Nightingales
Nightingale being Ringed Suffolk has always been something of a stronghold for the nightingale with the area around Alton being particularly important. Recent surveys have revealed that this species now tends to be found in areas of scrub rather than the more generally held view that 7-year old coppice was the preferred habitat. This was certainly the case at Alton that had little coppice but much scrub.
Specific scrub management is a relatively undeveloped technique and we have relied on a long term constant effort ringing programme to help guide us formulate suitable prescriptions. Results confirm that succession to woodland can indeed be controlled and that numbers of summer migrants such as nightingales can be maintained or improved by appropriate management. Nightingale Habitat
Nightingale being Ringed Annual surveys in early May help to pin point individual territories and help identify suitable habitats. Dense cover from species such as blackthorn, hawthorn and bramble is essential along with the ability to forage for insects on bare ground. Scrub is a very dynamic habitat and lack of intervention allows woodland to develop that is no longer suitable for nightingales.