Tuesday 9 April 2024

Tuesday 9th April

Storm force winds and high spring tides over recent days have caused considerable damage to the Dune Ridge along the length of the spit, with Warren Point particularly badly hit, with tens of metres of fixed dune habitat lost to the sea. A continuing failure of the Beach Management Scheme with gabion baskets last seen over 50 years ago now fully exposed. 

Erosion - both Alan Keatley

Early morning seawatching saw another early Storm Petrel, an Arctic Tern and a Red-throated Diver south with two Little Tern and three Great Northern Diver offshore. 

Few birds were recorded at low tide although 25 Sandwich Tern were roosting on an offshore sandbar and a Great Northern Diver was in the estuary off Cockwood. There was also an unconfirmed report of a Black-throated Diver offshore.

Late afternoon there were c40 Sandwich, five Little and an Arctic Tern feeding offshore.

Other Wildlife: Sand Crocus took advantage of the sunny weather to emerge in numbers across the site, along with several early St. Mark's Fly Bibio marci (St Mark's Day is 25th April). 

St Mark's Fly - Alan Keatley

Also, active for the first time this year, Parsley Blacklet Cheilosia pagana and Rhombic Leatherbug Syromastus rhombeus.

Parsley Blacklet Cheilosia pagana - Alan Keatley

Rhombic Leatherbug Syromastus rhombeus - Alan Keatley

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