The sand martin is one of our Top 20 birds. They are one of the first summer migrants to arrive, sometime as early as mid-March, having spent the winter months in sub-Saharan Africa. They commence their long southward migration during August and September. They are agile fliers, feeding mainly over water and nest in colonies, digging burrows in steep, sandy cliffs, usually around water. The tunnels they bore can be up to a metre in length.
Nesting colonies can be found along the river Derwent between Cockermouth and Workington but sand martins do not breed at Siddick Pond. However, an artificial nesting bank has been positioned near the bird hide, so fingers crossed.
Listen to their song:Find out more in a school or group visit or just visit yourself and see what you can spot.