Oystercatchers safe this New Years Eve

Harry and Sophie are safely fenced in to protect their babies.

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The oystercatchers, known as Harry and Sophie, are successfully nesting on the main Mount beach on New Year's Eve, with the area around their nest roped off by the Department of Conservation.  

The birds are taking turns sitting on two eggs, due to hatch in mid-January.

Their main threat - apart from humans, dogs and cats - is the high tide.

Volunteers from Western Bay Wildlife placed sandbags on the seaward side of the nest to help safeguard it from the tide.



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