Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 | Author:

Thanks to active member Phil, we now have a Flickr group which is already populated with loads of fantastic pictures of the insect and bird life that he has catalogued on his visits to the site. It’s setup as an open group so you can contribute your own pictures and videos to share with everybody. Please do! You’ll find a permanent link in the sidebar to the right.

Thursday, November 26th, 2015 | Author:

a misty, moisty morning view, recently provided by one of our members



the best time to appreciate the aesthetics of our shed?
Wednesday, June 03rd, 2015 | Author:

Herony2015 It’s that time of year.



A heron on sentry duty in the willow tree, looking for a snack in or on the water below. Duckling and fish as likely targets.

….and a fox lurking in the undergrowth, probably heading for nearby back gardens



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Friday, February 06th, 2015 | Author:

The flooding of a year ago is practically forgotten.

A clear, cold and still morning on site to do a bit of general tidying and a few sightings in the process, all seen on the mere within 15 minutes or so;

………… a kingfisher enjoying the sunshine


a tufted duck …….tufted duck2

the ubiquitous mallard showing his colours ……. mallard3


……………………..  and is that a little grebe? …. little grebe

Spring is almost sprung!

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 | Author:

wwa willowbw

Big garden birdwatch!

Little egret and water rail seen behind the ageing willow.

Don’t believe me?

Here’s the water rail at least ….

wwa rail

An elusive creature, more easily spotted in winter.

This is the first time I’ve managed to get a shot of one.


(and not with a telephone!)

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Saturday, July 12th, 2014 | Author:

The site has just about recovered from the deluge.

Here are a couple of close encounters during recent site clearance activity:


the larva of a cinnabar moth feeding on ragwort





butterfly ringlet

        ringlet butterfly during a brief rest in flight





butterfly skipper     a skipper basking in the sun







And this was all under water a few months ago!

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Friday, February 28th, 2014 | Author:

a valiant attempt to divert the river !

Ver blockage 2014













which is now running into the drainage channel and flowing backwards to the site

Ver divert 2014

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 | Author:

7th February, the Ver overflows …


wwa tidal path 2014 and a previously waterlogged path disappears

wwa mallard highground mallard head for the high ground

and on the 9th Feb the water level rises to an unprecedented level ….

wwa hightide 2014










when will it end?!


Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 | Author:

This female ‘leaflitter crab spider’ – Ozyptila praticola – was found at the reserve yesterday on an ivy-covered tree trunk beside the bog.  These spiders are very well camouflaged amongst earth or on tree bark and they move very slowly, playing a sit-and-wait game to capture their prey rather than making a web or actively hunting.  They will also rely on their camouflage or play dead (thanatosis) rather than run away if disturbed.  Ozyptila praticola are fairly common in southern England.


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Sunday, November 10th, 2013 | Author:

Plenty of insects enjoying the sunshine at the reserve this afternoon, including a few Marmalade hoverflies (Episyrphus balteatus) and this lovely Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral


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