A Grey Plover in winter plumage braving the incoming tide at Druridge Bay. These Amber Listed birds are winter migrants to our shores. Like many waders they feed in the littoral zone, probing for worms and shellfish.
Benthos organisms that waders feed on are adversely affected by even small increases in pollution. This area is adjacent to a proposed opencast coal mine and, if it goes ahead, the flora and fauna of the littoral zone will be poisoned by the toxic minerals and hydrocarbons that will leach into the sea in the rain water. This will in turn damage the populations of migrant birds.
Fortunately, there is a super campaign being run by local volunteers who are trying to protect this important area from the corrupting greed of big business that intend to destroy this environment for their own selfish ends. Let’s hope the campaign is successful and the seabed, shoreline and dunes are protected from ecological vandalism.
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