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Reedbed at Shell Bay

Reedbed at Shell Bay

September is a great month for birdwatching with a mix of summer birds departing, winter birds arriving and migrants passing through. Look for groups of swallows, house martins and wheatears on the cliff tops, head for Greenlands or Hartland for migrants such as redstart, whinchat and yellow wagtail or Middlebere for osprey, marsh harrier and spoonbill. The small reedbed at Shell Bay is also worth a look for a range of warblers including garden warbler and lesser whitethroat and perhaps a surprise or two – recently a rare great white egret was seen there. But perhaps best of all, the Arctic breeders, turnstones, sanderlings and black-tailed godwits, return to our shorelines, these early arrivals still dressed in their fine summer plumage.

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Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

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