Oystercatchers make a shallow scrap in the sand and
shingle in which to lay their eggs.
For many species Holkham offers one of the few unspoilt habitats left in the UK for these birds to breed. To protect them, the Holkham warden team search for nests and set up large enclosures around the nesting birds as any disturbance may cause the birds to abandon their eggs.
Birds which nest on the shingle often have very well
camouflaged eggs. It is very easy to accidentally crush them.
You can easily help by keeping your dog under effective control during the bird breeding season (1st March – 31st July) and from stopping your dog(s) from entering any of the enclosed areas.