Bowers Marsh continues to home one Black-necked Grebe. Hirundines have been represented by both Barn Swallows and House Martins. The male Cuckoos are still calling but can be difficult to see. On the water the Avocets and Lapwings have chicks independently walking around while the Little Ringed Plovers are still searching around on the water edges for food.

On West Canvey some Stoats were seen unsuccessfully hunting Water Voles. Raptors were represented by Peregrine and a Red Kite.  The Lapwings also had chicks.

Anyone visiting Vange Marsh recently will have seen that the water levels are very low. This is because the RSPB are planning to build some new islands for the ground nesting birds with moats around to deter foxes.They need to be able to take heavy machinery over there so is is necessary to have practically no water in the way.

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