Thursday, 25 October 2012

Master Hutton, a tudor peasant farmer, met Year 4 pupils from Trinity school this week at Portbury Wharf.  He taught them about all the food you can find for free in the countryside - from blackberries and rose-hips to sheeps sorrel and partridges!  The class saw a brace of partridges up close and then discussed the issues about killing animals to eat.  Master Hutton  learnt about the idea of conservation from the children, and how the nature reserve works to become excellent habitat for a wide range of species.

The class then foraged for food and medicines before treking back to school with their baskets laden.  Their teacher will make jams and rose-hip syrup and Master Hutton itend sto go in to their school for a taster and to inspect their follow up classwork and nature table.  Yum!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

This fantastic snap is of a migrant hawker that was spotted along the rhyne during a guided walk on Sunday. Well done to 7 year old Sam Smith for having such eagle eyes. Earlier in the morning we were treated to a bearded tit and little egret flyover. The hedgerows are fully loaded with berries awaiting the migrants- field fare and redwings have already arrived.
 Another monster tide today but little change in overall numbers of birds/species. There were so few roosting places left for the waders that many Redshank were forced to float it out on the water. 1 flyover flock 20 Ringed Plover to inland.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Pools earlier today: 9 Mute Swan, 12 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 5 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 13 Tufted Duck, 35 Coot, 1 GBB Gull of note.

Elsewhere, 1 Snipe (saltmarsh), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 60+ Woodpigeon (more than usual).


17 flyover Cormorant (to inland), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 flyover Brambling N.

7.10.12 Blue Snow Goose /Bar-headed Goose type...?
Chapel Pill mid-day