Dartford warbler spotted on New Forest heathland for first time in over a decade
AN ICONIC New Forest bird has been recorded at heathland in New Milton for the first time in more than 10 years.
The rare Dartford warbler, which is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, was spotted at Barton Common for the first time since August 2004 by local expert Keith Betton.
He told the Daily Echo: “It’s always exciting when a rare bird is recorded in a new location.
“The grazed gorse is a good habitat for the birds, and I’m hopeful that in the coming months we will record even more species.
“There are two birds present – so I am hoping they may stay around for the breeding season.”