6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Surrey Life today click here

Butcher bird spotted in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 10:41 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:57 08 March 2016

The 'butcher bird’ (Photo: Mark Adams/Surrey Wildlife Trust)

The 'butcher bird’ (Photo: Mark Adams/Surrey Wildlife Trust)

Archant

A rare bird of prey which stores its victims in a grisly larder has been seen out hunting on one of Surrey Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves.

The Great Grey Shrike - known as the ‘butcher bird’ - was identified by eagle-eyed Surrey Wildlife Trust Officer James Herd on Poors Allotment near Camberley.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen one, despite working in heathland management for seven years, so it was really exciting,” he said.

Not much bigger than a blackbird, the Great Grey Shrike hunts small mammals, lizards and beetles and it’ll even kill other birds as big as greenfinches. The predator then stores its catch in a bush or tree, to devour later at its leisure.

Only about 200 Great Grey Shrikes visit the UK every year. They travel here from Europe, Asia and North Africa to overwinter between October and May.

Poors Allotment, managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, offers the perfect habitat for Great Grey Shrikes. The heathland reserve is relatively quiet, provides a good food source and has plenty of perches, so the bird can sit up high and keep a look-out for prey. Historically the birds have also been known to visit the Trust’s reserves at Chobham Common and Ash Ranges.

***

Surrey Wildlife Trust would love to hear from anyone who manages to spot or even photograph this scarce winter visitor. To record your sighting please visit: www.surreywildlifetrust.org/SBIC

Surrey Wildlife Trust write a monthly Surrey Life magazine column.

 

More from Surrey Life

Tue, 10:52

One of the biggest foodie events in the Surrey calendar is back for 2018! Voting is open and this year’s event will take place at G Live, Guildford on Thursday 13 September 2018

Read more
Tue, 10:51

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Tue, 10:48

A community-spirited pub with its own microbrewery, The Plough has long been a haven for people venturing into the Surrey Hills. Matthew Williams visits

Read more
Tue, 10:30

Previously the private chef to the Mauritian president, Jean-Didier Gouges became head chef at The Petersham Restaurant in Richmond’s Petersham Hotel in October

Read more
Mon, 16:17

As the Runnymede Rivers Celebration got under way, Rebecca Younger visited a hotel right at the heart of the action

Read more
Mon, 11:38

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Friday, July 13, 2018

We’ve teamed up with Naturalmat to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a duvet and pillow collection worth £225

Read more
Friday, July 13, 2018

Surrey is England’s most wooded county and the Surrey Hills boasts almost 40 per cent woodland cover. These woodlands hide a wealth of archaeological features. We pick some of the best woodland walks to explore

Read more
Friday, July 13, 2018

We round up 10 of the most beautiful photos of Surrey shared on Instagram this week…

Read more
Thursday, July 12, 2018

If your skin is loose, developing deep lines, sagging or creating the appearance of jowls you may be a good candidate for the Concept™ Facelift. This type of facelift surgery is unique as the procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, and is far less invasive than traditional methods, meaning the procedure requires minimal down time.

Read more
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Surrey villages are some of the most beautiful in Britain – think red-bricked cottages, cosy pubs, village greens and picture-worthy streets. We picked 14 of the prettiest Surrey villages to live.

Read more
Monday, July 9, 2018

President of the Reigate-based English Arts Chorale and former King’s Singer Brian Kay conducted Britten’s War Requiem at Winchester Cathedral

Read more
Monday, July 9, 2018

Enjoy a 4 mile (6.5km) walk around this little known area of Surrey

Read more
Monday, July 9, 2018

With beautiful countryside, stunning villages and plenty of bluebells during spring, Surrey is an amazing place for a stroll

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Surrey's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search