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Fenced area at the northern end of the Sandspit

  • Following an unsuccessful attempt by a pair of Oystercatchers to breed at the northern end of the Sandspit in 2019, CHOG and the BCP Countryside Team jointly proposed to erect a permanent fence. Since the installation of the fencing, the enclosed area has been used by waders as a high tide roost. Then, in 2023, a pair of Ringed Plovers laid three eggs, which all hatched. The fencing afforded protection against out-of-control dogs and some natural predators, enabling the chicks to thrive. Eventually, two of the youngsters survived to depart with the parent birds. This was the first time Ringed Plover had bred in the Harbour since 1983.

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