The West End of Yateley Common has long been an important area for breeding Nightingales, but in recent years numbers have fallen as the once suitable thicket like habitat has developed into a less suitable woody environment.

The Nightingale depends on the thick cover of vegetation to protect it from predators, and provide suitable nesting and foraging space.  By cutting the Oaks and Willow and layering them it is hoped that the thicket type habitat will be recreated providing protection, and that interspersed trees will provide perches from which the males can call.

Throughout the winter period volunteers have been working hard to try and recreate the habitat favoured by Nightingales. It is hoped that by managing the West End of Yateley Common in this way we can encourage Nightingale numbers to improve.

This habitat managment is important because of a national decline in the population of Nightingales which between 1995 and 2008 are believed to have declined by 53%

This year The British Trust for Ornithology is carrying out a Nightingale Survey, for more information go to:


On Wednesday 15th February staff from the Environment Agency spent the day helping to recreate Nightingale Habitat as part of their team building day.