Record numbers flock to RSPB site

Glossy Ibis. Photo N Smith
Glossy Ibis. Photo N Smith

Record numbers of visitors - both human and feathered - were drawn to the wildlife haven offered at RSPB Frampton Marsh this year.

Visitors to the reserve have enjoyed a ‘bumper bird year’ for sightings – with the first nesting attempt in the UK by a glossy ibis being recorded.

Numbers of human visitors went up too, with the site – which attracts 45,000 visitors a year – recording its best figures ever for the summer holiday period.

During August more than 5,000 visited the reserve with people coming from across the country and even overseas to enjoy the pleasant views and bird-spotting opportunities.

Chris Andrews, visitor services officer for the reserve, said: “It has been great to see so many local people coming to the reserve, in many cases for the very first time.

“Frampton Marsh is a great place to visit for anyone who has an interest in wildlife, or even those who just like a walk in the local countryside.”

In the five years since the reserve opened to the public, numbers of avocets have quadrupled, lapwings have doubled and yellowhammers have tripled.

Other species like avocets, lapwings and yellowhammers also did well.

Turtle doves, which are in steep decline across the rest of the country, were seen to thrive on the reserve. Four pairs bred, as opposed to only one pair five years’ ago.

There has also been an increase in sightings of creatures such as shy water voles and brown hares.

One new development was the discovery of a number of colonies of sea aster mining bees, a globally-scarce species found in only a few locations across the UK.

Over the summer hundreds of children enjoyed activities there, including pond dipping, bug hunting and treasure trails.

RSPB Frampton Marsh is signposted off the A16, five miles south-east of Boston. Entry to the reserve is free.

Details on 01205 724678.