The GWCT’s portal to its woodcock tagging satelite project has now gone live. Woodcock Watch is a website that allows visitors to follow the progress of birds that have been tagged. The project ran for the first time in 2012 when 12 birds were tagged, allowing them to be tracked during their migration.

The GWCT hopes to discover the routes between British wintering areas and Continental breeding grounds in spring, as well as the return route; the timing of the departure from different breeding grounds and the total time taken for the spring and autumn migrations, including the differences between adults and juveniles; details of stop-over locations and durations; and the fidelity of individual birds to particular routes and winter sites.

The rest of this article appears in the 24th April issue of Shooting Times.

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