As an update to our posting earlier this month on the Kingfisher Viewing Hub development we wanted to let you know that
Next week we will be
Features of the New Kingfisher nesting bank
We have been updating you on the construction of the kingfisher nesting bank along with other works, we thought you may like to hear more about the design behind the construction.
The bank has several features to prevent predators such as mink, stoat or weasel from accessing the nesting chambers:
Unfortunately, there is not much we can do to prevent predation from birds such as Grey Heron - who often wait patiently outside the bank to catch a passing kingfisher - or Great Spotted Woodpecker that can fly straight to the tunnel entrance and excavate into the nesting chamber.
The new nesting bank is based on the current bank design, with a few new tweaks…
We still have:
We have added two artificial nesting tunnels and chambers per sand layer, and an access chamber at the back of the bank. These two features are designed to provide an opportunity to place a camera in the nest chamber (under licence) if the Kingfishers decide to nest in one of these chambers.
This is a busy and exciting stage of the project where lots will be happening so expect more frequent updates and photos.
Please keep an eye on our website, community blog, RSPB Rye Meads and our Facebook and Twitter pages for further project updates.
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