The North Kent Marshes are one of the most important areas in south east England for breeding waders.
We run this important project on behalf of the RSPB and Natural England in order to improve numbers of wading birds on farms receiving HLS payments. Currently covering 12 farms, we survey throughout spring, recording numbers of lapwing, redshank, oystercatcher, snipe and curlew and then work with farmers to improve the land management for these birds.
The project is a follow on from the work started through the Nature Improvement Area. So farm we have been delighted with the positive response from the farming community who have welcomed the personal attention and tailored, common sense, advice and we are slowly beginning to see our work bear fruit with an increase in fledged chicks.