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Horsey Island Guided Walk

Event Date: 26th August 2020, 11:15

Event Category: Walk / Tour

Join Wildlife Photographer Martin Batt for this guided walk to find out why this nature reserve is now a top destination for bird watching

Devon Wildlife Trust’s newest nature reserve is an 80 hectare site which was once grazing land protected by an earth bank sea wall. In 2017  the sea wall was breached allowing sea water in.Three years on this breach has grown considerably and Horsey Island is now covered by each incoming tide. As a result grassland has been replaced by a dynamic landscape of mudflats, sandbanks and saltmarsh.Salt tolerant plants such as sea purslane and glasswort (samphire) have taken root, while thousands of wading and other birds rest and feed on the nature reserve.Recent bird sightings have included ospreys, spoonbills, glossy ibis, cattle egret, great white egret and ruff. Bird counts of 2,000 golden plover and 200+ lapwing have also been recorded (Devon Wildlife Trust 2020).
Due to Covid 19 restrictions places for this event are limited and participants must be pre booked.

About The Guide:
With 10 years’ experience of wildlife photography, and a regular role as a guide for wildlife tour company Naturetrek, Martin has worked in Yorkshire and Alderney (Channel Islands) for the Wildlife Trusts, and serves on the North Devon Coast AONB Partnership. He is also a Trustee of the North Devon Environmental Trust.