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