Things got off to a good start this morning with all six nets up before 06:30. The net I repaired last time looked great at the southern end of Marsh Ride, with no holes and the correct tension on the new shelf string until a badger went through it, snapped the brand-new, bottom shelf string, left a massive hole and a trail of muddy footprints! I think it’s probably beyond repair this time! Expensive! A replacement will cost me £137, although I may be able to salvage the top four shelves from the old net for use as a spare.
In terms of birds, numbers were steady first thing but tailed off again by mid morning. 52 birds were trapped of which 47 were new: 3 Blackbird, 9 Blackcap, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Great Tit, 9 Reed Warbler, 2 Robin, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Willow Warbler and 4 Wren.