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Coed Craig Ruperra is home to many bird species throughout the year. Most common
woodland species can be seen here, and a few rarer visitors such as the crepuscular
Nightjar are attracted by specific habitats.
The site is regularly monitored by local bird groups and licensed bird ringers. This
monitoring has shown that as the site has developed from the clear felling of the
conifers in the 1990’s into mature deciduous woodland, the bird species base has
gradually changed as well. Although Ruperra is home to many resident woodland species
such as Blue and Great Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owl, Nuthatch and Tree
Creeper, the woodland is also a valuable stopover site for migrants.Chiffchaffs
are the first migrants to arrive and are the most numerous species on the site between
March and September. A very small number have also been recorded over-wintering here.
Other important species on the site include Bullfinch, Blackcap, Willow Warbler,
Wren and Song Thrush.
Winter brings its own specialities, with parties of hundreds of Redwing, Fieldfare,
Siskin and finches using the food resources of the woodland.
For a list of the species monitored on the site click here.