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Last Updated: Monday, 13 September, 2004, 11:42 GMT 12:42 UK
Seed sown to help migratory birds
Yellow wagtail
Many wagtails have been stopping off in Jersey
Conservationists have sown grass seed in a field in Jersey to help migratory birds visiting the island.

The five-year project will help birds travelling to and from their winter feeding areas.

Signs have been put up near the Noirmont headland warning the public to keep their pets under control so as not to scare the birds.

Tony Painton, from La Societe Jersiaise, said the field attracted the highest number of migratory birds.

Different species

"Over a couple of days last week we had 52 yellow wagtails in here, which migrate from north west Europe down to the Mediterranean," he said.

"One day we had 20 or more wheatears in the field, which go right across the Sahara to equatorial Africa.

"So far, we have had 52 different species in or around the field and it is a terrific place for watching birds. It is one of the hotspots for bird-watching on the island."

La Societe Jersiaise has been monitoring how many migratory birds use the field on their journeys to and from their winter feeding grounds.

Malcolm Smith, from Common Sense Conservation, said it was one of the best places to see different species of birds.

"It is a stopover point for birds on their way down. It is like a giant feeding station for them," he said.




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