Autumn this year has been a particularly busy time for the Farming for the Future project. Following the creation of shallow scrapes and ditches across six different sites of the Nene Valley in August 2019 (including at Summer Leys and Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows nature reserves) we have restarted monitoring these features with thanks to the wonderful commitment of numerous volunteers carrying out bird surveys.
At the end of October, we organised bird training sessions with Nenescape to give an opportunity for volunteers to meet (socially distanced of course!), brush up on their wetland bird identification knowledge, and provide introductory training to beginners interested in bird watching. These were fantastic sessions and we were even able to catch a starling murmuration as dusk settled over the valley at Stanwick Lakes during one of these meetings.
Results from our surveys so far show the sites are providing habitat for waders such as snipe and lapwing, with other wildfowl making appearances, including teal, wigeon and shoveler.