Friday 5 May 2023

Redshank Love

Redshanks are just about hanging on as a breeding bird in the LDV. The other commoner breeding waders - Lapwings, Curlew, Snipe and Oystercatchers - all seem to be doing pretty well, but for some reason Redshanks are really struggling. All of these species are declining across the UK, due to loss of habitat, changes in agriculture (early grass-cutting for silage is a particularly devastating problem) and nest predation, but in the LDV, the first two problems are absent in the main, so the only threats are predators and late spring flooding. These two certainly were planning on trying to boost the population and I hope they are successful. 

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