Wet Woodlands & Willow Tits – Why Scruffy Woods Are Best

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The Galloway Glens Scheme has been running a series of online events through the winter months, learning more about the amazing natural world right here in Galloway. Wednesday 17th march sees the next seminar taking place, this time getting to know the Willow Tit. One of Britain’s fastest declining bird species, the habitat around Loch Ken is turning into a nationally significant stronghold.

The event will explore the reasons for the startling decline this species is currently experiencing, and what we can do to support their survival. The Willow Tit has become a victim of tidy woods and the (now) fragmented nature of their preferred habitat. Experts from RSPB Dumfries & Galloway, drawing on their work around Loch Ken, will give a snapshot in how we can support the recovery of this special little bird.

The event will be hosted through the online zoom platform at 7.30pm on 17th March.

Book your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wet-woodland-and-willow-tits-tickets-136419451251 or search ‘Galloway Glens’ on www.eventbrite.co.uk. Log in details will be sent out to everyone that has registered before the event itself.

Andrew Bielinski, from RSPB Dumfries & Galloway, said:

“Conservation of the willow tit is one of the RSPB’s highest priorities, and Dumfries & Galloway is one of its strongholds in the UK. We are delighted to have the support of the Galloway Glens Scheme in helping us with our willow tit conservation work, which includes practical work and raising awareness of this brilliant little bird.”

The event will be hosted by Galloway Glens Project Officer, Nick Chisholm. Nick said:

So many people would walk past this special bird without realising what it is, or at least they used to. Willow Tits are now becoming increasingly rare and the reserves on Loch Ken are critically important for the species survival in Scotland. At Galloway Glens we are really pleased to offer support to this project and look forward to hearing more from the experts next Wednesday evening.

The event is being hosted by the Galloway Glens Scheme, an initiative primarily funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with support from a range of partners including Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Environment Team.

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