Friday 23rd June
Although mainly intended to be a weekend for equipment maintenance and nestling gull ringing, in recent years there has been a summering Knot flock at Heacham so a recce was done on the Friday evening. Unfortunately a slightly late departure from Base and traffic light controlled roadworks on the coast road to Heacham conspired to make arrival on the beach at Heacham after the mudflat had covered. No sign of any Knot on the beach although a party of 20 Sanderling appeared later. The only other waders on the beach were a number of breeding Ringed Plover. Also looked at fields inland to see if Knot had gone there. The only bare field did have a flock of 500 Oystercatchers but no Knot.
Saturday 24th June
A team of seven spent the day doing jobs at Base, both to the base and maintaining equipment, and strimming some areas on the saltmarsh ready for catching attempts in July and during Mini and Main Wash Weeks. By evening the majority of jobs written on the white board as needing doing had been achieved so the team felt well pleased with themselves.
Sunday 25th June
A team of 16 assembled at the Peter Scott lighthouse at 09:30 ready to go out to the Outer Bund, JAC remaining at base to look after their two collies and the chocolate Labrador accompanying FA on this trip. The walk out to the bund was made easier as it was possible drive along the sea wall to the point where one heads out across the saltmarsh and mudflats. Once on the bund, the group efficiently rounded up creches of young gulls and took just two hours to use up all the gull rings taken out
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Three dead ringed adult gulls were also found, two of which originate from elsewhere, not being our rings. The exercise was done in pleasant conditions, it being hazy sun with some breeze. Return to shore was uneventful with everyone departing for home early afternoon.