Sightings12/04/2017

Harbour Update – posted 10/04/17

This afternoon 2 Cattle Egret were in the Frome Valley, just west of Holmebridge. Looking at plumage, it looks as if it could be the same two that were in Lytchett Bay last week. The Lesser Yellowlegs made a rare appearance onto Lytchett Fields, having de-camped to the bay for most of its time recently, along with a single Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover and 2 Whimbrel also on the fields. On the Brownsea Lagoon 5 Spotted Redshank including some summer plumaged individuals were in the western bays and Sandwich Tern numbers are increasing day by day.

Finally, we’ve been working with Dorset Police Marine Division to help carry out extended patrols to monitor ‘Gull Islands’ this spring. Last year, during our annual census of the islands our charity discovered a large illegal theft of gull eggs, which we believe end up on the menu’s in some of the top restaurants in the country. We’d like to say a huge thanks to Dorset Police for their support in this issue and we hope that through these increased monitoring efforts we can really put a stop to this once and for all. For the full story CLICK HERE

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