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Waders and wildlife tips

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 17:19 UK time, Tuesday, 30 September 2008

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Miranda Krestovnikoff travelled to the Wash in Norfolk - the Heathrow airport for wading birds - to meet a group of enthusiasts that use some truly explosive technique to study bird migrations. The Wash Wader Ringing Group has been studying wading birds for 50 years. They use a technique called Canon Netting which involves firing a net from canons to catch wading birds as they feed on the beach.

In the film around 100 Sanderlings were netted. More about Sanderlings.

Also, Miranda's wildlife tips:

 

1. Rutting Deer
Autumn is the season to watch one of nature's great spectacles - deer rutting. Woodlands and country estates are great places to witness the rut especially during the first two weeks in October. During the autumn the stags start fighting each other, as they pursue the females.

 

2. Red wings
Now just as the wader birds are checking out of Britain, these birds are checking in! The redwing is a type of thrush, and we see them arrive in the UK in their thousands in October. They come from Scandinavia, fleeing the onset of the siberian winter.

They spend the winter here in the UK feasting on berries in our gardens, parks and hedgerows throughout the countryside. At first, you hear them - often at night - as they call to each other on migration. And then, when you spot them later in October, they bring a stunning flash of colour to an autumn day.

They have a lovely rusty-red underwing (or armpit!) that really stands out when they fly - and they look like they've overdone it with cream mascara, leaving a lovely stripe above their eyes.

 

3. Autumn leaf colour change
Miranda thinks Autumn is the most beautiful season of the year. Get out and enjoy the spectacular reds, orange, and yellows. Look out for colour changes in Beech, Maple and Oak tree leaves.

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