Exotic bee-eater chicks have fledged at the National Trust's Wydcombe estate on the Isle of Wight

Exotic bee-eating chicks fledge on wildlife estate

Exotic bee-eating chicks fledge on wildlife estate

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EXOTIC bee-eater chicks have fledged on the Isle of Wight.

It is the first time the birds, which usually nest in southern Europe, have bred successfully in the UK for 12 years.

The chicks fledged on the National Trust’s Wydcombe estate, thanks to a joint protection operation by the trust, the RSPB and Isle of Wight naturalists.

Keith Ballard, site manager at the RSPB’s Brading Marshes reserve, near Bembridge, said: “We are thrilled that the bee-eaters have managed to breed successfully on the Isle of Wight.

“It has been an amazing year for exotic species breeding on the Island.”

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6:27pm Mon 25 Aug 14

southy says...

Shame that when they leave it will be a few years before seen again in the UK, I must of been one of the lucky few that have seen Bee-Eaters in the Uk and that is going back some years back in the mid to late 60's, the location was just away from the 2nd quarry in Nursling
Shame that when they leave it will be a few years before seen again in the UK, I must of been one of the lucky few that have seen Bee-Eaters in the Uk and that is going back some years back in the mid to late 60's, the location was just away from the 2nd quarry in Nursling southy
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