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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: 14 November 2012 – “Normal” isn’t “Boring”!

Weather: Overcast. Calm at first, increasing breeze later. Coolish! Observers: Hannah, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda We had a very leisurely stroll round the reserve, spending quite a bit of time looking closely at very small things – such as galls! We strolled along the Bund Path and followed our normal route from there along the […]

Posted 15 November 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: goldcrest, Siskin

Wildwatch: 24 October 2012 – Two “firsts” and a little gold!

Weather: Overcast, dry, calm Observers: Hannah, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Linda, Nicole, Tom A big contrast to last week’s Wildwatch – more observers, gloomier weather! Is there a correlation here? Although the light was poor, the autumn colours seemed to glow through the dismal light! It was time to do our monthly “Winter Thrush Survey” […]

Posted 25 October 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: eyed ladybird, fieldfare, goldcrest

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: 7 March 2012 – Tang Hall Beck Revealed!

Weather: Overcast at first, then sunny intervals. Cool breeze at times. Observers: Barbara, Ian, Kaye, Kaj Spring is unstoppable! Despite a wet weekend and overcast skies, there are more flowers and blossoms emerging on the reserve. Both becks had subsided after the rain and, although flowing well, there was little water over the small flood […]

Posted 7 March 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: goldcrest, kingfisher, magpie, redwing, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk

Wildwatch: 22 February 2012 – Where are our young Bullfinches?

Weather: Overcast, some drizzle, cool breeze. Observers: Carrie, Ginny, Ian, Kaye, Kaj, Linda A rather damp start to our walk, but not as wet as we thought it might be! Water levels in both becks had dropped over the past week, but there was still a good flow of water through both of them. There […]

Posted 22 February 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, catkins, common frog, common newt, goldcrest, robin, snowdrops, water vole

Wildwatch: 18 February 2012 – “Taster” morning

This morning we held a “taster” morning, aimed at showing people what our Wildwatch Group gets up to every Wednesday morning. Nine people attended the event, including members of the Wildwatch Group. We split up into two teams, with Kaye leading the “Trees and Plants” spotting group and Ian leading the “Bird and Mammal” spotting […]

Posted 18 February 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: goldcrest, sparrowhawk, water vole

Wildwatch: 21 December – A “little cutie” and a “little early”

Weather: Overcast, dull, mild (6C) and calm Observers: Kaye, Linda, Phil, Ian It might have been dull and overcast, but some colour was brought into the scenery by the many Bullfinches we saw and, yes, on this, the shortest day in the year, some flowers as well! It stopped raining shortly before we set off, but […]

Posted 21 December 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: brown rat, early flowers, goldcrest, kingfisher, lesser celandine, rat