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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: 19 June 2013 – a Lazy Plant, a Poisonous Moth – and a Soggy Sparrow!

Weather: Some cloud, some sunshine, a warm 19C – 23C Observers: Cliff, Kaj, Ian, Linda, Tim, Tracey With Kaye tied up with St Nicks admin duties, we were heavily reliant on Cliff for some botany expertise, as well as his excellent spotting and photography of insects. Kaye did manage a trip round the reserve on […]

Posted 20 June 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cinnabar Moth, Common Froghopper, Corncockle, Goat's Beard, Great spotted woodpecker, Harlequin Ladybird, Soldier Beetle, Speckled Wood butterfly

Wildwatch: 22 May 2013 – At last – Return of a Summer Visitor!

Weather: Cloudy at first, sunny intervals later. Light winds. 9 to 12C Observers: Carrie, Cliff, Ian, Kaye, Janetta It felt a little more Spring-like today, with more flowers emerging, and bird song strong and vibrant! We welcomed Cliff to our group today, and being knowledgeable about insects, especially hover flies, his input (and photos) were […]

Posted 24 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Bluebell, Bracket Fungus, Chiffchaff, Germander Speedwell, Hoverfly, Speckled Wood, Whitethroat, 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

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: 17 April 2013 – “And The Birds They Are A-Warbling”

Thanks – and apologies – to Bob Dylan for the headline! Weather: Cloudy, 8 to 10C, calm at first, freshening SW breeze later. Observers: Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj It was a grey, overcast day, but we just missed the heavy shower earlier in the morning. With the initial lack of wind, birdsong was plentiful and, […]

Posted 17 April 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, buff-tailed bumblebee, Chiffchaff, coltsfoot, cow parsley, field maple, frogspawn, lesser celandine, marsh marigold, water vole, willow warbler

Wildwatch: 27th June 2012 – Three seasons in one

Weather: heavy cloud breaking to give bright spells; warm and humid. Observers: Hannah, Ian2, Kaj, Linda, Kaye In theory it’s mid-summer: the trees are a more uniform green, the grass grows tall, wild flowers flourish, resident birds gradually fall silent. On the other hand, a resolute Greenfinch, a couple of Song Thrushes and several Wrens […]

Posted 28 June 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, goatsbeard, goldcrest, Song Thrush, stitchwort

Wildwatch: 2 May 2012 – Blackcaps 4, Kingfishers 0!

Weather: Sunny intervals, light, cool breeze, warmer through morning Observers: Carrie, Ian, Linda, Lindsay, Kaj, Kaye Nice to feel the sun on our faces! Despite the heavy rain and flooding over the past week, the reserve has dried out nicely. Last Friday, Tang Hall Beck was about 50 feet wide and even the culvert was […]

Posted 3 May 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, fledgling, sparrowhawk, wren

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