Wetland birds in England


This video from Britain says about itself:

Easter Monday 2008. Wader scrape at WWT London Wetland Centre. Redshank and Teal feeding in the snow.

From Wildlife Extra:

Best year on record for waders at Broadland reserve

August 2008. Wetland birds have had their best breeding year on record at the RSPB’s Berney Marshes nature reserve, near Great Yarmouth. The number of pairs of breeding wading birds climbed to an all-time high with 324 pairs of redshanks, lapwings, avocets, oystercatchers and snipe.

Numbers have doubled in 10 years

The number of wading birds at the reserve has more than doubled in the last ten years, thanks to careful management and restoration of vital habitat features. Redshanks have quadrupled in number since 1998, reaching an unprecedented high of 125 pairs. Oystercatchers reached their highest number since records began in 1987, with 16 pairs this year, compared to none in 1987 and just three in 1998. Other wading birds also had a bumper season at the reserve, with 127 pairs of lapwings, 51 pairs of avocets and five pairs of snipe.

Cooperation with Local farmers

Berney Marshes is one of the few areas in the Broads where the number of breeding wading birds is increasing. RSPB wardens have worked in partnership with local farmers and graziers to create ideal conditions for lapwings, redshanks and avocets.

Oystercatchers dyed yellow to help tracking: here.

Wader wonderland at Shorne Marshes, England: here.

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