Sunday, 8 April 2012

Volunteers protect avocets on Two Tree Island in Essex

Volunteers are being asked to help protect rare avocet chicks from thieves on a special island in Essex.
People are needed to monitor this year's young, as part of the Egg Watch project on Two Tree Island.
Six chicks were successfully hatched on the island last year, but double that number were stolen.
Matthew Gonshaw, from east London, was jailed in December for stealing hundreds of birds eggs, including 12 avocet eggs from the reserve.
The avocet is a black and white wader with a long curved-up beak and distinctive blue legs, mainly found in coastal areas of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Kent.
The species became extinct in Britain in the 19th Century, but was reintroduced in the 1940s.
Two Tree Island is one of fewer than 20 sites in Essex where the protected birds breed.

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