Wetlands and Ringing

Monday, March 18th 2019

It's been a mild spring like day, and it was spent catching up with odd jobs around the reserve, including maintaining the pipes on the Wetland, and updating the Recent Ringing Recoveries page on our website. 

Up to six Lapwing could be seen on the newly restored Wetland at any one time, we have our fingers crossed that they will breed here. Frogspawn could be seen everywhere, and looks close to hatching.

More signs of spring and flowers emerging, the bees have started bringing 'pollen pellets' in that cling onto their hind legs on the way back to the hive. 

A brief ringing session at lunch time was all about the tits, we had Long Tailed Tits, Blue Tits, this handsome male Great Tit…

...and this curious Marsh Tit. 

If you would like to learn anything about the natural world, from birds to insects and amphibians, why not come along to our Natural History Book Sale this coming Wednesday (20th March)? We will have a wide range of books, as well as tea, coffee and cake. All proceeds will go towards the construction of the new scrape, Spigot Mere, on the far moorland, which will become a haven for wildlife.


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