East Devon’s rare Dartford warbler numbers on the up

Rare sighting: the Dartford Warbler. Photo: Richard Austin News Pictures. © Richard Austin 2001 Rare sighting: the Dartford Warbler. Photo: Richard Austin News Pictures. © Richard Austin 2001

Monday, December 9, 2013
11:30 AM

EAST Devon’s rare Dartford warbler may be increasing in numbers.

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Sightings of the bird – previously confined to lowland heathlands such as the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths between Exeter and the Jurassic Coast – have been recorded at higher altitudes and as far afield as the Midlands, according to findings in the latest British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Bird Atlas.

Numbers of the rare bird had been on the rise before a setback in 2010. Estimated to be as low as just 600 breeding pairs in the UK, this year seven breeding pairs and 22 males have been recorded on the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.

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