Our ‘species of the day’ series is a month long feature throughout June 2011 that celebrates biodiversity in the County Borough of Bridgend, South Wales. It’s part of Wales Biodiversity Week that promotes biodiversity and its benefits throughout Wales.
Today’s local species of the day in Bridgend is the Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)
The dipper is a plump brown bird with a white front that is found throughout the year in the UK along fast flowing rivers. It gets its name from the bobbing motion the bird makes when perched on stones and rocks. The dipper feeds primarily on insects, which it dives for and collects from river beds. The presence of insects in a river are an important indicator of river quality, so the presence of dippers on our rivers in Bridgend are a good sign that they are in a healthy state for wildlife to thrive.