Thursday, 18 December 2014

Redshank ......

One of our more recognisable waders, Redshank numbers are sadly in decline as a result of the effects of global warming and intensive agricultural  practices on their coastal and inland habitats.

On the coast rising water levels are reducing the area of mudflats exposed at low tide on which the species feed, Inland drainage of boggy areas to maximise agricultural output is increasing  '' dry '' land that the probing beaks of the birds can not penetrate, and even if they could, the invertebrate life no longer exists.

To be fair, some inland landowners do try and mitigate their drive for efficiency with conservation measures, but not enough of them.

That's progress folks ............   

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