If you love coots and mute swans, then Langford is place to be right now! as highlighted by the July WeBS count...
Black headed gull
Great crested grebe
Ferruginous x Pochard
Great white egret
Little ringed plover
Black tailed godwit
Bar-headed goose (feral)
Water levels are dropping a little bit in the Phase 3 area at the moment as we get started with our annual reed planting and this is luring in a smattering of waders. We've had good numbers of black-tailed godwits moving through recently with 21 on the 4th July and also had four sandwich terns on site for a short period on 12th July. Photo below of the cheese and pickle tern taken by James Wilkinson.
Reed planting this year is focusing on the central Phase 3 island. We are aiming to plant 20000 seedlings, all of them surrounding by temporary fencing to allow them to settle before being exposed to the hungry hoards of geese. All seedlings are grown on site in our polytunnel by reed propagator extraordinaire Ross and are then planted between July and late September by our volunteer teams. 20000 would be a new record number, so you'll be seeing a lot of frantic activity over the coming weeks.
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