Follow the trail to match the footprints with the winter animals that made them.
This Hooded Crow, a male, was shot by Mr Kennett on Hayling Island, and is part of the Knight Collection. It is thought to date to the late 19th to early 20th century when it was legal to shoot birds now protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981.
Today, Hooded Crows are resident in Scotland and Ireland and winter visitors to the east coast of England. In the past they were winter visitors to Hayling Island, where they fed on mussels and were described as ‘of regular and fairly common occurrence on all our [Hampshire] coasts’ (Kelsall and Munn, 1905).
By 1918, the south coast of Hayling Island - which had formerly been visited by ‘considerable numbers of the Hooded or Royston Crow’ - had found itself ‘completely deserted' by the birds 'for the past two or three years’ (Sandeman, 1918).
Kelsall, J E & Munn, P W (1905). The Birds of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. London: Witherby
Sandeman, John Glas (1918). The Hooded or Royston Crow. Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society, Volume 8, Part 2 1918