09 April 2012

Fire damage to Reedbed 10

Popped in on the eastern end of the Uskmouth reedbeds to see the extent of damage following yesterday's arson. Approximately half of Reedbed 10 has been burnt which, I'm reliably informed, amounts to roughly five hectares or just below 10% of all the reedbeds at Uskmouth. If anyone saw anything suspicious yesterday, or sees anything suspicious in the future, it can be reported to CCW reserve staff on 01633 275813; or the local Police Wildlife Liaison Officer on 01633 244999; or RSPB staff on 01633 636363. Click on the ropey panorama below for an idea of the damage.

Reedbed 10, or rather, what is currently left of Reedbed 10.

Heat damaged (and subsequently predated) Moorhen egg.

PS. A male Cuckoo was singing in the rain just north of the burnt area.

PPS. At Goldcliff over this morning's high tide: three Turnstone, three Grey Plover, one Spotted Redshank, four Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Knot, three Snipe, 19 Ringed Plover and just five Dunlin. Non-waders included: four Pintail, one Common Gull and the 'Chinese Goose'.

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