Trip reports

Field Trip to Oare Marshes KWT Reserve

Field Trip to Oare Marshes KWT Reserve
Brian Summerfield

Saturday, 8 September 2018

This is an ideal time to get to this site as the rising tide moves waders off the mud of the Swale Estuary and forces them into the roost on the East Flood.

As we walked around the seawall flocks of black-tailed godwits, pied avocet and common redshank poured into the shallow waters of the reserve. Our walk along the bank enabled us to get good views of the common linnets moving west along the coast and of the bearded reedlings in the reed-bed.

A number of interesting species were located in the gathering roost of approximately 2000 black-tailed godwits and 600 common redshank. These included about lovely 60 European golden plovers, several ruff, a common greenshank (see image) and about 20 each of dunlin and common ringed plover. The latter were all of the C. h. tundrae race being smaller and darker than our native common ringed plovers. They were on their way from northern Scandinavia or Russia, where they nest, to northern Africa where they will spend the winter.