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South Essex Reserves Update
21 August 2008
The availability of water, a vital ingredient for the success of the habitat management on the South Essex Marshes, has not been too much of an issue during the mid-summer period. The rains at the end of May meant that we had water levels at the ideal level. This allowed areas such as Vange Marsh to become very productive for wildlife such as aquatic invertebrates, which in turn attracted large numbers of birds.
Species records :There has been mixed fortunes for this years breeding birds across the marshes. High numbers of breeding skylark were recorded on the West Canvey Marshes site. Other breeding birds of note were pochard, shelduck, Cetti?s warbler, meadow pipit and bearded tit. The saltmarsh on West Canvey Marshes was again a productive site for breeding redshank with 22 pairs holding territories. Unfortunately, carrion crows or gulls, it seems, predated the avocet nests on Vange Marsh leading to the failure of four nests….