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Protected bird nest closes Cley Marshes path days after it was unveiled by David Attenborough

PUBLISHED: 12:35 18 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:05 18 June 2015

An oystercatcher similar to the one at Cley Marshes. Picture: DAVID CRAWSHAW/ NATIONAL TRUST

An oystercatcher similar to the one at Cley Marshes. Picture: DAVID CRAWSHAW/ NATIONAL TRUST

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A protected bird has caused a footpath unveiled by Sir David Attenborough to close just days after it was opened.

The large black and white oystercatcher has taken up residence on the new footpath - opened on June 12 - at Cley Marshes named ‘Attenborough’s Walk’.

The path allows access from Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s reserve at Cley Marshes and connects to the Salthouse Marshes to the east.

A warden at Salthouse Marshes said the oystercatcher was protected so they had to close the path.

He added they expected the chicks would hatch in a couple of weeks so the walk could be reopened.

Bernard Bishop, warden at Cley said: “We do not know how long the bird had been nesting there. Once it has left the nest then we will re-open the path but we cannot say when that will be exactly.”

Norfolk Wildlife Trust bought the stretch of land in 8km of protected coastal sites in 2012.

Over the last three years, the land has been transformed from its former use as commercial shooting ground.

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