Year of bird events takes flight at Derbyshire National Trust

A male ring ouzel.
A male ring ouzel.
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A year of events at a Derbyshire National Trust is set to take flight in 2015, celebrating the ‘amazing lives of birds’.

The National Trust at Longshaw, in the Peak District, is planning a host of events exploring the variety and resilience of moorland and woodland birds.

The ‘year of birds’ kicks off with the Festival of Birds on Saturday with a guided walk and a talk by ring ouzel specialist Bill Gordon and ranger John Mead.

Other events throughout the year include ringing demonstrations, surveying walks and bird box building.

Longshaw is home to the scarce pied flycatcher, a tiny black and white bird which migrates from Africa to breed in Padley Gorge.

This year, National Trust rangers have provided special nest boxes for them and take care to ensure the boxes are not taken over by other species before the flycatchers arrive from Africa.

Megan Carroll, project coordinator, said: “I’m very excited about the year ahead.

“I’ve always been a bird fanatic, and I know that this enthusiasm takes hold of visitors of all ages and levels of knowledge”.