Fife SOC funds Mallard nesting project on the Eden

02 May 2014

In a collaborative project, the Fife branch of the SOC has funded the construction and siting of 16 Mallard nesting tubes at various sites on the Eden estuary in Fife.

Due to noted decreases in the national population and breeding success of Mallards, the Eden Estuary Local Nature Reserve Volunteer Wildfowl warden came up with the idea of building and then placing Mallard nests on the Eden Estuary LNR. He approached the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust Ranger who in turn approached the Fife branch of the SOC to see if we would fund and support the project which we agreed to do, donating £300.

Countryside Management students at Elmwood College, Cupar then built the nesting tubes.

Under supervision by the warden, the students placed the nests at various locations on the Eden estuary and at the area known as the Goosepools.

This is a great project involving bird watchers, conservationists, wildfowlers, land managers and students all for the greater good of assisting our most well known and loved duck.

 

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