New Bridge

We have finally built a replacement bridge over the ditch between the feeders, see photos. The old one was found after a tip off by another dog walker, it had been cut down and was being used as a form of step ladder in one of the air raid shelters, we also found all our other equipment taken from our shelter. These same people also cut through the camera cable to one of the owl boxes, hopefully they have gone now and do not return.

Natural England employed a contractor at the beginning of the month to remove the Japanese Rose from the side of the long pond, see photos, making access along the west side much easier.

Bob and Bri

Is the first snow of the season

No, just the aftermath of storm Ophelia. Rough weather often produces foam but today it was an overdose of soap suds, and the strong wind picking it off the tide edge and depositing it over the field, see photos.

Bob and Bri

Lots of Goldfinch

The goldfinch are now in flocks looking for the best seed, one flock of about 50 is in the area just before the tip and the other approx 200 is in the first field. One photo of a couple feeding on Ragwort is attached.

A few Tufted have arrived back on the long pond, see shot of a male in the eclipse stage.

Also arrived back are the Herons, which are often seen on the fishing and long ponds.

Bob and Bri

Spot the real one

A Wheatear perched first on a post then on one of the camouflage birds on the new gate, see photo.

We have just finished checking and cleaning the bird boxes, not one of the best years, but six nested and flew and left a total of 6 eggs between them, three were abandoned and one, a Great Tit, left 5 eggs, probably due to a Magpie’s nest 3 foot above and the last box had a large hole ripped into the bottom and side.

Bob and Bri

Late nesting

See the attached photo of two fairly young swallows, the parents are working hard to build them up and i think the first brood are also helping, but time is running out, as soon as they are able to fly, the family will be on the move south.

The butterflies are making one last appearance, spotted today were,

Painted Lady,

Common Blue,

Small copper,

Gatekeeper,

Red Admiral

Bri

Heather

Now is the time to see the heather in full bloom, it has been a really good year and on a calm day the scent is very aromatic.

Today a young Robin arrived to sit on the carved owl and on the way back here was a well worn Wall butterfly.

Bob and Bri

Tree felling

As reported earlier in the year, a company was employed to remove trees from the reserve and also from the area just before the tip, we were informed by the contractor, it was to encourage restoration of the heather and improve the habitat.

We have just took a few photos of the area and two specific locations have been attached, showing the comparison between March, after felling and August, the regrowth is phenomenal.

The question must be asked, what is it all about, why spend all this money felling the trees, for them to regrow stronger and larger than ever.

Bob and Bri

Comparison – after cutting March 2017 and new growth August 2017 (2).docx

Comparison – after cutting March 2017 and new growth August 2017.docx