Natterjack Toadlets

At last a few have been found around one of the new ponds, same as last year, but are very difficult to spot when covered in sand, see the attached.


Anyone seen a bridge

What a lovely surprise this morning, nearly fell into the ditch, some kind persons have taken our bridge, hope they got a hernia. We had a quick look around the area but didn’t find any clues to where or why it was removed.

Bob and Bri

Yellow is the colour

Flowers are great as long as you like yellow, Yellow Bartsia, Yellow Rattle,and now Dyer;s Greenweed, Lady’s Bedstraw, Meadow Vetchling ans shortly Ragwort.

When feeding the cygnets this morning, found a lot of large Carp scales on the sand, no sign of a struggle or any blood, may have been caught on a rod and line.

The Common toadlets were on the move, how they manage to survive, being so small.

Sand Martins were feeding over the ponds today, nests must be close.


New Memorial gate support damaged

As can be seen in the photos the gate has been pushed through in the wrong direction and popped lower hinge. The gate is extremely heavy and the original method of support was very poor, relying on the top hinge to take all the weight.

Bob and Bri

North End Reserve

Some animals are on the move others are not, photo taken of a young roe deer, found dead on top of beach on the west side, the cattle fences definitely restrict the movement of the young roe , which cannot manage to clear them.

Another photo of a large jelly fish on the side of the channel, see size compared to large bucket.

Lots of Skimmers around one shot of a Four spot attached.

Also a few Drinker moth caterpillars on the move, looking for a good place to pupate.

Plenty of Common Blue Damselfly are around the ponds and in the long grass, photo of one unfortunate that landed in the water, and close by was a damselfly nymph.

Walk around Gillie’s

Had a stroll around Gillies yesterday, primarily to check on the Sparrowhawks. Earlier in the season they were checking out a spot near an old nest, and it appears they have had second thoughts but they are close by, one flew out of the trees and briefly landed on a post before continuing it’s hunt.

Barn Owls from the tower can often be seen hunting during the day, trying to feed a hungry family is a full time job. Yesterday one of the young could be seen under the tank and while watching, one of the adults returned with a vole, not sure how many there are but definitely more than one.

Came across a family of Long-tailed tits but they were too difficult to catch on camera but did manage a Whitethroat.

The terrapins in Gillie’s pond are well known, they have been there for a number of years now but yesterday saw three on camera.