Kingfishers thrive in the Fens

Kingfishers are thriving among the Middle Level Drain riverbanks

Kingfishers are thriving among the Middle Level Drain riverbanks - Credit: Archant

Kingfishers are continuing to thrive throughout the Fens among the waterways of the Middle Level system.

Cliff Carson, environmental officer at Middle Level Commissioners, said that breeding pairs have used at least 14 of the 84 sites created at pumping stations and bridges where 156 holes have been drilled as potential nesting opportunities for them.

“It is not just kingfishers that are taking advantage of the opportunities that holes drilled at pumping stations present.

“Wrens have managed to squeeze their nests into the 60mm diameter tunnels at five sites,” he said.

“In addition a pair of sand martins, birds that usually seek a sandy cliff to dig a nesting tunnel as part of a colony, found one of the drilled holes to their liking and raised a brood in 2016 in Ramsey Internal Drainage Board district.”

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