Fresh water attracts birds, be they wildfowl or waders and our aim was to create habitat for nesting Lapwings, Redshanks and Avocets alongside winter visitors such as Wigeon, Teal, Pink-footed and Brent geese. For the fields to be perfect, summer grazing by cows is essential. The grass is then nibbled by ducks and geese in the winter thus maintaining conditions for the following nesting season. When we commenced our first piece of work in 2018/19, we knew there had been few nesting birds. With more water, up to four pairs of Lapwings and Redshanks and Oystercatchers arrived. Currently the fields are alive with grazing Wigeon and Brent geese, while surprise visitors such as Bewick’s Swans have been seen. For us at Holkham this is only the start and exciting times lay ahead!