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  • Alan Smith
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      On Saturday with a strong SW wind, it looked promising for a good wader roost due to the tide being higher, due to ongoing mobility problems we viewed from the car at Potts Corner, the roost was looking good with increasing numbers of birds arriving including a bonus bird, a Short-Eared Owl which flew along the marsh before going back in shore.
      The arrival of two wind surfers didn’t look to favourable, indeed they eventually launched heading out to sea and returning to shore going right through the wader roost time and time again with every bird now in the air, distressed with nowhere to go, Pilling Marsh, Lades Marsh, Glasson Marsh all covered with the tide. This is recreational disturbance at the highest level and totally out of order, we had to leave before they came ashore, otherwise I would have approached them on the subject, a code of practice if not in place, then long overdue.
      Apologies, with hindsight this should probably have been entered in discussions.

      Dan Haywood
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        Terrible. Roughly how many waders were disturbed in total, Alan?

        Alan Smith
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          Approx. 11,700. birds Dan comprising of
          Knot, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Bar Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Shelduck, Wigeon, Mallard, Little Egret, Grey Plover, Redshank, Cormorant and Short Eared Owl could have made a return visit as the flood tide would have been lifting voles.

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