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Avocets arrive in abundance

Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta on mud, Exminster Marshes RSPB reserve, February 2003

Avocets Recurvirostra avosetta on mud, Exminster Marshes RSPB reserve, February 2003

A flock of 43 avocets have returned to Silverdale from their Winter holiday.

The delicate black and white wading birds arrived at Leighton Moss from their over wintering grounds in south west England and Spain to take up residence for the summer on the saltmarsh area of the reserve where they will breed their young.

Avocets have been breeding at Leighton Moss since 2001 and the past two years have been particularly successful for them at the site, with a total of 79 young ones leaving the nest.

This year Leighton Moss is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the reserve is hoping it could be a record breaking year for the birds.

For the chance to see the iconic avocets, which are the emblem of the RSPB, pop along to the visitor centre at Leighton Moss between 9.30am and 5pm, where staff and volunteers will happily direct you to where the birds might be.

To find out more about the other wildlife you can see on the reserve, and the range of events being held throughout the site’s anniversary year, log onto rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss

 

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