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Wildlife sightings for w/c 6th July 2020
07 Jul 2020

Wildlife sightings for w/c 6th July 2020

Oystercatcher, Common Tern, Green Sandpiper and a Kestrel family all recorded this week ...

Wildlife sightings for w/c June 29th 2020
29 Jun 2020

Wildlife sightings for w/c June 29th 2020

A few migrant waders on the move at the start of a blustery week...

Wildlife sightings for w/c 22nd June 2020
25 Jun 2020

Wildlife sightings for w/c 22nd June 2020

Dozens of dragonflies and damselflies on the wing, regular Hobby, plus lots of fledged birds across the reserve...

Wildlife sightings for w/c 15th June 2020
17 Jun 2020

Wildlife sightings for w/c 15th June 2020

Dragonflies and Damselflies are feeding, mating and ovipositing across the reserve, as well flocks of Swifts, Common Tern, Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Wheatear and lots of breeding warblers to be found...

Garden Warbler on the wader scrape bank and young Reed Buntings in the reedbed 9th June 2020
10 Jun 2020

Garden Warbler on the wader scrape bank and young Reed Buntings in the reedbed 9th June 2020

A great selection of breeding warblers on the reserve with Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler all around. Also dozens of Black-tailed Skimmers among many other dragonfly and damselfy species...

Mediterranean Gull flock on main lake all day 7th June 2020
08 Jun 2020

Mediterranean Gull flock on main lake all day 7th June 2020

5 Mediterranean Gull calling and feeding on the main lake. Wildflower meadows looking lovely across the reserve...

Oystercatchers still on main lake island w/c 1st June 2020
04 Jun 2020

Oystercatchers still on main lake island w/c 1st June 2020

Pair of Oystercatchers continue to display to each other on main lake shingle. Also Mediterranean Gull and good numbers of Swift overhead...

Birds breeding across the reserve w/c May 25th 2020
29 May 2020

Birds breeding across the reserve w/c May 25th 2020

From reed warblers to lapwings there are birds busy nesting and feeding young in all the different habitats on the SSSI at the end of May. Many more Dragonflies are on the wing, and the spring flowers are a blaze of colour everywhere you walk...

Buzzard low over the reserve 21st May 2020
22 May 2020

Buzzard low over the reserve 21st May 2020

Also Yellow Wagtails on the marsh and several Chiffchaff territories ...

Firecrest singing in wildside 19th May 2020
20 May 2020

Firecrest singing in wildside 19th May 2020

Firecrest spotted with Goldcrests in willow scrub. Reed Buntings, Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers all breeding on the reserve...

Grasshopper Warbler singing 12th May 2020
13 May 2020

Grasshopper Warbler singing 12th May 2020

Grasshopper Warbler singing from the main lake shore a.m. Good count of Sedge Warbler also around the main lake borders...

Whitethroat and Garden Warbler recorded 7th May 2020
08 May 2020

Whitethroat and Garden Warbler recorded 7th May 2020

Good counts of breeding passerines on site. Lots of butterflies spotted this week too...

Hobby on the reserve 6th May 2020
08 May 2020

Hobby on the reserve 6th May 2020

Migrant Hobby on the marsh. Also Mandarin ducklings on the water...

Ring Ouzel and Yellow Wagtails 5th May 2020
06 May 2020

Ring Ouzel and Yellow Wagtails 5th May 2020

Grazing marsh attracting daily Yellow Wagtail and wader species. Male Ring Ouzel on the scrape bank...

Whinchat and Yellow Wagtails on marsh 1st May 2020
02 May 2020

Whinchat and Yellow Wagtails on marsh 1st May 2020

Whinchat and Yellow Wagtails feeding on the marsh, plus Mediterranean Gull and Lesser Whitethroat recorded...