Its always a pleasure to see these birds dropping into our only large-ish fresh water site in the boro..on thier migration to and from breeding grounds to the north of us. Northumberland has wintering birds which most us south of the Tyne must envy,along with fantastic counts of wintering geese.
So we make the most of what we have....;-)
The sluice gate at the flats will be taken out tomorrow sadly but we have to be grateful to ST Council for it being positioned here in the first place for many years! Its Church owned land - leased to a farmer and then sub-leased for a few months of the year (to the tune of thousands of pounds) to ST council so it can be flooded and turned into a wildlife haven.