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One of the reasons Bridgwater Bay is a National Nature Reserve is the Shelduck.

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Due to the extreme tidal range of the bay, at low tide enormous areas of mudflats are exposed and these are teeming with the tiny creatures that Shelducks – and many other species of waterfowl and wading birds – like to eat.

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According to the UK Government website, this reserve is ‘the second largest European moulting ground for Shelduck, with up to 2000 birds present each July’, and rather a lot were still there last Sunday (6 October) when I visited with my birding buddies from Glamorgan Bird Club.

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In fact, I’ve never seen so many Shelducks in my life before. Two thousand almost seems to be an underestimate!

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