November 2010


The breeding season is well under way. Most pairs of dotterels have nests now, and some have small chicks. Getting these chicks to the flying stage before Christmas is the aim now, before the high levels of disturbance that inevitably accompany the holiday season.

Variable oystercatchers breed a little later than dotterels and are nesting now.

The trapping programme is in full swing, and captures to date this season, include 7 hedgehogs, 2 stoats, 1 weasel and 3 rats.

Big tides are expected in early November; hopefully these will not result in any nests being washed out.

John Dowding