Breeding Reports

Bayfield

Breeding Report 1998-2012 

by Len Bentley

A report of birds seen and breeding at Bayfield during the period.  Click here to download.

Blakeney National Nature Reserve

2016

Blakeney Breeding Bird Report.  This report covers the whole Blakeney National Nature Reserve which comprises Blakeney Point, parts of Blakeney Freshes, Chapel Island, Stiffkey Marsh, Stiffkey Meals, Morston Marshes and parts of Blakeney Harbour.  Although mainly birds it also gives information on Seals, Butterflies and other wildlife.

Click 2016 Blakeney NNR Breeding Bird Report to download the report.

2015

Blakeney National Nature Reserve Breeding Bird Report.  This report covers the whole Blakeney National Nature Reserve which comprises Blakeney Point, Blakeney Freshes, Chapel Island, Stiffkey Marsh, Stiffkey Meals and Morston Marshes.  Although mainly birds it also gives information on Seals and Butterflies.

Click 2015 Blakeney National Nature Reserve Breeding Bird Report to download the report.

Blakeney Freshes

2013 Download The Breeding Birds of Blakeney Freshes 2013.

2012 Download The Breeding Birds of Blakeney Freshes 2012.

Blakeney Point

2014

A poor year for Sandwich and Little Terns due to high tides and predation. To download the full report  click on 2014 Blakeney Point Breeding Report.

2013

4120 pairs of Sandwich Terns nested but only 2000 young fledged.  Avocets and Grey Partridges did well.  Download the full 2013 Blakeney Point Breeding Report.

2012

2200 Sandwich Terns fledged. Common and Little Terns didn't do as well. Avocets nested on the shingle ridge for the first time ever. Download the full 2012 Blakeney Point Breeding Report

2011

3562 pairs of Sandwich Terns and 160 pairs of Little Terns bred.   
Download the full 2011 Blakeney Point Bird Report

Earlier Years

2010 Blakeney Point Bird Report

 

Cley & Salthouse Marshes

These reports cover the area from Cley Beach Road east to Iron Road, Salthouse. Members of the Cley Bird Club have been monitoring breeding birds here since 2003 and annual reports have been produced since 2004. The number of species covered has increased each year as more people have become involved. 

2016

A good year for ducks, with Shelducks having their most successful year since we started recording.  Little grebes also did well with 9 chicks fledging.  For the first time since 2007, 3 Oystercatcher chicks fledged, but other waders didn't do so well. Download the full 2016 Cley Breeding Report.

2015

An average breeding season with large numbers of Black-headed Gulls.  For the first time since we started recording, no Mute Swans bred. Download the full 2015 Cley Breeding Report.

2014

A reasonable year considering the flood damage in December 2013.  Good numbers of Avocets and Black-headed Gulls nested sucessfully on the newly renovated pools on Pope's Marsh but but many Avocet chicks were lost as the parents took them on long walks across the marshes.  Two pairs of Little Tern nested on the new shingle spits created by the surge but unfortunately the nests only lasted a few days - this is the first record at Cley, at least since we've been recording.
Download the full 2014 Cley Breeding Report.

2013

Not such a good year as 2012 but still good with 37 Avocets and 5 Little Ringed Plovers fledged. 
Download the full 2013 Cley Breeding Report

2012

Avocets had a great year with 55 young fledged.  Lapwings had their best year yet with 58 young fledged. Stonechats bred for the first time in 20 years.  Little Ringed Plovers hatched eggs for the first time and one youngster fledged.  Bearded Tits and Cetti's Warblers recovered after last year's bad season. 
Download the full 2012 Cley Breeding Report.

2011

Garganey and Teal bred.  Only 9 young Avocets fledged.  Bad year for Bearded Tits and Cetti's Warblers following the cold winter. Little Egrets bred again. 
Download the full 2011 Cley Breeding Report.

2010

Little Egrets bred for the first time. A pair of Mute Swans raised 3 Greylag goslings! Only 10 young Avocets fledged. Download the full 2010 Cley Breeding Report.

2009

Mute Swans bred by road and got on TV.  20 young Marsh Harriers fledged. The Bittern boomed but did not breed and Avocets had an awful year, only 3 young fledged. 
Download the full 2009 Cley Breeding Report

2008

Bitterns bred but the young weren't seen.  21 young Marsh Harriers fledged.  Only 10 young Avocets fledged.
Download the full 2008 Cley Breeding Report

2007

25 young Avocets fledged.  1 young Oystercatcher fledged.
Download the full 2007 Cley Breeding Report

2006

Pintail bred.  A total of 8 young Ringed Plovers fledged from 2 nests.  4 Common Tern chicks fledged from 2 nests on Arnold's Marsh.  Only 5 young Avocets fledged.
Download the full 2006 Cley Breeding Report.

2005

Garganey bred and 4 young fledged. Ruddy Ducks bred for the last time. Only 18 young Avocets fledged.
Download the full 2005 Cley Breeding Report.

2004

41 young Avocets fledged.  2004 Cley Breeding Report

Kelling Heath

Breeding birds on Kelling Heath have been reported on by John Wagstaff since 2005. 

2013

No Stonechats this year, but Dartford Warblers, Woodlarks and Turtle Doves bred. 
Download the full 2013 Kelling Heath Breeding Report

2012

Dartford Warblers, Wooodlarks and Stonechats all bred but in small numbers.
Download the full 2012 Kelling Heath Breeding Report

2011 

A reasonably good breeding season with Dartford Warblers, Woodlarks and Stonechats all breeding successfully. Download the full 2011 Kelling Heath Breeding Report

2010

A good year considering the severity of the winter and unsettled weather in the spring.
Download the full 2010 Kelling Heath Breeding Report

2009

An unusual year, disappointing in some ways but interesting and rewarding in others.  There was no positive evidence of breeding Woodlarks, Tree Pipits, Dartford Warblers or Turtle Doves, but Linnets did well.

Download the full 2009 Kelling Heath Breeding Report

2008

A successful year for Stonechats but only 1 pair of Dartfords bred.
Download the full 2008 Kelling Heath Breeding Report

2007

A successful year for Stonechats but poor for Woodlarks.
Download the full 2007 Kelling Heath Breeding Report

2006

Tree Pipits bred for the first time in 3 years
Download the full 2006 Kelling Heath Breeding Report

 2005

This first report found breeding Woodlarks and Turtle Doves probably bred but no young were seen.
Download the full 2005 Kelling Heath Breeding Report.

 

Weybourne and Kelling Water Meadow Annual Report

2013

Moss Taylor's annual review of the more interesting bird sightings made in 2013, a year in which a record total of 221 species were recorded at Weybourne Camp and/or Kelling Water Meadow.  The report also includes sightings of mammals, reptiles, butterflies, dragonflies and bees and his Weybourne Camp ringing totals.

Download the full 2013 Annual Report WC & KWM

2012

A review of the more interesting bird sightings made in 2012, a year in which a record total of 213 species was recorded in the area, including the first Arctic Redpolls, Thrush Nightingale, Black-winged Stilt & Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Download the full 2012 Annual Report WC & KWM