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Last of the only remaining 3 chicks from 23 nests was wiped out on Holkham beach today. Horse destroyed protective cordon leading to ignorant beach users and dogs using the area. Oystercatchers have been unsuccessful there to.    NB

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was this colony not wardened?

Beach nesting terns always have a very hard time of it, if it is not natural predators or the  tide it is ignorant members of the public.

I think in the past the local colony to me suffered terrible predation losses to just one pair of kestrels! 

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I guess not. just fenced off with signage. Lock down prob had an effect to. Less disturbance on arrival start of season and birds nested in unusual places. Just hedgehogs done 70 plus nests in two nights a few years back and that was a 24hr wardened site in Suffolk. They all up against it with increased disturbance, predators, dogs and egg thieves. Lost several red list nests on farms etc this year to. Some because of ignorant tick box birders that should now better. Least Holkham a bit far for the urban fox dumping scum.         NB  

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Totally ignorant of the harm they are doing, don't know and don't want to know.Ask them to sign a petition to stop grouse shooting etc and they will do it without a thought.It makes your blood boil.!!!!

 

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