The Wildlife of Horsey Island with Martin Batt, Wildlife Photographer

Horsey Island

3rd Feb
Join Photographer Martin Batt to discover why Horsey Island Nature Reserve is so special for wildlife and a top destination for Birders.

About this Event

Devon Wildlife Trust’s newest nature reserve is an 80 hectare site which was once grazing land protected by an earth bank sea wall. In 2017 the sea wall was breached allowing sea water in. Three years on this breach has grown considerably and Horsey Island is now covered by each incoming tide. As a result grassland has been replaced by a dynamic landscape of mudflats, sandbanks and saltmarsh. Salt tolerant plants such as sea purslane and glasswort (samphire) have taken root, while thousands of wading and other birds rest and feed on the nature reserve. Recent bird sightings have included ospreys, spoonbills, glossy ibis, cattle egret, great white egret and ruff. Bird counts of 2,000 golden plover and 200+ lapwing have also been recorded (Devon Wildlife Trust 2020).

This online event will be delivered using Zoom. There will be a prestation followed by a Q&A where you will have a chance to pose your questions to the speaker. Participants will be sent joining instructions shortly before the live event.

Birds of the CoastAbout The Presenter

With 10 years’ experience of wildlife photography, and a regular role as a guide for wildlife tour company Naturetrek, Martin has worked in Yorkshire and Alderney (Channel Islands) for the Wildlife Trusts. He serves on the North Devon Coast AONB Partnership and is also a Trustee of the North Devon Environmental Trust.