CAMPFIELD MARSH RSPB
Superb waders on the edge of the Solway Firth
CAMPFIELD IS NAMED after a Roman military camp, near the end of Hadrian’s Wall, which finishes at Bowness on Solway. The reserve has been running for more than 25 years and was acquired by the RSPB mainly to protect one of the Inner Solway‘s largest wader roosts. Extensions have added a chunk of Bowness Common and Rogersceugh Farm. Like most RSPB reserves, there’s something to see all-year-round, with breeding waders making a summer visit worthwhile, while thousands of geese use the area in winter. Both Bar-tailed and Blacktailed Godwits use the roost along with Grey Plover, Redshank, Dunlin, Knot, and a rare sight in winter 2015-16 was an Avocet! The Scrape has had a few goodies, notably a Stilt Sandpiper, along with feeding Wigeon and Teal. The Solway’s Barnacle Geese numbers have increased from 600 birds to 42,000. Pink-footed Goose is also present in autumn, with several thousand using the fields around the reserve once the shooting season has finished. A winter highlight has been Hen Harriers coming to feed on finches in the cropping around the reserve. Winter sees good numbers of Merlin as well, with Peregrines coming off the Solway. Other notable records include Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck and Red-backed Shrike.