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Reports

The result of practical management are being closely monitored, Each aspect of project monitoring is subject to a scientific report; there will be an annual report on the breeding performance (pairs and productivity) and feeding and wintering numbers of Annex I bird species at Havergate Island and Orford Ness.

Once completed the reports will be available from this page:



Effects of lagoon creation and water control changes on birds at Orford Ness, Suffolk, UK: Part 1 breeding waders

Nov 21 2014
A former military airfield at Orford Ness had naturally developed into a coastal grazing marsh, but limited water control and high evaporation caused it to be highly prone to drying out in summer. With the intention of attracting higher numbers of breeding waders, six large shallow pools and two deeper ponds were created by building low bunds linked by new ditches and water control points. To replace water losses to evapotranspiration, new sluices were built into the river walls to allow estuary water to be drawn into two new lagoons at high tide, and from there into the ditches and pools to maintain desired water levels. The number of breeding waders in the modified areas increased from an average of eight pairs in the two years prior to the works to 23 pairs in the year after the creation of pools. Pied avocet numbers increased from zero to five pairs, common redshank from five to 13 pairs, and northern lapwing from three to five pairs.

Effects of lagoon creation and water control changes on birds at Orford Ness, Suffolk, UK: Part 2 - wintering waders

Nov 21 2014
A former military airfield at Orford Ness had naturally developed into a coastal grazing marsh, but limited water control caused it to be deeply flooded in winter. With the intention of attracting higher numbers of waders, six large pools were created with low bunds each surrounded by shallower water and linked by new ditches and water control points. A new water pump was installed to enable excess rainwater to be evacuated into the adjacent estuary. The number of wintering waders in the modified areas increased tenfold in mid-winter from pre to post-works, and the waders showed increased use of areas that had become shallowly, rather than deeply, flooded. The rise in wader numbers was not due to within-site movement, as an adjacent, unmodified marsh showed no change in bird numbers. Late summer wader numbers, which may include passage migrants, were 2.5 times higher after the management work.

Layman Final Report

Jul 14 2014
Full colour 16page report designed for a general audience

Conservation Land Management winter 2013

Jan 28 2014
Article by LIFE project staff about the improvements to wetland habitats and management during the project.

British Wildlife journal article Oct 2013

Jan 28 2014
Article by LIFE project staff in Vol25 Number 1 October 2013





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