Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Toad Alert!

The toads are out and about at the moment so please continue to be alert when visiting the reserve, particularly if you are on a bicycle. These photos were taken on Monday and yesterday. Many thanks to Steven Morris for the first photo. The final two photos were taken on Wharf Lane.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Ring-Necked Ducks

2 Drake ring-necked ducks appeared on the main North Pool this morning. There are fantastic views from the middle hide. RND is a north American diving species, rare here in the UK. Superficially like our tufteds but with grey flanks and white shoulders and a peaked head shape like a gorilla!
The last photo is of a Gadwall on South Pools yesterday, it was accompanied by a Kingfisher.

Monday, 20 February 2012

See above recent sightings of Canada's returning and also a reed bunting. The Matthew was spotted on a couple of occassions from the Tower hide last week (Thanks Rod Holbrook for the lovely picture).
On Friday there were 2 Oystercatcher prospecting on the island and a Kingfisher at the pools. You definetly notice the change in the behaviour of the birds on the pools in the run up to Spring.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Assorted ducks on the main north pool, mostly iced over so birds concentrated (3.02.12)
50+ Redwing feeding in the fields next to Sheepway.

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Little Owl

We had our first practical habitat management task with the Village Quarterly Volunteer Group yesterday. Thankfully the weather was kind and allowed us to get stuck into some scrub clearance in the sanctuary. The aim is to increase the wildflower diversity and to create a mosaic of habitats for wildlife. Thanks a million to everyone who came out to help! (photos to follow). This group is made up of Village Quarter residents and, as the name suggests, will carry out 4 tasks a year. For more info please email Neil Hutton-

Thursday, 2 February 2012

New visitors to the reserve!

The partridges were seen from the main path in the fields between the wharf lane and sheepway lane car parks. The possiblility of them being (locally) escaped birds as happened last year can't be ruled out but equally they could be the real thing cold weather refugees. A 'first' for the reserve. Thanks to Chris Jones for the photo.

The little owl and barn owl were also spotted during the day and the great-crested grebe was still present on the main North Pool (see second pic).
Grey Partridge © Chris Jones2 of the 5 birds seen this afternoon