We’ve had an increase in visitors the last few weeks, both human and avian...

Short-eared owl by Russell Sherriff

Many visitors to the reserve have come to catch some great views of the hen harriers, marsh harriers and short-eared owls that are hunting across the reserve daily.  Some have taken some great images of these birds hunting across the rough grassland and wild bird cover.  I wish I was as good a photographer!

We have also seen our annual increase in wader and waterfowl numbers on the lagoons and mud flats.  A large flock of over 300 black-tailed godwits along with a few hundred lapwing can be seen on the lagoons, along with smaller numbers of golden plover and ringed plover.

Crossrail are continuing their work as best they can now the ground conditions have become so wet.  They have imported over 90% of the material they are bringing in and once you have crossed the footbridge, you can now see the work up close to the sea wall.  Channels have been created to spread the incoming sea water across the area, and you can see lagoons which will stay wet even on a low tide and islands which the birds will be able to use for roosting and nesting.

Believe it or not at this time of year it is well worth a visit!

Rachel Fancy - Wallasea Island and Foulness Warden

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