golden ploverLate summer and early autumn at Oare Marshes have seen huge numbers of wading birds passing through on their annual migration to over-wintering locations.

During August and September counts in excess of 2,000 black-tailed godwit, 750 redshank, 150 dunlin,100 ringed plover, 200 golden plover and 50 curlew sandpipers have been recorded – the highest count of the latter for many years.

Water levels on the reserve are at an optimum level for feeding and roosting during this period, and if the weather remains mild the migrating birds will linger for many weeks before continuing their journeys.

Some rare and vagrant species have also been observed over the last few weeks, including wryneck, bonaparte’s gull and spotted crake.