I have just read the latest edition of the 2011 Winter issue of the RSPB Birds magazine which arrived during the week.
2011 has proved to be a wader sucess at Elmley Marshes , this year has probably been drier than Beirut but even with these very testing conditions 68 pairs of Lapwings produced twice as many chicks as last year, 180 pairs of Redshanks were up from 147 previous year and Avocets raised more than 100 young up from 53 previous year.
Two photos to get a feel of how dry it has been the 1st photo from 9th Feb and the 2nd photo 7th Oct.
Hats off and congratulations to those involved.
I second that, if it was not up to these guys, the birds at Elmley would not stand a chance at all. Keep the great work up....
Well done all that help at Elmley from myself too, the family and I love the place.
Hear hear! The staff at Elmley have done a truly fantastic job in some very difficult conditions.
One member of staff was yesterday saying telling me that they usually pump water from Windmill Creek (which runs along the back edge of the Wellmarsh flood) but this year even the water levels in that have just been too low. Hence they are struggling to maintain the water levels all around the reserve.
So to hear that even in these difficult conditions records have been broken is excellent news.
Well done guys!