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Common Blue Butterflies flying
22 Jun 2019

Common Blue Butterflies flying

The first Common Blue Butterflies are now flying, a few have been seen along the River Walk yesterday.Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies are also beginning to emerge from the ponds.The Swallows have hatched chicks in the Teal Pond hide. Enter slowly and sit ...

Black-headed Gull chicks and Reed Warbler singing
19 Jun 2019

Black-headed Gull chicks and Reed Warbler singing

More baby birds to report! The Black-headed Gull colony in the Flood Ground have begun hatching chicks. This morning there were at least 5 chicks on the rafts, hopefully with more to come. We will aim to keep the water levels up to deter predators and giv...

Shelduck Chicks
17 Jun 2019

Shelduck Chicks

More baby birds to report! During yesterday's monthly Wetland Bird Survey a pair of Shelduck with 7 chicks were observed out on the Merse in front of the Saltcot Observatory. It also appears that the Oystercatchers on Folly Pond are once again sitting on...

Eclipse is Coming
15 Jun 2019

Eclipse is Coming

No, this is not anything celestial related but the Autumn moult of duck species. Already the Mallard and the Shoveler are starting to look decidedly worn in appearance. It is a rather strange summer as we still seem to have small numbers of our winter d...

Baby Bird Bonanza
14 Jun 2019

Baby Bird Bonanza

In addition to the juvenile birds mentioned in previous posts, yesterday we had our first sighting of a Tree Sparrow chick around the feeders in the Peter Scott Trail. We were also hoping for the flip flap of little Tree Sparrow wings down the Avenue bu...

Hedgerows in Bloom
13 Jun 2019

Hedgerows in Bloom

While the Hawthorn may have finished flowering, the Dog and Guelder roses have taken over the mantle and are providing colour to the hedgerows down to the Peter Scott Observatory. The Hedgerows are also alive with the sound of young birds calling for the...

Summer?
06 Jun 2019

Summer?

The sun is shining, there are young birds everywhere, dragonflies and butterflies are on the wildflowers. It's a perfect day for a visit!High Tide: 15:12, 9.2mOpening times:10am - 5pm every day except Christmas DayAround the reserve:WildflowersCuckoo Fl...

Orchids in the Meadow
01 Jun 2019

Orchids in the Meadow

It looks set to be another good year for Orchids this summer. They are starting to appear up in the meadow with the Northern Marsh Orchids showing well. If you also happen to glance across the Flood Ground from the Campbell Hide or Avenue Tower then you...

Water Rail on Teal Pond
28 May 2019

Water Rail on Teal Pond

It is all go on the Teal Pond today! Rather unusual sighting of a Water Rail. The resident Moorhens were not too pleased to see it and gave it a good battering so it has not been seen since. The Swallow in the hide seems to be sitting on eggs. Meanwhile,...

Tree Sparrows Nesting
25 May 2019

Tree Sparrows Nesting

We have recently been doing surveys of our nestboxes on site to discover what is using them. Apart from the usual Blue Tits and Great Tits we also have our Tree Sparrows back nesting around the feeders in the Peter Scott Trail. In a turn up for the book...

More Lapwing Chicks
24 May 2019

More Lapwing Chicks

Some of the Lapwing that had been nesting on our Lochar Field have now hatched their eggs and little chicks can be seen bumbling around the various waterbodies in the Flood Ground. They are joined there by some more youngsters with a couple of Mallard br...

Roe Deer and Hawthorn Blossom
23 May 2019

Roe Deer and Hawthorn Blossom

Roe deer are much in evidence at the moment with sightings even from the Loaning and Avenue. The new Hawthorn growth is tempting them to venture in closer. The Hawthorn itself is looking lovely with the May blossom peaking. Where we have done works to ...

Damselfly Basking
22 May 2019

Damselfly Basking

The good weather is bringing the Damselflies out in force. The best place to observe them is around the Teal Pond where they can be seen either basking on the vegetation or dancing through the air. We have three species of blue damselfly currently on the...

Garganey still on Folly
21 May 2019

Garganey still on Folly

Well it looks like the drake Garganey is making himself at home on our Folly Pond, back again this morning. Still a few Black-tailed Godwits remaining too, looking lovely in their breeding plumage, and good numbers of Shelduck. There were reports yester...

Skylarks Serenading
18 May 2019

Skylarks Serenading

During our recent Breeding Bird Surveys out on the merse we have been greeted by a wonderful chorus of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. For a fully immersive experience the best place to listen and appreciate is within the Saltcot Merse Observatory. While do...

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