Wildlife sightings for 27th June 2022

*PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE A SITE-WIDE FISH SURVEY IN OPERATION THIS WEEK ACROSS MANY OF THE WATERBODIES. APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE TO YOUR VISIT*

Birds:

4 Common Tern - main lake, reservoir lagoon

2 Spotted Redshank - main lake

2 Oystercatcher + chicks - main lake raft

1 Swallow - reservoir lagoon

1 Kingfisher - wildside

2 Reed Bunting juvs - reedbed

1 Chiffchaff juv - wildside

Breeding bird territories:- Reed Warbler (60+), Cetti's Warbler (18), Reed Bunting (6), Sedge Warbler (3), Chiffchaff (3), Blackcap (20), Song Thrush (4).

Flowering plants: Great Burnet, Salad Burnet, Agrimony, Bee Orchid, Pyramidal Orchid, Cut-leaved Crane's-bill, Dove's-foot Crane's-bill, Yellow Rattle, Bugle, Herb Robert, Ox-eye Daisy, Bramble, Self-heal, Common Vetch, Tufted Vetch, Dog Rose, Elder, Common Mallow, Deptford Pink, Beaked Hawksbeard, Smooth Hawksbeard, Creeping Cinquefoil, Red Campion, White Water Lily, Flowering Rush, Arrowhead, Knapweed, Yellow Bartsia, Meadow-rue, Yellow Loosestrife, Square-stalked St John's Wort, Betony, Cat's Ear, Pond Sedges, Club-rushes, Bristly Ox-tongue, Hawkweed Ox-tongue, Rough Hawkbit. The grazing marsh banks currently have the best display of Bird's-foot Trefoil on the reserve. Head to Wildside for the 'tall herb fen meadow' communities which include the lovely frothy flowers of Meadowsweet and the purples/pinks of Marsh Woundwort, Purple Loosestrife, Southern Marsh Orchid and Willowherb.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Marbled White, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral.

Dragonflies/Damselflies: Four-spotted Chaser, Norfolk Hawker, Broad-Bodied Chaser, Black-Tailed Skimmer, Hairy Dragonfly, Emperor, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Large Red Damselfly.

Other insects: Alder Leaf Beetle, Willow Leaf Beetle, Poplar Leaf Beetle, Wasp Beetle, Yellow Longhorn Beetle, Thick-Legged Flower Beetle, Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Ruby-Tailed Wasp, Green Lacewing, Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Cinnabar Moth, Yellow Underwing, Mother Shipton, Yellow-barred Longhorn, Silver Y.