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The Strawberry Line’s Breeding Birds and their Biophilic Benefits (Vale of Winscombe Section)

Version 1 : Received: 12 September 2020 / Approved: 13 September 2020 / Online: 13 September 2020 (23:51:52 CEST)

How to cite: Garland, L. The Strawberry Line’s Breeding Birds and their Biophilic Benefits (Vale of Winscombe Section). Preprints 2020, 2020090303 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0303.v1). Garland, L. The Strawberry Line’s Breeding Birds and their Biophilic Benefits (Vale of Winscombe Section). Preprints 2020, 2020090303 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0303.v1).

Abstract

The Strawberry Line is a linear Local Nature Reserve extending along a dismantled railway corridor in North Somerset, England. The Reserve is cherished as a recreational resource by local communities and I am very fortunate to live beside it. During the COVID-19 lockdown of spring 2020, I decided to make use of my permissible daily exercise to record the distribution of breeding birds along my particular ‘patch’ of the Strawberry Line - the Vale of Winscombe section in the Mendip Hills. In describing the Reserve’s birdlife, I hope that I can provide an added layer of interest for locals and visitors, which might help in these difficult times deliver an enhanced dose of Nature’s Fix’ and perhaps also shine a light towards a greater appreciation and connection with the natural world.

Subject Areas

Breeding birds; bird diversity; birdsong; biophilic; mental wellbeing; Nature’s Fix; Strawberry Line; Vale of Winscombe; Mendip Hills

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