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2011-07-22
Scotland's storm - affects wild bird breeding.


Recent stormy Scottish weather has impacted the breeding success of wild birds.

Heavy rain and gale force winds left more than 1,000 nests on the Insh Marshes nature reserve in the Highlands submerged underwater, including those of wading species such as lapwing, snipe, redshank and curlew.

The rare Slavonian grebe, a bird whose UK population is restricted to northern Scotland, nests were have been washed away.

Nests and eggs of red kites, ospreys and eagles damaged or blown from trees. A red kite nest had been blown about 60m onto farmland and a dead chick was found on the ground.

Many surviving chicks and fledglings, including birds of prey, found by members of the public, were taken to the Scottish SPCA's Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fife for care.


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