Liam - I began birdwatching in the late 1970s, at a time when the whitethroat was a rare breeding bird in Ireland. It had suffered a population crash in 1969 caused by a drought in the Sahel zone of west Africa, where it spends the winter months. Fortunately, the population has since rebounded and it is once again widespread in Ireland. But probably because of its scarcity during my formative birdwatching years, I still get great pleasure in seeing its jerky display flight and hearings its scratchy song (Photograph: Shutterstock).
10 favourite species
Everyone who is interested in wildlife has a species which they particularly like, or they associate with a special wildlife encounter. We asked each staff member of the Data Centre to nominate their favourite species. This is our top 10 favourite species. What species would be on your list?