Trip reports

Havergate Island Thursday 4th September 2014

Havergate Island Thursday 4th September 2014
Richard Straton

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Twelve members were taken over to the island by Lindsey Record, the new warden, accompanied by the Area Manager Aaron Howe. Aaron gave a talk to the group on arrival concerning the effects of the tidal surge experienced last December. The entire island had been submerged with some of the hides completely destroyed. Eight hares survived by standing atop the hides and vegetation protruding above the water. Leverets have been born this spring so the popular population will continue. We saw three of the hares.
Some of the hides were damaged beyond repair, including the Reception building and the Main Hide. A new hide is due to be built. Very little damage was done to the scrapes and the water quality . . . as the water flowed in from the river anyway! Some breaches of the banks have had to be repaired. Overall there was minimal damage to the reserve itself.
Aaron showed the group which hides were usable and where to watch. The paths were easily identifiable.
The weather was kind and sunshine prevailed. A pleasant day was enjoyed. Thirty-seven species were seen by the majority of the watchers, being: avocet, bar-tailed godwit, black- headed gull, black-tailed godwit, Canada goose, carrion crow, common sandpiper, cormorant, curlew, dunlin, feral pigeon, gadwall, golden plover, great black-backed gull, grey heron, grey plover, greylag goose, herring gull, kestrel, lapwing, lesser black-backed gull, linnet, little egret, Magellan goose (escapee), magpie, mallard, marsh harrier, meadow pipit, oystercatcher, redshank, reed bunting, ringed plover, shelduck, shoveler, spoonbill, starling, stock dove and woodpigeon.

Richard Straton