Sand Martins

How much longer are we going to be able to see these beautiful little birds along our coast at Happisburgh with all the erosion of the sandy cliff faces 

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  • Lovely photos especially of the youngsters

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Nice photos. One of several species where I think far more could and should be done to boost numbers. Many nests got flooded out earlier in the year. There are plenty of reserves, not just RSPB, that could set up artificial banks for them. Yes, not cheap. But they work.
  • In reply to Robbo:

    Robbo said:
    Nice photos. One of several species where I think far more could and should be done to boost numbers. Many nests got flooded out earlier in the year. There are plenty of reserves, not just RSPB, that could set up artificial banks for them. Yes, not cheap. But they work.

    it would be interesting to know what the success rate of artificial banks is. I know the one at RSPB Saltholme works but in the years that I used to visit Upton Warren nature reserve I never saw their wall being used. I also don't remember seeing the one at Seaton Wetlands in use though i only visited there a hanful of times over the couple of years I lived down in Devon.

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    Bob

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  • WWT at Barnes in London was being used last time I was there. I'm sure not all sites will be occupied, at least not straight away, not least because from what I can see of it, there are far less birds about to use them.
  • I only know 2 artificial banks: one has been there for years and I'm not aware its ever had takers. Mind you the river bank is not far away and has a reasonable colony so presumably they aren't pushed for space and have no reason to relocate or expand, I think people hoped they would move or at least onto a protected reserve, but the birds have steadfastly refused! The other is only a recent installation this year (at Leighton Moss), so I think it needs more time to see if that one will be a success.

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    Nige   Flickr