Currently the star breeding bird on the washes and a real privelige to work with, this individual was colour ringed during an RSPB project to determine the birds productivity, site faithfulness and other management issues. Many reserves would like to have them, its just working out how to increase the numbers so they can re-colonise suitable habitats. They are very site faithful, returning to natal fields in their second year having wintered in West Africa. The project did however prove that some birds return in their first summer and have nested at this age. One of our birds colour ringed in 1997 was present on the reserve this year and could be seen on droveside gates scolding passers-by as it protected its young.