The surveys in Manchester are targeting 40 different sites that were selected using a
Maxent model as described in a previous post.
Some of these sites have been dropped from the survey. Broad EES Dole will not be visited as there are actually
already regular sightings of stock dove recorded on Manchester Birding. Some of the sites around the North of the
River Irwell will also be dropped as it is clear that stock dove are heavily present in this area.
Northenden Golf Course has also been replaced with Merseybank Playing Fields after reexamining the model. Didsbury Golf Course has also been dropped as permission has not been given to survey this site.
The surveys are planned to include 2 visits to each site with a total of 5 minutes spent on the site per hectare. Each hectare of each site will be visited.
As of the 11th April I have surveyed 21 sites and found stock dove on 7 of those sites. The sites that stock dove have been found are:
|Site||Survey Date||Number of Stock Dove|
|Broadoak Park||2nd March||1|
|Platt Fields Park||22nd March||3|
|Merseybank Playing Fields||10th April||1 (flyover)|
|Wythenshawe Sports Ground||10th April||2|
|Birchfields Park||22nd March||2|
|Chorlton-Cum-Hardy Golf Course||9th April||1|
|Hough End Playing Fields||8th April||1|
I have also seen a stock dove on the Fallowfield Loop around Bethnel Drive Allotments.
Stock dove have not been found on the following sites:
|Clayton Vale||9th March|
|Brookdale Park||9th March|
|Queen’s Park||14th March|
|Broadhurst Park||14th March|
|Newton Heath||14th March|
|Silverdale Country Park||17th March|
|Brookdale Golf Course||18th March|
|Philip’s Park||18th March|
|Gorton Reservoirs/Debdale Park||25th March|
|Willow Grove Cemetery||25th March|
|Mersey between Wilmslow Road and Mersey Vale Nature Park||6th April|
|Gosjac A.C. Fishing Ponds||6th April|
|Highfield Country Park||9th April|
|Cringle Park||9th April|