Hollesley Scrape in 2018
Since its creation in autumn 2013 the Hollesley scrape has enjoyed amazing success! in the following four breeding seasons we have fledged 137 Avocet, 100 Lapwing and 43 Redshank young. Highlights amongst the other breeding species have included Pintail, Yellow Wagtail, Common Gull, Ringed and Little-ringed Plovers.
Just up the coast at Havergate Island RSPB reserve we have nationally important numbers of large gulls (Lesser black-backed and Herring) and manage the island with them in mind. One of the reasons for the creation of the scrape at Hollesley was to have another location for breeding waders to nest free of predation.
Unfortunately numbers of large gulls have steadily increased on the Hollesley scrape from just 3 pairs in 2014 to 37 pairs in 2017 and they are becoming more of an issue for the nesting waders.
As part of the Suffolk Wader Strategy we are going to dry out the Hollesley scrape for 2018 breeding season. This is part of the dynamic wetland concept which should keep predators guessing. The fields surrounding the scrape will remain wet (as in past few years) and in the autumn of 2018 we will re-wet the scrape as normal.
This winter we will be under taking enhancement works at Boyton to increase the available habitat there to compensate for the losses at Hollesley and we expect the waders to relocate and hopefully do well.
Birds are incredibly mobile and as was seen in the first breeding season on the Hollesley scrape birds will very quickly find new habitat so we don't foresee any long term issues,
If you have any questions or wish to find out further information then the RSPB would be pleased to chat and can be contacted on 01394 450732 or via email at [email protected]
More information on the Suffolk Wader Strategy can be found here www.suffolkwaders.org
RSPB South Suffolk coast team (Aaron, Lyndsey and David)