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Great Britain

Set B1 - British Birds - card information

4. The Avocet
(Recurvirostra avosetta)

4. The Avocet

The elegant Avocet, a study in white and black on long grey legs, was formerly well known in eastern England , but the reclamation of the Fen District drove it away. It was lost to us as a breeding species. However in 1947 four pairs returned to nest on Havergate Island on the east coast. This colony has done well, steadily increasing, and in 1952 forty pairs reared over one hundred Young. Once more we can claim the Avocet as a truly British bird.