Rare birds set up home

AVOCETS are attempting to nest in Northumberland for the first time on record.

A breeding pair of the rare birds have arrived at the Cresswell Pond reserve behind Druridge Bay.

Until now, the black and white waders have only gone as far north to breed as the Washington Wildlife and Wetlands Trust on the banks of the River Wear.

But the birds have not chosen an ideal site for their Cresswell nest — it is on a sand spit on the edge of a pond and could be swept away if there is heavy rain.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Northumberland County Council have used a JCB to try to clear the pond’s drainage channel to lessen the risk and improve conditions.

Police have been told about the nest and people are urged to report anyone acting suspiciously at the site.