Wader nests up in English nature reserve

This video from Britain is called BERNARD DEVLIN, SOUTH WALNEY BIRD SANCTUARY.

From Wildlife Extra:

Breeding bonanza among wading birds as conservation work pays off

05/08/2010 10:14:43

Lapwings, avocets and redshank all staging a comeback

August 2010: Wading birds on the Ouse Washes have stunned staff at WWT Welney Wetland Centre by turning up in droves to breed thanks to newly created habitat, giving eager visitors the chance to see them rearing their chicks.

In 2008 just five pairs of lapwing bred on the former arable fields just beside the Ouse Washes in Cambridgshire. This year 67 breeding pairs of waders have been recorded in the same area, including lapwing, redshank, little ringed plover and avocet.

With the support of the Environment Agency and Natural England, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust converted the two areas of farmland to wet grassland over two years, providing ideal habitat for the birds. The new habitat covers nearly 80 hectares, all visible from the cafe at Wisbech’s Welney Wetland Centre.

A Ringed Plover broken wing display: here.

February 2011: No single cause can explain the recent decreases in the UK’s wader population, according to a new RSPB study, which instead suggests that different factors associated with varying land use may be influencing changes in certain species: here.

November 2010: The value of wildlife as a tourism attraction has been further illustrated as the WWT London Wetland Centre, a wildlife haven on the banks of the Thames in Barnes, has been awarded Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS). This lush, green oasis close to the heart of the capital is a popular visitor attraction, wedding venue and conference centre: here.

July 2011. In a scientific paper just published in the journal British Birds, a team of waterbird experts from the BTO, JNCC, RSPB and WWT estimate that 12.5 million waterbirds, of 85 different species, used the UK’s coasts and wetlands during the five winters of 2004/5 to 2008/09. Many of these breed in remote areas of the north with some arriving from as far west as Canada and as far east as Siberia, whilst others remain here all year round. These waterbirds include everything from the resident Mute Swans (74,000) and Grey Herons (61,000) in our local parks, to real globe-trotters such as Bewick’s Swans (7,000) and Turnstones (48,000): here.

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