Lea Farm GP
One of the Lea Farm rafts with lots of newly
colour ringed Gull chicks, June 2011


      28J5 just after it was ringed on 26 June 2011



Lea Farm GP is north of Lavell's Lake along the Loddon footpath. It is a relatively new lake formed from recent gravel extraction, it has been created as a nature reserve by Summerleaze Ltd, who own the land.

Summerleaze Ltd have given F.O.L.L. (Friends of Lavell's Lake) permission to build a 'members only' hide overlooking the lake and FOLL are also involved with some aspects of the site management. In 2011 F.O.L.L. asked us to colour ring the Black-headed Gull chicks at Lea Farm GP along with the Common Terns and this was carried out on 26 June. One raft had been occupied by a few Black-headed Gulls and about 12 pairs of Common Terns but it appears that the regular harassment by the gulls had a detrimental affect and there were only 12 Tern pulli on the raft along with several small dead chicks and un-hatched eggs. 39 gull pulli were present on the 2 rafts and all were colour ringed. One of the nesting adults here (2X53) is a bird that was ringed at Hosehill in 2009.

So far (January 2012) we’ve only had one reported sighting of these birds.


White 27J1





Lea Farm GP



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