Following our reconnaissance a few weeks ago and the granting of appropriate permission from the company, the team set three 60ft nets between the coach and lorry park.
As expected birds assembled on the services roof and gradually increased in number as groups ranging from twos and threes to fifteen or so flew in from the surrounding area.
The birds didn’t leave the pre-roost until after 4pm by which time the light was failing fast, however contrary to the indications of our earlier observations they ignored the coach park and moved to the parking area to the right of the station. They could be seen fluttering under the street lighting and moving into the small trees but few birds chose the holm oaks where we had seen them roost before and as a result only one bird was caught by our team of 6. We will make another reccie soon and take it from there.
Pied Wagtail - 1