A new report shows signs of dramatic changes for our wintering waterbirds, with a few reaching their highest levels while others have dropped to their lowest.
In Kent their fortunes are mixed. The Medway Estuary which is one of the principal monitoring sites for the report, and supports internationally important numbers of avocet, black-tailed godwit and pintail, has seen its total number of waterbirds decline by 60% since the late 1990s. However in contrast, the Swale Estuary has seen its waterbird numbers increase by 8% over the same period. Ranked the 13th most important site for waterbirds, internationally important numbers of gadwall, little egret and teal are supported here.