Round the clock guard for rare chicks

TWO avocet chicks have hatched their way into the county record books at Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Cresswell Pond reserve.

Until now, the most northerly breeding site for avocets was the Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Tyne and Wear.

But two chicks have now arrived at Cresswell Pond.

The chicks are in a very vulnerable position as avocets usually nest in colonies for protection against predators.

Police have been informed about the chicks and Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Druridge Bay warden and volunteer team will be guarding them round the clock.