Wildlife sightings for 21st May 2022

1 Common Tern - over main lake W

1 Little Egret - scrape

2 Oystercatcher - main lake

1 Teal - scrape

30 Swift

80 Sand Martin

11 House Martin

3 Chiffchaff - wildside, sheltered lagoon

Reed Warbler (60+), Cetti's Warbler (25+), Sedge Warbler (5+), Chiffchaff and Blackcap (20+) all singing around the reserve. Dragonflies and Damselflies are on the wing or emerging and many new flowers are popping up around the reserve, including orchids in the wildside. Lots of Hirundinidae and Apodidae filling the skies over the reserve!

Flowering plants: Great Burnet, Salad Burnet, Bee Orchid, Cut-leaved Crane's-bill, Dove's-foot Crane's-bill, Goat's Beard, Yellow Flag Iris, Yellow Rattle, Southern Marsh Orchid, Common Bistort, Jack-by-the-hedge, Bugle, Herb Robert, Cuckoo-flower, Ox Eye Daisy, Rowan, Wild Cabbage, Dogwood, Guelder Rose, Bramble, Common Vetch, Dog Rose, Elder, Common Mallow, Birds-foot Trefoil, Grass Vetchling, Deptford Pink, Beaked Hawksbeard, Smooth Hawksbeard, Creeping Cinquefoil, Red Campion.

Insects: Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Peacock, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Green Veined White, Painted Lady, Four-spotted Chaser, Broad-Bodied Chaser, Hairy Dragonfly, Blue Tailed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Large Red Damselfly, Alder Leaf Beetle, Poplar Leaf Beetle, Wasp Beetle, Thick-Legged Flower Beetle, Ruby-Tailed Wasp.