2016 was a year for breaking records at the Attenborough Nature Reserve. At the time of writing no fewer than 172 different bird species had been spotted by visitors to the Reserve, making it the best year since records began. It has beaten the previous record, set in 2013, by just three species.
The most notable birds included; Whiskered Tern, Glossy Ibis and Yellow-Browed Warbler – all of which had never before been seen on the Reserve. A Purple Heron spotted in May became only the seond of its kind to be seen at Attenborough. Other rarities included; Red-Backed Shrike (only the fourth record in 50 years), Slavonian Grebe, Black-Necked Grebe and an unprecedented 40-50 Sandwich Tern seen in early April. Attenborough Reserve is a great example of a restored Quarry which is now managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
The photos show the Whiskered Tern (main pic.), Glossy Ibis (left pic.) and Yellow Browed Warbler (right pic).