Thursday, 2 September 2010
Starlet steals the show
Famous as 'Avocet island', recent years have seen a dramatic change in bird populations on the island. From zero a few years back, the island now supports 1200 pairs of LBBG and 600 pairs of Herring Gull. The increase in gulls has resulted in a corresponding decrease in breeding Avocets, Ringed Plovers and terns, due to predation. The gulls have moved to Havergate from Orfordness, where they have been decimated by Fox predation. However recent years have also seen an increase in Spoonbills, with counts here or at the adjacent Orfordness being the UKs highest, 14 were still present during the visit.