Trudging through the fairly grim early morning, the Langford WeBS Warriors tested their counting skills once again, accumulating an impressive haul of species, including the first black tern seen on a WeBS count and a record number of ringed plovers...
Great crested grebe
Black headed gull
Lesser black backed gull
Great white egret
Waders are still the flavour of the month with dunlin, ruff, ringed plovers and little stints being seen over the past couple of days. Pintail and wigeon numbers are creeping up. The last few swallows of the year are passing through and the arrival of stonechats signifies that colder weather is coming, there were three on site this morning along with a couple of wheatears.
Work is currently happening in the Silt Lagoons to try and give them a re-vamp. It's a bit of an experiment, but the aim is to try and scrape back vegetation and dig some new ponds. The former to expose bare areas, loved by wading birds and the latter for the benefit of amphibians, aquatic invertebrates and in turn anything that feeds on these delicious food sources. Once the work is complete, we'll be installing a large water pipe to divert a portion of the water from the quarry into the lagoons to wet them up again. In time the relentless march of the willow will mean that they will become areas of wet(ish) woodland, but in the short-term, bashing the habitat around a bit will create some interesting niches and opportunities.
Drone image taken by Jeremy Murfitt from Everything Is Somewhere www.everythingissomewhere.com looking eastwards with the two silt lagoons in the middle distance
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