Min­ing sub­si­dence has cre­ated one of North’s best re­serves

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - JOHN MILES

HERE WE HAVE an­other great wetland saved from agri­cul­ture by sub­si­dence from past min­ing ac­tiv­ity. The York­shire Wildlife Trust has been in­volved in the 600-plus acre com­plex since 1968. The site at­tracted pub­lic at­ten­tion in 1984, when a pair of Lit­tle Bit­terns bred. The many hides and walk ways give you easy ac­cess to watch for wildlife with added feed­ers and man­age­ment which have at­tracted many pas­sage waders, in­clud­ing Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Phalarope, Wood, Curlew, Green and Com­mon Sand­pipers. Is­lands al­low Black-headed and Mediter­ranean Gulls to nest along with waders, such as Avo­cet and Lit­tle Ringed Plover, not for­get­ting Lap­wing and also Oys­ter­catcher. The reedbeds have large num­bers of Reed and Sedge War­blers along with a few pairs of Cetti’s War­blers. Marsh Har­ri­ers bred for the first time in 2014, with pas­sage Hen and Pal­lid Har­rier be­ing recorded along with Hobby, Osprey and breeding Buzzards. Long-legged birds such as Crane, Great White and Lit­tle Egret, White Stork and Glossy Ibis have been seen. Firecrest, Yel­low-browed War­bler and two Black Red­starts were found in Novem­ber 2016.

Black-necked Grebe

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