Ely’s first ever Bird Race

Ely Wildspace bird race: How many bird species can be seen around Ely in a single morning? That is what more than twenty members of Ely Wildspace tried to find out on Saturday when they took part in Ely’s first ever ‘bird race’. Five teams, each led by an experienced local birdwatcher, set out at 6am and explored every corner of the Wildspace, trying to see or hear as many bird species as possible before 11am. The winning team, led by Duncan Poyser, managed to find an incredible 79 species, and in total a truly staggering 88 species were recorded. To put this into perspective, that is more than one could expect to find during a morning spent on some of the country’s finest nature reserves!

The list included scarce visitors such as Black Tern, and rare breeders like Nightingale, Grasshopper Warbler and Turtle Dove. Most people encountered species that they had never seen before and, more importantly, learnt more about their local area and its fantastic wildlife. This was a hugely enjoyable event for everyone involved, and really demonstrates the incredible diversity of wildlife we have living on our doorsteps.