UK Bird News May 2017

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Black-winged Stilt breed at Welney

After a mini influx of this striking wading bird appeared in the UK this spring (a group of 6 at Slimbridge for example) it has been confirmed that a pair have bred at WWT Welney in Cambridgeshire.The birds chose an area known as Lady Fen created some ten years ago.
Assistant warden Hetty Grant said: “When the black-winged stilts started nest scraping, mating and then incubating their clutch I was nervous with anticipation, however their rarity in the UK made them a prime target for egg collectors.
“A surveillance team had to be assembled to protect these birds. Due to the unsociable hours I was astounded by the exceptional response of staff and volunteers; an incredible 25 people took part in our stilt watches, covering over 230 hours.
“So often we hear about the negative effects of humanity on the natural world, it is amazing to be part of WWT, an organization that plays a positive role with inspiring conservation stories like this one.”
Visitors can view the rare waders from the visitor centre and further details of the reserve can be found here

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