Wildlife sightings for 8th June 2022


4 Common Tern - main lake

2 Little Ringed Plover

2 Oystercatcher - main lake

1 Snipe - marsh

1 Hobby

6 Sedge Warbler territories - scrape, sheltered lagoon, marsh, main lake

Reed Warbler (70 singing birds), Cetti's Warbler (23), Reed Bunting (7), Sedge Warbler (4), Chiffchaff (3) and Blackcap (20+) all singing around the reserve.

After spending a few weeks on the reserve the Common Tern pair are now turning on a nest on the large raft in the middle of the reserve. This is a good sign and means the birds are probably sat on eggs. The pair do a lot of fishing on the Sheltered Lagoon. The Garganey have been seen on the 4th, 5th 6th and 7th. Couldn't spot them this morning but they are incredibly secretive birds and can easily camouflage into the foliage of the wetlands.

Flowering plants: Great Burnet, Salad Burnet, Agrimony, Bee Orchid, Southern Marsh Orchid, Pyramidal Orchid, Cut-leaved Crane's-bill, Dove's-foot Crane's-bill, Goat's Beard, Yellow Flag Iris, Yellow Rattle, Common Bistort, Bugle, Herb Robert, Ox Eye Daisy, Rowan, Dogwood, Guelder Rose, Bramble, Common Vetch, Tufted Vetch, Grass Vetchling, Dog Rose, Elder, Common Mallow, Birds-foot Trefoil, Deptford Pink, Beaked Hawksbeard, Smooth Hawksbeard, Creeping Cinquefoil, Red Campion, White Water Lily, Flowering Rush, Aster, Knapweed, Greater Knapweed, Yellow Bartsia, Meadow-rue.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, 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, 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.