Thursday, March 15, 2007

Job as a nanny?

A round-the-clock nest protection operation is ready to swing into action this spring when one of the UK’s rarest birds returns to nest on the Ribble estuary.

Each spring for at least the last ten years black-tailed godwits have nested on marshland on the Ribble estuary, near Preston. Less than 60 pairs of the long-legged wading birds breed in the whole of the UK and the two pairs on the Ribble are the only ones to nest in north west England. When the birds return next month, the RSPB andFylde Bird Club will mount a 24-hr guard on the nest to deter egg thieves.

The two organisations today (14 March 2007) launched an appeal for more volunteers to come forward to help protect the Ribble’s special birds, and are inviting local people to a meeting in St Annes next month (5th April) to recruit more godwit guardians.

Anybody who would like to find out more about volunteering is invited to come along to the Ribble Discovery Centre, Fairhaven Lake, St Annes at 7pm on Thursday 5th April, or contact Carol Coupe on 01995 642251 or e-mail carol.coupe@rspb.org.uk.

For additional information see: http://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/godwits_tcm5-153427.pdf

Picture 'taken' from website of Steve Round at http://www.stevenround-birdphotography.com/

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