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Apr 2011

Survey work this summer is taking place to assess breeding wader populations across five machair study areas at Iochar, Balranald, Bornish, Askernish and Berneray.

The survey is taking place to enable the project to monitor the effects of some of its land management works over the next two years. Individual cropped machair plots are being monitored to record the numbers of breeding waders using the plots and their use of the habitat for nesting or feeding. The survey will be repeated 2013 to gauge the effects of various types of management that the project is carrying out in liaison with crofters, which are either known to or thought likely to benefit ground nesting birds.