Spoonbill: will they wont they? | Nature Notes from Dorset

Will they, won't they, start to nest near Poole Harbour?  
I am sure we are all aware of how the little egret has spread as a nesting species in this country in the last twenty or so years and that raises the question; will its cousin, the spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), follow suit? Spoonbills actually nest quite nearby in Holland and a pair have bred in Somerset recently so the prospects are good. 
 
In Poole we have had wintering birds in recent years spending a lot of time on Brownsea Lagoon and at Middlebere Lake.



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