The black-winged stilt was spotted at the Idle Valley reserve in Retford
Gurjeet Nanrah Community Reporter
11:04, 4 SEP 2019
An 'extremely rare' bird was spotted this weekend at a nature reserve in north Nottinghamshire.
The black-winged stilt was seen at Idle Valley nature reserve in Retford over the weekend - marking its first sighting in Nottinghamshire for 45 years.
It is a long-legged wader bird that is also rarely seen elsewhere in the UK.
Members of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the charity that looks after the nature reserve along the River Idle, believe the sighting shows how the wetland reserve has great potential as a location for wildlife watching.
The trust’s head of communications Erin McDaid said: “The bird has caused real excitement. It arrived over the weekend and was still on site this Monday so a number of people have been able to see and photograph it.
"It’s a very rare visitor for Nottinghamshire, the last one was recorded in 1974 and they are still quite a rarity across the UK.”
Another rare creature spotted recently at Idle Valley nature reserve was the red-margined willow sawfly - which is considered destructive to habitats.
The sighting comes ahead of the first Explore North Notts weekend on September 14 and 15 - which is part of the Heritage Open Days Festival - and is aimed at celebrating the county's historic buildings, country parks and open spaces.
September is considered a good time to visit the reserve as many birds begin their autumn migration, meaning birds that could be seen include flycatchers, garganeys, wheaters and whinchats.
A guided bird walk will take place on Sunday, September 15 from 9.30am to 11.30am, so visitors can explore the reserve and children aged 8-12 can take part in the Wildlife Watch Group’s ‘In the Swim’ event the day before which focuses on fishes and other animals that live in water.