Mick Farmer has sent me his excellent photograph of a female Blackcap at his bird feeder in his Bewdley garden. Most of our summer breeding Blackcaps spend the winter in Spain, Portugal and West Africa, but increasingly we are seeing a few present in the UK during the winter months. From ringing records we can tell that many of these have flown in from northern and central Europe such as Scandinavia and Germany. The male has a black cap compared to the brown of the female as seen here.
Our book ‘The Nature of Wyre – a wildlife-rich forest in the heart of Britain’ (Pisces Publications 2015) was officially launched on Friday 29th January 2016 in the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre, generously hosted by the Forestry Commission and attended by many contributors, friends and associates.