As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Pair of rare little ringed plovers with “squatters rights” hold up building work for new centre in Cley

Sabah Meddings Sabah.Meddings@Archant.Co.Uk 
Friday, June 20, 2014 
8:15 AM

Work on a wildlife reserve which keeps rare birds safe was delayed after a pair of protected waders with “squatter’s rights” bit back and nested before builders could move in.

The long stretches of picturesque marshes at Cley are a haven for bird enthusiasts, providing a habitat for rare species.

Owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the jewel in the crown of the reserve was to be a new education centre sitting behind the visitors’ centre.

But before work could begin, a pair of little ringed plovers nested on a field next to the building site.

The Schedule One protected birds settled down to lay their eggs, delaying building work on the new Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre.

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