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A Healthy Soundscape -Toby Collett on why it is essential to care for the wellbeing of birds

July 24 2019

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A Healthy Soundscape -Toby Collett on why it is essential to care for the wellbeing of birds

Visitors to RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Frampton Marsh Reserve are immersed in a rich soundscape of birdsong, calling, and behavioral interaction against dramatic coastal scenery. But to those who visit the reserve, Warden Toby Collett issues a simple challenge: Drive just 10 minutes from the reserve, stop the car, and listen.


Little Stint (Calidris minuta), Neil Smith

I issue this challenge to visitors so that they can better understand what a difference being within the reserve makes,” says Collett, who reminds the public that it’s essential to care for the wellbeing of birds and other wildlife beyond the reserve’s borders as well.


As reserve managers, we don’t want to be victims of our own success,” warns Collett in reference to the relative abundance of birdlife within the reserve and the potential risk that the public may take the overall protection of birds for granted.


Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), Neil Smith

According to Collett, people already care about birds, even if they aren’t aware as such. For instance,the spring arrival of swallows or a cuckoo can be a powerful reminder. So too can taking the time to stop and listen.


“Part of our mission here is to help people on that journey to caring about birds and the habitats they live in,” says Collett. “We want the public to join in the effort and to make a difference.”


Ruff (Calidris pugnax)  displaying, Neil Smith

For more information on Toby Collett and the RSPB Frampton Marsh, you may visit: Where I go birding: Toby Collett and the RSPB Frampton Marsh Reserve. To find out more about the nature reserve’s history as a former potato field, we kindly invite you to read the following article: How to transform a farm into an incredible wildlife reserve.


Toby Collett is an ecologist & warden at RSPB Frampton Marsh in addition to being a lifetime birder and naturalist. He enjoys nothing more than facilitating the enjoyment of birds for others.

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