Saturday, March 26, 2005

Changing The Guard At Godwit Palace

Source: BBC

The BBC reports that special bird eggs are getting their very own 24-hour guard.

One of the UK's rarest breeding birds is to be watched around the clock to stop its eggs from being stolen.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) wants volunteers to help keep an eye on the black-tailed godwit nests at Newton Marsh, Lancashire.

The bird watch is supported by Lancashire police and the Fylde Bird Club.

Carol Coupe, RSPB project officer, said: "In the past these birds have been the target of cruel thieves, who steal the eggs of rare birds and kill the growing chick inside, then conceal the empty shell, only bringing it out to show off to other egg thieves.

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