A student from Pembrokeshire College (University of Glamorgan) in Haverfordwest is asking members of the public to keep their eyes open for dead oystercatchers around the Burry Inlet, Loughor Estuary and Three Rivers Estuary to help with a research project.
Rhiannon Baker, a second year student in the Coastal Zone and Marine Environment Research Unit, is conducting a study into the current prey selection of oystercatchers, as their otherwise staple diet – cockles – is nowadays experiencing a yearly die‐off and is therefore in short supply. The study will provide further insights into how the birds might be trying to cope with such drastic changes to their habitat and life‐support system.
If you come across a dead oystercatcher, please call either Dr Ziggy Otto on 07970 708722 or Rhiannon Baker on 07903 870631, and the bird will be collected as a matter of priority.
AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST BIRD FLU, YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED NOT TO PICK UP THE BIRD YOURSELF: INFORM EITHER ZIGGY OR RHIANNON OF ITS WHERE‐ABOUTS!