Early success as sand martins spotted at nesting wall

Sand martins flying at Gouthwaite wall - credit Alex Penn

Sand martins at the nesting wall (Alex Penn)

Last autumn the Partnership completed work on an artificial sand martin nesting wall at Gouthwaite reservoir. The wall was built to replace a natural sand martin bank that was lost through flooding. Nidderdale Birdwatchers have been keeping a close eye on the nesting wall ever since and we are all excited to hear that they have seen between 10 and 15 birds using the wall – although it is early days this looks to be a good sign for a successful breeding season.

One of the best places to view the sand martin activity in safety is to walk from Ramsgill to Bouthwaite and then turn right onto the track that leads back to Wath on the far side of the reservoir. There is a viewing area with a seat on the right hand side of the track that offers a good view across Gouthwaite Reservoir to the sand martin wall.

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