Rare wading birds nesting in Panshanger Park

PUBLISHED: 17:29 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:33 18 May 2017

Little ringed plover with chick and nest, pictured by Derek Moore

Little ringed plover with chick and nest, pictured by Derek Moore

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Two pairs of rare little ringed plovers have nested at Panshanger Park on the fringe of Welwyn Garden City, delighting conservationists who have been improving the habitat for wading birds.

Quarrying firm Tarmac and the county wildlife trust have been managing lakes in the park for wading birds by clearing vegetation from potential nesting areas and creating open water.

Jennifer Gilbert, people and wildlife officer, said: “One of the female plovers is tagged and we have found out that she was ringed in Spain as part of a species specific ringing project to try to understand their movements and habitat needs.

“Little ringed plovers are a rare breeding bird in Herts but bred successfully in 2015 at Panshanger Park – this the only known successful breeding pair in Herts that year. It is extremely gratifying to know that our work is having a real impact on priority species.”

The first ever British nest of little ringed plovers was found in Hertfordshire, near Tring in 1938.

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