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Monday, May 22nd, 2017 | Author:

Sunday 28th May is our regular monthly working party at the WWA Reserve and if you can join us there is plenty to do.

The main jobs are the meadow area in the allotment (scything), the shady area, in particular cutting away some of the dogwood and digging out the smaller ones and removing brambles/nettles/hogweed.  Also, we will be removing some small plum trees in the area beside the allotment where they have self-seeded.  We are offering them for volunteers to take away if they want them for a garden or allotment (first come first served and please bring along a plastic bag).  There is bound to be cutting back pathways for anyone wanting something a bit less strenuous; foliage is growing at a frantic rate at the moment.
10-00 start, we provide gloves and tools and break around noon for a drink, cake and chat with other volunteers.  Please come along and if it is your first time find someone wearing a green top with heron logo and introduce yourself so that we can welcome you to our work party.
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Saturday, October 01st, 2016 | Author:

It has been mentioned that this page is a bit out of sync with the seasons, and so here’s a view shot in September, but this was September 1992 – our formal open day. Star guest David Bellamy has his back to the camera though …..

 

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but just to show that things have been happening, our resident pair of woodpecker busy earlier this year …

 

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Monday, April 11th, 2016 | Author:

Springtime is coming!

With an obvious eye for a view, Soonu Dilke sent us this photo of the Mere (with the willow basket sculpture on the opposite bank) taken on a sunny afternoon in March…

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Many thanks Soonu, we look forward to more of your photos in the future.

Thursday, November 26th, 2015 | Author:

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

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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

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a tufted duck …….tufted duck2

the ubiquitous mallard showing his colours ……. mallard3

 

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

Spring is almost sprung!

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 ….

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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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