19th June 2018

Bob Johnson
 

Butterfly transect walk and check at the pond after the Work Party had finished.
Whillet’s:- 1 Ringlet (first of the season – picture), 12 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue, 3 Large Skipper, plus 1 day flying moth –  Yellow Shell (picture). 2 Blue-tailed Damselflies, many Azure Damselflies, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Banded Demoiselle. Blackbirds & Song Thrushes were singing also 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel over.
The meadow pond (pture) was surveyed recently and found to be very healthy with a good mix of species. A short dipping session earlier in the day by one of our volunteers included a Water Stick Insect. Also seen was a large Dragonfly larva with many other larvae and water beetles.

Self Heal 19-06-18

Yellow Shell Moth 19-06-18

Ringlet Butterfly 19-06-18

Meadow pond 19-06-18

19th June 2018

Alastair Gray
 

West End:- 10 adult Common Terns with 14 chicks, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 7 Lapwings, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Swifts, 1 Swallow, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Coots, 1 Moorhen, 53 Greylag Geese, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Mute Swan, 1 male Black-Tailed Skimmer.

17th June 2018

Jenny Barnes
 

West End:- Probable Curlew flying over.

17th June 2018

Bob Johnson
 

WeBS Counts
Dam End:-  2 Little Grebe on lagoon, 6 Mandarin, 7 Canada Geese with 4 well-grown young, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull & Black-headed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 4 House Martin, 10 Swift, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Blackcap & Chiffchaff plus another Blackcap & 3 Chiffchaff along part of South Bank.
West End:- All 5 pairs of Common Terns nesting on rafts now have at least one hatched young each with 10 chicks in total, 47 Great Crested Grebe with at least 6 nests, 30 Cormorant, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 34 Greylag, 1 Mandarin, 2 Buzzard, 1 Coot, Stock Dove heard, 1 Pied Wagtail at rafts, Reed Warbler.
Whillet’s:- At least another 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting.
The photos show the area on the South Bank for the intended new reed bed.

South Bank Reed Bed Area 17-06-18

South Bank Clearing 17-06-18

Amphibious Bistort 17-06-18

16th June 2018

Mark Roberts
 
West End:- 7 Common Tern, 2 Goldfinch, Grey Heron, Woodpigeon, 2 Chiffchaff, 5+ Cormorant, 19 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Greylag Goose, Mute Swan.

15th June 2018

Phil Holland
 
West End:- The Common Tern nest on each of the old rafts has hatched at least one chick. But they are hiding under their buckets. The three Common Tern nests on the new raft are still being incubated. One Lapwing on Pintail Point where there appear to be two Great Crested Grebe nests.

13th June 2018

Alastair Gray
 

North Bank:- 10 Buzzards, 1 Red Kite, 1 Hobby, Kestrel (male and female), 2 Ravens, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Goldfinch.
Whillets:- 1 Bullfinch, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Blackcap, 2 White-legged Damselfly, 1 Blue-tail Damselfly, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Beautiful Demoiselle, 1 Banded Demoiselle.

12th June 2018

Alastair Gray
 

Dam End:- female Kestrel, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 4 Swifts, 8 House Martins.

10th June 2018

Alastair Gray
 

Whillet’s:- 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Painted Lady, 5 White-legged Damselfly.

10th June 2018

Editor
 

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Open Day 8th July 2018