Wildlife flourish at island nature reserve

THIS summer’s indifferent weather has done little to dampen the spirits of wildlife on one of Suffolk’s top nature reserves.

The RSPB’s Havergate Island in the River Ore has been a haven for all creatures great and small.

It was a particularly good season for one the county’s rarest breeding birds, the common gull, with the colony increasing to 18 pairs and a record five chicks fledged from their nests.

Meanwhile - after an almost complete absence in 2009 - 29 pairs of common terns also nested, with the 11 young that fledged the first to do so on Havergate since 2006.

The island also boasts a significant colony of lesser black-backed gulls and the nationally threatened herring gull along with avocets and spoonbills.

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The rare ground lackey moth has also flourished along with a down of brown hares.

Warden Kieren Alexander said: “Havergate is a magical place to visit.”

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