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This rare bird made an appearance as plans were unveiled to improve Weymouth nature reserve

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This rare bird made an appearance as plans were unveiled to improve Weymouth nature reserve

A rare bird made an appearance at a wildlife haven during an announcement about future plans.
 
Staff at the RSPB Lodmoor Nature Reserve in Weymouth set up an exhibition at the viewing shelter to give information on the organisation's enhancement plans for the site.
 
Significant habitat works at the reserve are in the pipeline to rejuvenate the reedbed and enhance the saltmarsh.
 
Attendance at the event was boosted by the appearance of a very rare Long Billed Dowitcher from America, which attracted a flock of birdwatchers. The enthusiasts also showed interest in the exhibition.
 
Luke Phillips, RSPB visitor operations manager for Dorset, hopes that the improvements the RSPB has planned for the land will encourage more rare birds like this to the area, as well as the Great White Egret, to breed at the reserve.
 
If successful it will be the first time in Dorset, as it is a breed that only started nesting in the UK a few years ago.
 
Mr Phillips said: “We’re planning to improve the ecology for birds as well as making changes to encourage more visitors to the area to help support the work of the RSPB. One of our aims is to provide stopping spots for migrating birds to feed during their journeys, which will see them travel thousands of miles.” 
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