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Wildwatch: 26 June 2013 – Bugs, birds, butterflies.. where do we start?

Weather: Sunny intervals, light breeze, warm in the sunshine – 15C to 19C Observers: Amanda, Carrie, Declan, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Paul, Rosemary, Tim, Tracy A good turn-out of ten people today, with four new people joining in the group walk. We split into two parties, with Kaye and Janetta taking Amanda, Paul and Tracy on […]

Posted 28 June 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bumblebee, Speckled Wood, water vole, Whitethroat

Wildwatch: 12 June 2013 – Bugs, botany – and a bird “rarity”!

Weather: Overcast, light occasional breeze, 16C – 19C Observers: Cathy, Cliff, Chris, Doug, Guy, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Max, Tracy A good turn-out of ten people today, so we split into two groups. Doug and Guy turned up later. Guy joined Kaye’s group, whilst Doug went out exploring on his own. Kaye was accompanied by Janetta, […]

Posted 13 June 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: cardinal beetle, damselflies, micro moths, water vole

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: 3 April 2013 – Has Spring Been Cancelled?

Weather: Sunny at first, then sunny intervals. 3 to 5 C. Light NE wind. Feeling cool! Observers: Eithne, Ian, Kaye, Jo, John, Roger At last – a sunny day! But still cold, and still little sign of Spring. It’s as if everything has been put on hold, waiting for a few warm days for all the […]

Posted 4 April 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: carrion crow, kingfisher, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, water vole, wren

Wildwatch: 30 January 2013 – Water Vole steals the show!

Weather: Sunny intervals, short blustery showers, fresh to strong N wind, 8C (felt colder in wind) Observers: Doug, Ian, Janetta, Jim, Kaye, Kaj, Steve, Tim A good turn-out of eight people today, with Doug and Jim coming along for the first time. The recently-melted snow had swollen the two becks, with Tang Hall Beck being particularly full. […]

Posted 31 January 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, robin, Siskin, sparrowhawk, water vole

Wildwatch: 5 September 2012: The Return Of The Vole!

Weather: Warm with sunny intervals Observers: Hazel, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Linda What a contrast in the weather from the pouring rain we experienced last week! And the weather change was reflected in the quality of our sightings today. Our bird count was higher than in the past three weeks, butterflies were on the wing […]

Posted 5 September 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, comma butterfly, great tit, red admiral, Tansy, water vole

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: 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: 15 February 2012 – Early signs of Spring

Weather: Mild, sunny intervals, light NW breeze Observers: Carrie, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye, Linda, Phil, Rachel The snow has now all melted, but the pond at the Environment Centre remained frozen. Melt water resulted in high levels in both becks. Although only mid-February, there were some early signs of Spring. With so many observers, we […]

Posted 15 February 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: comma butterfly, kingfisher, lesser redpoll, water vole