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Tag: breeding

Wildwatch: July 2015 Sightings

Highlights More breeding bird evidence, and a bad hair day for a scarce bird by Tang Hall Beck.. Warmer July weather brings out more butterflies and dragonflies, plus two more new hoverflies for the reserve.. “Butterfly bush” now in full bloom, and there’s Bindweed everywhere! Weather July started off hot and sunny, with temperatures reaching […]

Posted 5 August 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, breeding, Bullfinch, Corn Marigold, Gatekeeper butterfly, goldcrest, Goldfinch, Hoverfly, juvenile birds, kingfisher, Knapweed, Large Skipper, Ringlet butterfly, Shieldbugs, six-spot burnet, Soapwort, Song Thrush, water vole, Yellow Rattle

December 2013: Spotlight on… Robin

                  (European) Robin Erithacus rubecula Perhaps the UK’s favourite bird, the Robin is familiar to most people, with its reddish throat and breast, and confiding manner. Its song is perhaps less familiar than its appearance. You can hear the song by clicking here. It might sound a […]

Posted 21 December 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: breeding, robin, song, spotlight, territory

Wildwatch: 17 July 2013 – Plants and butterflies rule!

Weather: Hot, with sunny intervals: 20C to 28 C. Occasional calm and cooling breeze Observers: Amanda, Carrie, Declan, Ian, Linda, Natasha, Sarah, Tracey Well, at the height of the plant flowering season, we were without our plant and flower experts, Janetta and Kaye. But Linda and Carrie stepped nobly up to the line, and with […]

Posted 19 July 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, breeding, Brown Hawker, comma butterfly, Great Mullein, Knapweed, Mugwort, ringlet, small skipper, Tansy, Yarrow

Wildwatch: 29 May 2013 – Flowers, breeding birds – and the 2nd largest in the world!

Weather: Cloudy, breezy Northerly, 11 to 13 C but felt colder Observers: Carrie, Ian, Kaye Ian did his usual pre-Wildwatch perambulation, but drizzle then persuaded him not to carry his camera out on the Wildwatch patrol. Fortunately, Carrie and Kaye were able to take some interesting close-up photos of plants and other small things! We […]

Posted 30 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: breeding, Coal Tit, current gall, long-tailed tit, Mistle Thrush, Whitethroat

Wildwatch: 13 March 2013 – More “firsts” and mysterious footprints!

Weather: Sunny intervals, but mainly overcast later on. Light, cool breeze. 0C – 5C Observers: Cavan, Doug, Eithne, Ian, Janetta, John, Kaye, Kaj, Linda, Steve A record turn-out (10 people) required us to split into two groups. Eithne, Janetta, John and Linda went round with Kaye, whilst the rest went round with Ian. And the […]

Posted 15 March 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: breeding, first Dandelion of 2013, Great spotted woodpecker, long-tailed tit