Kestrel using an old crow nest, spotted by our butterfly surveyor, Andy 'Butterfly'. Andy is moving on at the end of this summer to start a degree course, so we are looking for a butterfly surveyor for 2013 and beyond. If you are interested and would like to get involved this year to learn the ropes, please get in touch! http://www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering/6221-butterfly-transect-surveyor
Little Tern ActivityThere is plenty of activity in the area, with regular sightings of little terns across the Blackwater, notably at RSPB Old Hall Marshes and EWT Tollesbury Wick, with birds also spotted off Bradwell beach and Pewet Island, Bradwell. The Colne is also host to both nesting and summering birds all fishing in the estuary and out to sea; EWT Colne Point, Brightlingsea Harbour and Langenhoe Point being the focus of their activity.
Nesting SitesThe birds seem now to have settled. Unfortunately the 2 pairs that attempted to nest at Eastern Quarter Spit have already failed, possibly due to the stormy weather. However at least 8 pairs are nesting on Tollesbury Beach Recharge, 3 pairs on Cindery Island, and minimum 3 pairs at Langenhoe Point (MoD firing range).
AccessReflecting the changes to the birds’ distribution, Eastern Quarter Spit is now open for landing on all areas (although a strict no fires or BBQs rule is in place). Tollesbury Beach Recharge now has NO permitted landing zones. Updated signs are in place at both locations. There are no changes in other areas. Please continue to follow the No Landing / Landing Permitted signs.
If you want to get involved in monitoring and protecting Essex little terns, get in touch with Suzanne from RSPB Old Hall Marshes: http://www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering/5649-little-tern-monitoring-and-protection-assistant