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Early birds take a leap of faith at much loved nature reserve

Wednesday 24th February

Early birds take a leap of faith at much loved nature reserve

A family of Egyptian geese chicks have become something of an attraction at Attenborough Nature Reserve.

The six chicks are the 1st young birds to be spotted this year and have arrived around three weeks earlier than expected. However, this wasn’t the only surprise as they appear to have nested in a box designed for kestrels, meaning that the chicks had to jump from the box which is around 6 metres from the ground!

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, which manages the nature reserve, first became aware that the adult Egyptian goose had taken an interest in the nest box after being sent a photo of a bird in it by a local photographer some weeks ago. However, it wasn’t until an inspection earlier this week, after the chicks were seen feeding elsewhere on the reserve, that staff inspected the box and discovered a nest.

Speaking about the discovery, Attenborough Nature Centre’s Tim Sexton said: “I was amazed to think an adult Egyptian goose could even fit in there as the entrance is quite small. Then my thoughts turned to the goslings – and 20ft above a patch of brambles, it made me wonder what it might be like, less than two days old and having to make the jump to the ground!”

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