Spurn Bird Observatory acquires new land


Spurn Bird Observatory Trust (SBOT) is pleased to announce the purchase of additional land to add to its portfolio of sites in the Kilnsea area of East Yorkshire.

Blue Bell Ponds is a 2.5-acre former caravan site which currently comprises a mixture of ponds, willow scrub, lawns and hedgerows. Over the coming months and years, the location will be developed and managed as a birdwatching site, with the aim of making it more attractive to migrant and resident birds alike. SBOT has a history of creating optimum migrant habitat – as witnessed in the adjacent Church and Corner Fields, where careful planting has recently attracted a host of scarce and rare birds such as Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Rustic Bunting, Red-flanked Bluetail and Radde's Warbler. It is hoped that birders can look forward to more of the same at Blue Bell Ponds. In addition, the site overlooks pools and marshes in Well Field, habitat that has hitherto been out of bounds.

The newly acquired land at Blue Bell Ponds will be planted to create optimum habitat for migrant birds in the coming months and years.

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Access is to be made available to Friends of Spurn. Other visitors will be encouraged to donate generously, hopefully while trying to get a glimpse of Yorkshire's first Siberian Rubythroat!

This acquisition has only been made possible by a very generous donation from Bird Holidays Ltd, a bird tour company based in Yeadon, West Yorkshire. Additional money has been forthcoming through the Observatory's Securing the Future project. This land purchase scheme relies on small but regular contributions and we ask that people consider joining at www.spurnbirdobservatory.co.uk/land-bank.

The site also overlooks the pools and marshes of Well Field, an area that had previously been out of bounds.

Written by: Spurn Bird Observatory

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