Birds thrive in wetlands reserve near Bicester

Bicester news: Birds thrive in wetlands reserve near Bicester

Marshes, ponds and grassland at the Upper Ray Meadows reserve near Bicester are now a muddy haven for rare birds including curlew and lapwing, as well as butterflies and damselflies, BBOWT said on World Wetlands Day on Wednesday.

Work was carried out as part of the three-year £1.78m National Wetland Restoration and Flood Alleviation Project, funded by Biffaward.

BBOWT spokesman Christopher Williams said: “Places like the Upper Ray Meadows and Gallows Bridge Farm are alive with wildfowl and wading birds at this time of year. World Wetlands Day is the ideal time to reflect on their value, and to get out and enjoy them.

“On the Upper Ray Meadows this winter we’ve seen more than 2,000 lapwing and impressive flocks of golden plover, wigeon and teal. These are wonderful birds and it’s rare to see them in these numbers.

“Birders have spotted black-tailed godwit and dunlin as well as barnacle and white-fronted geese.”