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Saturday 28th November

The weather has been a bit kinder this week, see the sunrise over the Airfield, at the feeders it has been really busy, the Bullfinches have returned but one of the males has severe growth of fungus on both legs. Lynne, Bob and Bri

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Thursday 19th November

Today has been the first clear day for quite a while, the reserve is under water and the ponds are now starting to fill up. At the feeders the Coal Tits have returned for winter and we managed to take a few shots of them feeding on Geoff’s bench, using the video setting on a […]

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Monday 28th September

It’s a very quiet time at the moment, with all the summer birds returning to warmer climates and winter ones not yet arrived. We have placed a wildlife camera to see the nightlife and caught a Badger determined to climb a tree see shots attached. We found an Owl pellet on Geoff’s seat and as […]

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A Clear Day

Sunday was an exceptionally clear day, with views of the Isle of Man, St Bees Head and Snowdonia in Wales, see attached shots. Ragwort is not appreciated by many but butterflies are one of the few that love it, see photos. We found a few Purple Viper’s Bugloss plants, growing in the same location as […]

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Barn Owl hunting over old tip

We often see a Barn Owl hunting over the tip and around the rough area lower down, and on rare occasions there have been two out together. The attached photographs from yesterday are a little bit more interesting with the controversial wind turbines in the background and another with a swallow flying past. Lynne Bri […]

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12th August 2020

Attached are a few photos taken over the last weeks. This warm spell has brought out a lot of Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers and Common Blue. The Tufted ducklings are growing fast, see photo of two with the female. We had a quick visit to our garden of a Hummingbird Hawk moth, not often seen and […]

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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 […]