Nightingale Survey

 The Nightingale population declined by a staggering 53% between 1995 - 2008 (Breeding Bird Survey Data) and the emerging picture from Bird Atlas 2007-11 indicates that their range is continuing to contract towards the extreme south-east of England, despite massive, local conservation efforts in traditional coppice and scrub habitats.

Thirteen years on from the last dedicated Nightingale Survey it is time to relook at what is happening to this popular songster and run another survey in 2012. Maintaining high quality habitat in these core areas will be crucial if the species is to survive as a breeding bird in Britain.