I went to the Marsh nearly every day but then my heart sunk when I learned about the wind turbines being erected. I must admit I was very sceptical at first and if they would affect the bird life and nature balance of the Marsh. However the roads were made so much better for access and in my opinion the numbers and diversity of birds actually improved. I am not sure if it was due to the areas being far more accessible but the bird life surged - it was compelling.
After seeing some of my pictures on social media people would say to me – “we went to the Marsh and saw nothing” - I agree it is a strange place at times as it can depend on the time of year, wind direction, tides and strength of wind. However I always remember Bill Oddie on Springwatch many years ago say “just sit quietly in one area for an hour and the birds will come to you”. I have adopted that philosophy with camouflage gear, sitting and waiting in the nettles on the banks of the tanks and its paid off in bundles. Only a few days ago and in the space of just 2 hours I had nearly 30 species of birds fly past me - one of the best days ever on the marsh but then the following day I literally saw nothing. It can be very hit and miss at times but strangely that’s part of the enjoyment - the uncertainty.