individuals move to estuaries and the coast. Occasionally they may
visit garden ponds if of a suitable size.
kingfishers are important members of ecosystems and good indicators of
freshwater community health. The highest densities of breeding birds are found
in habitats with clear water, which permits optimal prey visibility, and trees
or shrubs on the banks. These habitats have also the highest quality of water,
so the presence of this bird confirms the standard of the water.
frequent scrubs and bushes with overhanging branches close to shallow open
water in which it hunts. In winter it is more coastal, often feeding in
estuaries or harbours and along rocky seashores.
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