The grant helped the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust realise its ambitious plans to re-landscape the Dafen Scrapes resulting in the creation and enhancement of habitats for waterbirds. The main aim of the project was to attract waterbirds to the site during breeding season. Focus species included avocet, lapwing, oystercatcher and shelduck, but the work will also encouraged more roosting and feeding waders outside of the breeding season.
I’m very excited to get to work on the Dafen Scrapes project, creating extensive new wetland habitat for a range of wildlife and improving the view for visitors from our hides. We are optimistic that, from next spring, visitors will begin to see the positive effects of the work and we hope to attract breeding lapwing and perhaps even avocet to the area in years to come. - Reserve Manager Dr Brian Briggs
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