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Tufted success

Yesterday two families of Tufted duck were seen, one on the long pond with 8 ducklings and the other on the north small pond, with 10 young, they are a lot more interesting to watch than the mallards, diving and bobbing up like corks on their first day. We had a pair of Pheasants at […]

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Saturday 27th June

I will have to retract some of my statement on the 1st June, the first field is now looking excellent especially the south west area, where a Dark Green fritillary was spotted along with various other varieties including quite a few Large Skippers. We have also had a small visitor at the feeders, a field […]

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Wednesday 17th June

Since the last blog we have found many more Bee Orchids, and other people have also found some in different areas, it appears to be a very good year for Bee Orchids. We came across an Oystercatcher on the path alongside the long pond, after two or three attempts at poking it’s long beak in […]

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Bee Orchid time

It’s that time of year and the Bee Orchids are in bloom, but with this wind and rain they won’t last long. Attached are two Google maps identifying two areas, one on top of the old Vickers tip where there are a few tall examples, easy to find and the other is also easy to […]

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North Walney Reserve Advert

In this weeks national Saturday Mail was a double page spread regarding escape getaways and No 5 was North Walney Nature Reserve in full bloom. Is there another reserve with the same name because i don’t recognize the description in the paper. Having cattle grazing all year, certainly removes all the rank grass etc but […]

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Last few Days

At the end of April we had a few Holly Blue butterflies passing through the garden, not seen any for a few days but there will be another hatch later in the year. On most days, at the end of the long pond, on one of the fence posts sits a Woodpigeon, it’s probably has […]

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New Life

With all the daily update of bad news, it’s refreshing to see life elswhere still goes on as normal, New lambs, new calf, and a new Mallard family. Lynne and Bri

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Action on the long pond

Lynne and myself now do an early morning walk as far as the reserve and this morning the long pond was very popular, with at least three pairs of Canadas, one pair already nesting, three Herons, one lonely Swan, a pair of Oystercatchers plus a female Tufted on one island, and close by in the […]

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Early Natterjack Spawning

Attached are a few photos Bob took on his exercise walk last Wednesday, it shows two Toads laying a string, normally they would have finished and disappeared before daylight and for Walney, it’s very early in the season, last year was also early but the laying was followed by a very dry spell and none […]

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Woodpigeon building nest

Now spending more time in the garden and a few days ago noticed a couple of Woodpigeon in one of the bushes and today they started building a nest. A few years ago woodpigeon would never visit a garden but today they can be seen everywhere. Have attached a few photos. Bri