TWITCHERS at Moors Valley Country Park have reported an increase in rare birds at the park.

Bullfinches (pyrrhula pyrrhula) and Gadwalls (anas strepera), which have been in serious decline, have already been spotted this year.

And the mild winter has meant the early arrival of the hobby hawk (falco subbuteo), which normally arrives in the UK in late April. Several nestcams in a number of different park locations are enabling visitors to watch chicks grow and fly.

And a selection of bird related events and activities from nest box building to dawn chorus walks, are encouraging people to get ornithological.For information visit