Chicks say ‘hello’ to the world

Stone curlew chick from Weeting
Stone curlew chick from Weeting

ONE of the region’s most iconic bird species is flourishing at a Brecks nature reserve.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Weeting Heath has seen the stone curlew population enjoy an exceptional year.

The first chick of 2011, which hatched in June, has now fledged and the two pairs of stone curlews already in situ on the reserve have welcomed a third pair to the site.

Amy Green, Weeting’s summer warden, said: “It’s great that we have three pairs of stone curlews currently nesting on the reserve. Weeting Heath is known as the premier site to observe this strange-looking summer migrant, but the views the birds have been giving visitors are exceptional.”

The third pair are currently sitting on their first clutch of eggs, expected to hatch in the next few days.