Spring on the scrape

It’s been a more typical spring on the Suffolk coast with warm spells and showers. These conditions are proving very kind to the waders on the reserves. Lapwing settled well with at least 32 pairs sitting on eggs. Unlike last year it looks like we have a good chick survival Read more…

Hollesley and Boyton, Spring Update

Hollesley and Boyton, Spring Update There is a lot of activity at Hollesley (on the surrounding fields as well as on the scrape). Avocet, lapwing, redshank and ringed plover are all very active and now sitting on eggs. Skylark and yellow wagtails are a common sight along with the swallows Read more…

The Plight of Waders in the UK and Suffolk

Suffolk is home to three important populations of waders; lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), redshank (Tringa tetanus) and avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta). The data show that lapwing and redshank continue to decline nationally (50% and 59% declines since 1975 respectively). What is more, short term changes indicate that the declines for both species Read more…