Send us your wildlife records

Recording wildlife is an easy way to get involved in wildlife conservation. It is a way of helping us to monitor wildlife across the county to gain an understanding of an animal’s distribution. Your records can help us identify areas which are especially important for wildlife and identify species in decline or under threat.

Each season we ask you to help Norfolk's wildlife by sending us your records of three species. You don't have to be an expert – all you need to do is tell us when and where you encounter them. This could be through seeing or hearing the species! Use the form to record online, or phone or email us using the details below.

Our current total of wildlife records submitted for this survey are


952
Fieldfare

119
Mistle thrush

401
Redwing

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Fieldfare
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Redwing
This December, January and February Norfolk Wildlife Trust is asking people to look out for three bird species. If you spot mistle thrush, redwings or fieldfares in Norfolk please share your sighting with us.

 

How to spot a redwing

The redwing is a winter visitor to Norfolk, enjoying the feast of seasonal berries found in our hedgerows, gardens and parks. They migrate here at night – on clear evenings listen out for their ‘tsee’ call overhead. They can often be spotted in flocks with fieldfares, moving from bush to bush looking for food.

The redwing is dark brown above and white below, with a black-streaked breast and distinctive orangey-red flanks and underwing, which the similar song thrush lacks. It has a very smart face pattern, with a white eyebrow stripe and dark brown cheeks.
 

How to spot a fieldfare

The fieldfare is a large, colourful thrush that visits the Norfolk in the winter to feast on berry-laden bushes in hedgerows, woodlands and parks. Fieldfares are sociable birds and can be seen in flocks of more than 200 birds roaming through the countryside. They often venture into gardens when there is snow cover or if it is a severe winter.

The fieldfare has a chestnut-brown back and yellowy breast, streaked with black. It has a black tail, dark wings and pale grey rump and head. It is a little smaller than the similar-looking mistle thrush, but quite distinctive.
 

How to spot a mistle thrush

The mistle thrush is a large songbird, commonly found in parks, gardens, woodland and scrub. It probably gets its common name from its love of mistletoe. It enjoys the sticky berries and, once it has found a berry-laden tree, will guard it from any would-be thieves. In turn, it helps mistletoe to thrive by accidentally 'planting' its seeds while wiping its bill on the tree bark to remove the sticky residue; it also disperses the seeds in its droppings.

Mistle thrush
The mistle thrush can be confused with the common song thrush, but is in fact slightly larger. It...
Redwing
The redwing is a small thrush that visits Norfolk in the winter to feast on berry-laden bushes in...
Fieldfare
Fieldfares are large stocky thrushes with a similar shape to blackbirds and the same size as a mi...

Redwing:

Classified in the UK as Amber under the Birds of Conservation Concern 5: the Red List for Birds (2021). It is protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 and is listed as Near Threatened on the global IUCN Red List of Threatened.
 

Fieldfare:

Classified in the UK as Red under the Birds of Conservation Concern 5: the Red List for Birds (2021). Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.
 

Mistle thrush

The mistle thrush is on the 'red list' of British birds, due to an overall population decline of more than a quarter in recent years, although in the 19th century this species spread dramatically northwards (reflected in a continuing increase in Scotland). It is also believed that the decline may be linked to increased infant mortality.

Mistle thrushes are scarce in Broadland and the fens, and in mid-Norfolk. Winter survival seems to be a problem, soil invertebrates are very important to all the ground-feeding thrushes in winter and 'improved' grassland and intensive arable fields support very few, the birds have to rely on fruit which is less nutritious and vulnerable to insensitive hedgerow management.

Redwing
 

  • Redwings detect fruit using ultraviolet vision.
  • A tiny population of redwings breed in the UK, but most of our birds come from Iceland and Scandinavia in the winter.
  • The redwing gets its name after its rouge underwings
  • It is the smallest thrush in the UK.
  • Redwings build a cup-shaped nest out of grass, moss, twigs and lichen, usually low to the ground in dense vegetation.
  • According to the Woodland Trust website they are known as something of a nomad in the bird world, very rarely returning to the same place to spend the winter.
  • Redwings migrate from Iceland, the Faroes and Scandinavia to Norfolk, often travelling by night.

 

Fieldfare
 

  • Fieldfares will nest in small colonies, giving them greater protection against predators and higher breeding success. They will aggressively defend the nest, often pelting intruders with droppings.
  • The Spanish call fieldfares the royal thrush because of their upright stature and beautiful plumage.
  • Fieldfares will aggressively defend a food source. Other birds will be chased away if they get too close.
  • The name fieldfare is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘feldware’ which meant ‘traveller of the fields.’
  • According to the Woodland Trust the fieldfare is a common visitor in winter, with more than 600,000 birds typically migrating here each year. The number of birds that stay here all year is much smaller. In 2017, just two pairs are thought to have bred in the UK.

 

Mistle thrush
 

  • The mistle thrush likely got its name from its love of mistletoe – it will defend a berry-laden tree with extreme ferocity.
  • The mistle thrush is also known as the 'storm cock' and 'rain bird' as it can be heard singing loudly from the tops of high trees after spring rains.
  • The Latin name for this bird translates to 'devourer of mistletoe'
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How to take part in this wildlife survey...

Online


The quickest way to take part is by clicking on the submit button below. You will then be asked: what you saw, when you saw it, where you saw it and who you are.

By phone


Phone Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Information Service on 01603 598333. Don’t forget you will need to tell us: what you saw, when you saw it, where you saw it and who you are.

By e-mail


Send us an email to [email protected]. Don’t forget you will need to tell us: what you saw, when you saw it, where you saw it and who you are.

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