The news is not so good today. The Avocets have gone, and the only bird I have heard about is the first Swallow of the summer.
Matt Willmott (English Nature) has the ear of the local landowners, and I'm afraid one of them has been bending it. I'm not sure what has happened, but I have been asked to remind visiting birders to stick to the footpaths.
We enjoy very good relations with the locals, and they have always been very friendly. I suppose the little purple patch of the last few weeks has encouraged more visitors than usual, and although I can honestly say I haven't seen anyone stray from the footpaths, I guess someone must have.
Anyway, stick to the paths please (buy an Ordnance Survey map if you have to), and hopefully there will be no need for any friction to develop.