Birds flock to colliery sites

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MORE than 100 different species of birds have been spotted at community woodlands created on six former colliery sites in South Yorkshire.

The century milestone was passed when a little egret was seen at Dinnington Community Woodland, near Rotherham, by a member of a local birdwatching group.

Among the other species seen at the community woodlands in Dinnington, Bentley, Brodsworth, Cudworth Common, Kiveton and Thurnscoe, are several birds which are declining at an alarming rate nationally.

The tree pipit, starling, spotted flycatcher, grey partridge, willow tit, lesser redpoll, blackbird, bullfinch, song thrush, corn bunting and dunnock have all been spotted, as well as the marsh warbler which was seen at Cudworth last year.