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

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 - Credit: Archant

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.

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

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