27th May 2017. It’s been a particularly good year for breeding Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus) in the region with most traditional sites and some new ones holding breeding birds. Among the new sites was Donges East where up to seven pairs bred in an area beside the reedbed that we cut last summer to encourage the growth of vegetation more favourable for Aquatic Warblers on migration. This area has remained somewhat flooded throughout the winter and spring thanks to the ground having been compacted by the tractor and thus it provided perfect conditions for the stilts as well as at least one pair of Redshank (Tringa totanus).

Black-winged Stilt breeding site at Donges Est.

Black-winged Stilts