A home for Sand Martins in Teesdale!

PUBLISHED: 04/03/2016
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As part of our Lost Landscapes Programme, we have been able to restore a valuable home for sand martins at Hayberries Nature Reserve, near Romaldkirk and Eggleston.

The project has re-profiled the face of the sand martin colony in the old quarry back to vertical, to restrict predation of the eggs and chicks from the ground, as well as stopping rabbits using the holes which disturb the habitat and nesting of the birds.
 
Although the project was successful in terms of the outcomes of the machinery work, we will not be able to determine whether the project was a success in terms of increased breeding pairs and survival rates until after the nesting season. Members of the U3A group have previously monitored the colony, so if they continue to do this over the next season, then we will be able to compare the figures from last year to this year to see if there has been a significant increase in the success of the colony.
 
Lost Landscapes has also recently supported the creation of an interpretation board for Balder Banks SSSI site at Doe Park, tree planting through Trees for Teesdale group, and installation of bird boxes (including owl boxes) and pond clearance at Gainford.

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