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Nature reserve celebrations

A former sand and gravel quarry, close to the village of North Cave, has become an important sanctuary for one of Yorkshire’s largest inland colonies of avocets – an iconic, once highly threatened bird which remains amongst the most heavily protected species in the UK.

Twenty-three avocet chicks have hatched within Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve over recent weeks and the hope is, having bred successfully, avocets will remain faithful to the site in subsequent years. To date, restoration work led by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has delivered a mixture of shallow and deep water lakes and reed beds, providing outstanding habitat for passage, breeding and wintering birds. Gravel islands have been created in three lakes to provide breeding grounds for a number of bird species.