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Island Life


I have now completed my first month as the  newly appointed South Suffolk Coast warden and what a great month it has been! So, this is my first posting of what I hope will be a regular update of the goings on on Havergate Island, Boyton and Hollesley Marshes.

Firstly I will mention our successful breeding season (for gulls that is) on the Island. It was a record breaking season with 2070 pairs of Lesser Black Backs and 552 Herring Gull. Productivity is also looking good with thousands of young gulls taking over. We also had 60 pairs of Common Terns sitting. However, these pairs arrived rather late onto the island so are likely to have failed elsewhere. I will be able to confirm our final figures very soon.

With the tidal surge back in December there was worry about how the habitat and wildlife would fare. I can happily report that everyone has been pleasantly surprised with many grassland species such as meadow browns, gatekeepers, Ringlets all present in abundance and also the Ground Lackey moths caterpillars. These are a saltmarsh species and are more able to cope with being submerged!

More good news for the Havergate Hares. We have had top sightings of around 9 adults and 2 leverets. This means the hares are breeding and we will hopefully start to see their numbers rise again. They are more wary of people now but can still be spotted enjoying the sunshine laying amongst the gorse.

I met up with the Woodbridge local RSPB group today who we will be running the Havergate Adventure with on the 16th- 18th August. This will be a great opportunity for visitors to get out to the island, experience the fantastic wildlife including plenty of waders, the brown hare, and possibly even get a sight of our regular Spoonbills. 

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