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Recent Sightings - 1st July 2019

Posted on 01 Jul 2019

All the hot weather over the past week has made being out in the reserve a real joy; Butterflies and Burnett moths are becoming abundant and very active in the Brickworks grasslands. The young swallows are getting fattened up on all the insects flying around. You can often see them being fed by their parents whilst sitting on the bridges or fences around the reserve. And there is lots of diligent moth ducks watching over their ducklings on all of the lakes. How many Tufted Duck families can you see around our reserve? (Tufted duck pictured)

Count was taken at low tide.

Estuary – visible from the Brent Hide and the Limekiln Observatory

Black-headed Gull 7, Curlew 7, Little Egret 1

Main lake – visible from Sensory garden and Visitor centre

Mallard 37+ ducklings 8, Tufted Duck 4, Coot 2+ 2 chicks, Black-headed Gull c.60, Little Grebe 1

Shingle bank – visible from Sensory garden, Wadermarsh and Visitor Centre

Black-head Gull c.150, Mallard 4, Gadwall 2, Oystercatcher 225

Wadermarsh – visible from Wadermarsh lookout and Brent Hide

Black-headed Gull 32, Greylag 4 + 6 gosling

Freshwater Lagoon – visible from Brent Hide and Crannóg

Mallard 3, Tufted Duck 1+ 5 ducklings, Shelduck 1+8 young, Black-headed Gull c.350, Swallow 1

Saline Lagoon – visible from Limekiln observatory

Black-headed Gull c.50, Common Tern 1,

Limestone Lake

Little Egret 7

Peninsula Field and Saltmarsh

Shelduk 2


Jackdaw 1


Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Treecreeper


Speckled wood, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Cryptic Wood White, Six-Spot Burnett Moth