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New ponds On DWT Reserve Attract Rare Wildlife

Grey Phalarope  © Steve Smith

1:35pm 29th October 2014

It's 'scarce' in the UK and rarely found far in-land but a grey phalarope, a wading bird which breeds in the artic, has been spotted in Dorset.

The uncommon visitor was recorded at new ponds created on Dorset Wildlife Trust's Tadnoll and Winfirth reserve.

It's thought stormy weather helped encourage the grey phalarope to feed on one of the newest ponds just weeks after it was finished.

DWT's Assistant Conservation Officer, Ali Quinney said "It is so exciting that so many new species are already using the ponds at such an early stage, and to have rarities like the grey phalarope make use of the pond is fantastic. 

The site has so much potential and this conservation work will not only improve habitat for the wildlife already in the area, but attract new wildlife too."

The ponds have been built to connect two existing areas of wetland habitat and create a network of new ponds and wetland habitat.

Other wildlife like green sandpipers, snipe and grey wagtails have been seen using the ponds.

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