Monitoring Marsh harriers

Marsh harrier chicks have recently been ringed on Ely Beet Pits. This will help scientists track their movements and shed light on the birds’ ecology. Marsh harriers were extinct in the UK for most of the last century, returning only in the 1970s, but they have bred here regularly for several years. The parents can be easily seen from the pull-ins on Queen Adelaide Way, but remember that it is strictly illegal to approach the birds without a licence.