Our green spaces provide refuge for many declining rarities like yellowhammer, willow tit
numbers have crashed by 94% since 1970 and their breeding distribution has reduced by half in just 20 years, a greater decline than any once widespread bird.
The reserve is also believed to be of national importance for the willow tit
, whose numbers have seen a significant fall in recent years.
Dame Caroline Spellman, Conservative MP for Meriden, and an ex-environment minister, champions the willow tit
, saying: "The chirpy little willow tit
sadly has 'red status' meaning it is sharply declining, so I am proud to be able to do what I can to preserve this characterful species."
Populations of bee-eater and Cetti's warbler - species with a southerly distribution in Europe - have increased in recent years, while more northerly distributed species such as willow tit
and brambling have been declining in the same period.
FARMLAND and woodland birds have been hit hardest, including the wood warbler, the lesser spotted woodpecker, willow tit
, yellowhammers, larks and wading birds like lapwing.
The endangered willow tit
has been seen and it is hoped skylarks and lapwings will appear.
It is an area of Special Scientific Interest due to its wet woodland habitat which is rare in Cheshire and it's home to less common birds like the willow tit
BIRD SPOTTING RECENT sightings at the RSPB's Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve include goosander, shoveler, goldeneye, great spotted woodpecker, willow tit
, siskin and bullfinch.
The report also shows woodland birds willow warbler, spotted flycatcher and willow tit
have dramatically decreased in the region, although great spotted woodpecker has increased by more than 100%.
What you can see all year round are members of the tit family: the blue tit, willow tit
, marsh tit, crested tit, great tit, and others.