The Kingfisher

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) at Chidswell Heybeck 2021

If you see a shot of electric blue, chances are you have spotted a Kingfisher.

A member of the Kingfisher family, they are an unmistakable bright blue and orange bird. Flying rapidly over slow or still water.

Kingfishers eat fish and aquatic insects.

They are vulnerable to cold weather and habitat degradation through pollution or unsympathetic management of watercourses.

The Kingfisher is offered additional protection under Schedule 1 of The Wildlife and Countryside Act.

They are amber listed indicating a moderate decline in their number or reduction in their species range.  Decline is put down to river pollution.

Kingfishers do not normally move very far.

It is extremely important for survival of the Kingfisher that the right habitat and good water quality are maintained.

Kingfishers are here!

Let’s keep a home for the Kingfisher here!

Click on here to go the the RSPB website to find out more about the Kingfisher

Fact sources: RSPB Giving Nature a Home, & RSPB Handbook of British Birds

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