A British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) wetland bird survey has revealed the huge numbers of wildfowl and waders from across the world that use English wetlands.

At the five most important sites surveyed ? the Wash, Ribble Estuary, Morecambe Bay, north Norfolk coast, and the Thames Estuary ? volunteers counted 1.2million wildfowl and waders.

At the Somerset Levels, more than 50,000 wigeon and 70,000 lapwing were recorded ? evidence, the BTO says, of the importance of these sites as cold weather refuges, and the benefits of inland wetland habitat creation and management.

The rest of this article appears in the 10th October issue of Shooting Times.

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