During autumn and winter, redwings migrate from their breeding grounds in Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland to the relative warmth of the UK. They have a striking white stripe above their eye and red patches under their wings, and can often be heard making a soft 'seep' call as they fly overhead at night.
Public observations will help to show whether redwing arrival and departure dates and the food sources they are using are changing over time.
Project manager Sarah Proctor said: “There are strong links between birds and the autumn berries they feed on. If the time when berries are available starts to shift due to climate change, it could have a serious knock on effect on our wintering birds like the redwing.”
Sarah added: “Everyone can help by taking part in our surveys. You can do this via our website, by picking up a postcard, or using our MoorWILD smartphone app.”
MoorWILD is available for Android and iOS and is one of a series of free moorland-themed identification apps produced by Moors for the Future Partnership.
To find out more visit: www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/community-science