The last few weeks have seen the return of the stone curlews into the Brecks after their long migrations from Africa. And thanks to our Wings Over the Brecks project, a partnership between Breaking New Ground, the RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Forestry Commission, it has been possible to get a closer look at these intriguing birds. Using solar powered nest cameras, live footage is fed back to a big screen in the Weeting Heath visitor centre for all to see. Two pairs are now nesting on Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Weeting Heath and yesterday that the pair who are the stars of the nest cam hatched two healthy chicks, which is brilliant news!
Weeting Heath reserve is one of the best places in the country to catch a glimpse of these elusive birds. With their mottled brown plumage and tendency to sit still on their nests in their close-cropped stony heathland habitat for much of the day, they can be difficult for even the best trained eye to pick out with binoculars, so it's fantastic to be able to get up close and personal to the famous "wailing heath chickens" via the nest camera. If you want to have a look for yourself, the visitor centre is open every day 09:30-16:30 25th Mar - 31st Aug.
Soon, we hope to be able to give you news of this year’s goshawk, woodlark, hobby and nightjar nest cameras as well so do keep an eye out here and on our social media feeds (Facebook: Breaking New Ground, Twitter: @TheBrecksBNG) for more Wings over the Brecks (and other BNG)news. Until then, you can view footage from last year’s nest cams.