Redshank nest on the Wet Meadows

Wednesday, May 27th 2009

There was great excitement at Foxglove today. We knew that the Lapwings had nested on the Wet Meadows but were unaware until today that the Redshank had also been busy. Today Redshank chicks were spotted and one was ringed. This is great news for Foxglove as the Wet Meadows were only finished and flooded at the beginning of the year. These are the fourth set of chicks we have had up there including the Lapwing, Greylag Geese and Moorhen.

Redshank chick

It was volunteer day today. Seven volunteers arrived and proceeded to clear the birch from the scrapes, re-make a small dam, put bark chippings down at the moor gateway and tidy the portacabin. Phew!! Lots of work done - thanks a lot everyone.

The first Northern Marsh Orchids are now in flower along the path sides. Everywhere is looking flowery and profuse.

By way of a PS late in the evening the nest box team ringed 4 Lapwing chicks on the wetland which is another first for the reserve bringing the total of species ringed on site to 74.

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