Four Marsh Harrier chicks have recently fledged at Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s East Chevington nature reserve which is heavily supported by funding from People’s Postcode Lottery.
What makes this breeding even more exciting to the Trust and the People’s Postcode Lottery is the fact that this is the first confirmed breeding of Marsh Harriers in Northumberland since 1880.
The Marsh Harrier was once a widespread bird in the UK but stopped breeding in Northumberland in the late nineteenth century - hence the euphoria amongst the Region’s bird enthusiasts.
Duncan Hutt, Head of Land Management at Northumberland Wildlife Trust said: “This is fantastic news for these magnificent birds. We would urge everybody to keep playing the People’s Postcode Lottery as the funding it generates has allowed us to develop the reedbeds at the East Chevington reserve which are attracting a growing number of birds such as reed bunting, sedge warblers and increasing number of bitterns.”
Northumberland Wildlife Trust is licensed by the Gambling Commission under certificate 000-009120-N-104448-004 (remote operating license 000-009120-R-308201-001)