Graham Clarkson (left), warden at RSPB Marshside, shows Danny Kershaw the islands where the shells will be spread.....
Press release the RSPB sent out today follows on a new scheme at Marshside.....hmmmm.
"NO SILVER BELLS BUT PLENTY OF COCKLESHELLS TO HELP NESTING BIRDS
The RSPB has taken delivery of three tonnes of cockleshells at its Marshside Nature Reserve on the banks of the world famous Ribble estuary in Southport.
The cockleshells Ã¢ÂÂ which will be spread on islands used by the birds in front of the SandgroundersÃ¢ÂÂ hide - were donated by Kershaws Quality Foods Ltd, who have been operating in the Merseyside seaside town since 1946.
Danny Kershaw, shellfish manager for the company, said: Ã¢ÂÂThe cockleshells are a by-product of the cockling industry, and will be used to improve nesting sites for avocets, oystercatchers and plovers at RSPB Marshside.Ã¢Â?
Graham Clarkson, RSPB Warden at the site, said: Ã¢ÂÂ It has been well known for many years that wading birds like to nest on natural shell beaches. This habitat is disappearing locally, and what remains on the local beach is heavily disturbed, so we are keen to mimic the shell beaches by topping off the islands on the reserve with cockleshells.
Ã¢ÂÂWe hope we can attract ringed plovers to nest on the reserve, as they stopped breeding here several years ago. It is great that Kershaws are happy to help us in our work to help the wildlife which makes Marshside such a special place not just for birds but for people as well.Ã¢Â?
Kershaws Quality Foods Ltd only harvest cockles in areas that are defined as open by the statutory authorities and co-operate with regular checks to ensure that cockles are of a harvestable size."
Shells to the skies everyone, shells to the skies.....