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A summer visitor to the heaths where it hunts dragonflies.



Photograph by: 
Ian Ballam

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Hobby
Scientific Name Falco subbuteo
Status Local
Interest Level
Species Family Falcons
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
Preferred Environment
  • Downland and scrub
  • Heathland
Look for The swift-like silhouette as it pursues prey in flight
Additional Identification Notes
  • Looks like a peregrine but is smaller
  • Hunts dragonflies and other large insects over heathland pools
  • Can be seen hunting flocks of swallows and martins during autumn migration