A Plovers in Peril project update from Wynona & Ben...
We are super excited to share news that the first ringed plover nests of the season have appeared on the beaches at Heacham South and Snettisham, a special strip of coast home to declining numbers of breeding ringed plover and oystercatcher during the summer months.
The first ringed plover nest was found earlier this week by our wonderful volunteers who spend a huge amount of their time here on their local beach watching these incredible birds and following their journey to breed here.
A ringed plover nest. Image: Wynona Legg.
The warm weather this spring has clearly got the ringed plover going a little earlier than last year with birds seen nest building and mating from early March. Things have been steadily building up over the last few weeks with lots of activity, but they’ve sure been keeping us on our toes as to when the first nest would appear!
News of first ringed plover nests has been reaching us from neighbouring sites across Norfolk too as the birds start to settle in for the season and gear up for the challenges that lay ahead for all beach nesting birds and their precious cargo. Its an exciting time but means we must be extra careful when we plan our trip to the beach.
How the Plovers in Peril project are helping beach nesting birds on these beaches:
Safeguarding areas for beach nesting birds. Image: Steve Rowland.
How we can all help beach nesting birds on these beaches
Other ways to help beach nesting birds:
By doing these simple things on your visit to the beach through the nesting season, you can help these precious eggs become chicks, and chicks become adult birds that may return year after year, filling the skies with their joyful flights and wonderful rhythmic calls – the best soundtrack to our cold water swim or walk by the coast.
A fledgling from 2021 taking its first flight. Image: Phill Gwilliam.
In Norfolk we are lucky to have some incredibly rare and special birds breeding on our beaches; with the collective help of our communities from the people who manage them to the people who visit them again and again, we can all play a part in giving wildlife space to thrive.
RSPB’s Plovers in Peril Project is in partnership with Wild Ken Hill and is funded by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk through the Habitats Monitoring and Mitigation Fund. Our work has been generously supported by Natural England.
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