It’s been a long time waiting, but the first sand martin has been sighted today, flying around the pond infront of the sand martin wall. Three weeks later than last year, we expect this lone individual to be joined by other sand martins in the next couple of weeks. Thirteen individuals nested with us last year, and we hope to get the same again this year, along with the swallows that roosted above our viewing windows.
The bad weather has definitely had an affect on these small migratory birds, whether the same will be true for the terns is yet to be seen. We expect the first to arrive at the end of this month.
Georgina Bowie (Visitor Centre Assistant)