How holes help kingfishers thrive in the Fens

A kingfisher has adopted one of ther holes as its home. Picture: C liff Carson

A kingfisher has adopted one of ther holes as its home. Picture: C liff Carson - Credit: Archant

Holes drilled in sluices and riverside pilings are helping kingfishers to thrive in the Fens.

Cliff Carson from the Middle Level Drainage Board drilling out a burrow. Picture: Kate Pollard

Cliff Carson from the Middle Level Drainage Board drilling out a burrow. Picture: Kate Pollard - Credit: Archant

Drainage boards on the Middle Level have now made more than 90 holes which the tiny birds can use as burrows.

Newsletter the Natural Level reports: 'Kingfishers had another very successful nesting season in the Middle Level during 2017. While mild

winters without prolonged freezing conditions may not be favoured by fen skaters, it certainly has helped the survival of good numbers of kingfishers.

'Newly adopted holes out of the 93 drilled for them included


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sites in Woodwalton, the Hundred Foot Washes, Benwick IDB District and March Riverside.'

Timber retaining walls are also being trialled to create burrowing sites in the sides of culverts for the birds.

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