Sand Martins back in the sand quarry

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The first Sand Martins have started returning to the old sand quarry.  Most of this colony used to nest by the river in the sand cliffs, but  when it changed course in the floods a couple of years ago, they moved and last year set up a colony in the farm sand pit by the lambing sheds.

Last year there were 40 or so pairs.

We had wondered whether they would return to the new sand cliffs created by the river – we will keep an eye on them and update as things develop.

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