Birds on the dune system
On the Duver itself you may see Common whitethroat, Wheatear, Chiffchaff and Linnet, mostly migrants. The whitethroat nests in bushes, and in song the male flies up, then sails down into the bushes with its wings spread and tail erect. The Wheatear feeds on the grassland in spring and autumn on migration. It has a white rump and the male has a black eye mask.
Birds by the lagoons
The shoreline, muddy harbour and salt marshes in the lagoons behind our reserve provide rich habitats for birds, especially during times of migration and in winter. Close by on the other side of the Embankment road is the Brading Marshes RSPB reserve, which encompasses most of the reclaimed land of the estuary of the River Yar and includes freshwater lagoons. Not surprisingly, this whole area is excellent for bird watching. Little egrets (which resemble a small white heron), Wigeon, Shelducks, Teal, Brent geese, curlew and lapwings are all regular visitors. Unusual migrants are occasionally blown in too.