Knot numbers hit record level at RSPB Snettisham
22 October 2020
The number of knot feeding and flying to create swirling dark clouds of birds on the Norfolk coast has reached record numbers.
For the first time about 140,000 have been seen on the RSPB reserve at Snettisham. The previous site record was 120,000 in the winter of 1990-91, the organisation said.
To see them is just an extraordinary experience. It's not just what you're looking at, it's also the sound you have to appreciate. When you get tens of thousands of birds flying around you - they make a lot of noise.Les Bunyan, Photographer and Reserve Volunteer
The birds, which are about 25cm (10in) in length, undertake one of the longest migrations of any animal from their Arctic breeding grounds to the coasts and estuaries of Europe, Africa and Australia where they spend the winter feasting on invertebrates.