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Wildwatch: March 2014 sightings

Weather: A warmer patch mid-month was sandwiched between a cooler start and end to the month. Fortunately, we managed to stay dry on all four of the Wildwatch walks! A fairly dry month, so the water level in both becks started to drop, exposing muddy banks. Observers: Once again, numbers on the walks were in […]

Posted 31 March 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Box Elder, Brimstone butterfly, Chiffchaff, common frog, cowslip, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, kingfisher, Lungwort, peacock butterfly, small tortoiseshell, Song Thrush, Willow Catkins, wren

Wildwatch: 8th May 2013 – Oak before Ash??

Weather: overcast with showers, cool at first, light breeze. Observers: Linda, Kaye What a contrast with the weekend’s mini heatwave! But the showers were a welcome refreshment for yet more leaves and flowers, and the birds seemed to like it – at any rate they were much more in evidence than last week. The new […]

Posted 8 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, cowslip, Cuckoo Flower, green alkanet, Song Thrush

May 2013: Spotlight on Cowslip

  Cowslip Primula veris Cowslips are easy to see and almost impossible to confuse with anything else. Stems of scented yellow flowers rise from rosettes of simple, elongated leaves. Each petal has a deep orange spot at the base, which occasionally produces a variant form with yellow markings on orange petals. The flowers provide a […]

Posted 7 May 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: cowslip

Wildwatch: 1st May 2013 – Mayday! Mayday!

Weather: sunny, warm in the sun, breezy Observers: Doug, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye For weeks we’ve been predicting a sudden surge. At last it’s happening! It’s brilliant but induces a sense of panic in our record-keepers – far too much to do in one short session even when we can remember perfectly what we learnt last […]

Posted 2 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, caddis, Chiffchaff, Comma, cowslip, fritillary, orange tip, tadpole

Wildwatch: 24th April 2013 – Sorting Little Brown Jobs

Weather: Warm, sunny, breezy Observers: Linda, Roger The first really warm Wednesday of the year brought out more birds than watchers. Linda and Roger rose to the challenge magnificently. Linda’s report gives the flavour of the morning: “We sat for a while on a fallen log and just watched everything around us.. went to the […]

Posted 25 April 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Brimstone, Chiffchaff, coltsfoot, Comma, cowslip

Wildwatch: 25th April 2012 – It might have been a Blackcap

Weather: Overcast, turning to rain. Strengthening wind. Chilly. Observers: Janetta, Lindsay, Philip, Vicky, Kaye The forecast rain luckily held off until the end of the morning. Tang Hall Beck, which was almost at flood level on Saturday, had dropped considerably but was still higher than usual and running fast between very muddy banks. The paths […]

Posted 27 April 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Bullfinch, Bumblebee, Chiffchaff, Comfrey, cowslip, Hawthorn, Shield Bug

Wildwatch: 11th April 2012 – Beetle Drive

Weather: Changeable. Warm in full sun; chilly under cloud. Occasional light showers. Observers: Aingeal, Carrie, Janetta, Linda, Lindsay, Richard, Kaye Cooler weather over the last week hasn’t deterred trees and herbaceous plants, and the reserve continues to grow greener every day. The Environment Centre garden and pond are well worth a visit. Intermittent rain has […]

Posted 12 April 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, cowslip, Ladybird, water vole, wood mouse

Wildwatch: 21st March 2012 – Dead Chiffed!

Weather:  overcast, cool. Observers: Kaj, Lindsay, Kaye Birds: With Ian away running a workshop at Blacktoft Sands, we were of course anxious to see something exciting.  There have been quite a few reports of Chiffchaffs arriving in the area, and this was Kaye’s target in a short foray at 9.15.  She was delighted to hear […]

Posted 21 March 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, Chiffchaff, cowslip, redpoll