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In the table below, the first 20 boxes are those erected by the bird-ringers and are of the small-hole type. They are located along Wey Top Path in Wey Wood.

Boxes 21 and 22 are examples of the open-fronted type of nestbox and are located behind a former workshop in the old farmyard. There are a number of this type of box around the farm and, to date, none of them have ever been taken up by any type of bird.

Boxes 23 to 31 are again of the small-hole type and are positioned along Wey Top Path in Wey Wood.

Those with the prefix X were put up by Brian Lavers, a Countryside Restoration Trust volunteer with both the conservation and monitoring groups at the farm. With the exception of X11 (located near the old farmyard), these boxes are to be found south of the Tankersford Wood permissive footpath.

The ten boxes with Roman numerals are all fixed high up on the north-facing side of the new dairy building. This is their first appearance in the annual summary.

The “barn owl box”, the “stock dove box”, the “river box” and the “little owl box” are purpose-made large-hole type boxes and are located in the area of Wey Wood.

In 2012, the names of the ringers were not recorded and the column is empty.

BOX SPECIES OUTCOME RINGER
1 Box not found
2 Box not found
3 Blue tit Very small young
4 Tit Very small young
5 Tit 7 eggs
6 Nest material only
7 Empty
8 Empty
9 Empty
10 Nest material only
11 Nest material only
12 Blue tit 9 eggs
13 Nest material only
14 Empty
15 Empty
16 Empty
17 Nuthatch 5 eggs
18 Empty
19 Empty
20 Blue tit 10 eggs
21 Empty
22 Empty
23 Blue tit Bird on eggs
24 Empty
25 Tit 5 eggs + very small young
26 Blue tit 8 eggs
27 Blue tit Bird on eggs
28 Blue tit Bird on eggs
29 Blue tit 8 eggs
30 Blue tit Bird on eggs
31 Blue tit Bird on eggs
X1 Blue tit Ver small young
X2 Great tit 8 eggs
X3 Great tit 7 eggs + 3 young
X4 Empty
X5 Nuthatch 6 young
X6 Blue tit Very small young
X7 Great tit Very small young
X8 Blue tit 8 young
X9 Nest material only
X10 Blue tit Small young
X11 Nuthatch 6 young
X12 Unable to open box
X13 Great tit Very small young
I Blue tit Bird sitting on eggs
II Could not be reached
III Could not be reached
IV Nest material + wasps’nest
V Empty
VI Nest material only
VII Nest material only
VIII Nest material only
IX Nest material only
X Blue tit 8 eggs
Barn owl box Mandarin 13 eggs, all cold
Stock dove box Mandarin/stock dove 5 mandarin eggs + 1 stock dove egg
River box Stock dove 2 eggs
Little owl box Great tit Nest under construction
TOTALS       BLUE TITS 14  GREAT TITS 20  NUTHATCH 12  STOCK DOVE 2

The Totals row refers to the number of ringed pulli (young birds who cannot yet fly).

Commenting on the low numbers in 2012, David Ross says, “It has been a pretty bad year all round. Last year I ringed 421 pulli, this year only 280 — and that incudes pulli from 20 new boxes in a local wood. It wasn’t that the boxes weren’t taken, they seemed to be abandoned with lots of dead young or cold eggs. The ringing secretary for Surrey bird club has found the same thing, a shortage of young birds.”

Brian Lavers adds, “The tits time their egg hatching to coincide with the appearance of caterpillars with which to feed their young, especially the caterpillars in oak trees. This year was one of those when it all went disastrously wrong due to the very wet April.”

The survey of nest boxes took place on 17th May this year and on 21st May in 2011 and 2010.

Nestbox #29, located on Wey Top Path and home this year to 8 blue tit eggs. In 2010’s survey it was empty and in 2011 a predated blue tit nest was found.

Nestbox #X5, located in Tankersford Wood and home this year to 6 young nuthatch. In 2010 it was empty and in 2011 6 young nuthatch were ringed in this box.