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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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Saturday, November 02nd, 2013 | Author:

The sunshine today was enough to tempt out plenty of wolf spiders plus
this smart young Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis)

Pisaura mirabilis from the reserve

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 | Author:

the kingfishers are no rumour.

Seen perching on the boardwalk handrail, Tuesday morning…. and yes, there are two. No copying or pasting here …..

Monday, July 16th, 2012 | Author:

One man went to mow ……

 

A rare dry day saw the volunteers out in force for the first cut of the meadow area ……

 

Sunday, April 15th, 2012 | Author:

 

A view of the River Ver now the hedge has been laid.

Make the most of it! Recent showers have had  no effect on the continuing fall in water level.

On the subject of our local chalk stream, a new book has been announced ……

The River Ver –  A Meander through Time

 by Jacqui Banfield-Taylor

 

 

This first major and comprehensive work on the River Ver
reveals a fascinating story from source to confluence and prehistory to the
twenty-first century of a chalk stream that has shaped not only the local
landscape but the lives of people past and present.

With a forward by the renowned television presenter and
wildlife photographer Chris Packham of Spring/Autumn Watch fame, the book tells
of the Ver’s long, interesting and chequered history, including archaeology and
geology, milling and watercress growing, problems with abstraction along with
rainfall and aquifer records, abstraction and flow charts and comprehensive
records and details of a selection of local flora and fauna.

There are wonderful personal memories and experiences
sprinkled throughout the book of people who have lived, worked and played on or
near the river, helping to bring the past to us here in the present, all
complemented with over 300 illustrations, many never seen before in public and
some going back more than 250 years.

The River Ver, A Meander through Time, makes it clear how
valuable and important our chalk streams are and how vital it is to raise their
profile and that of the rich diversity of wildlife they support. This
beautifully written and illustrated book hopes to encourage readers to take an
interest in exploring and caring for this superlative resource and its
surroundings and help to give the River Ver its rightful importance now and for
future generations.

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Thursday, March 01st, 2012 | Author:

Reasonable shot of a goldcrest ….

 

and could this be the rare redpollarder?

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 | Author:

This is the longest centipede I have ever seen! On an elder stump …. must have been 50 – 75mm long when stretched out .. and unusual sight  as they’re generally nocturnal

 

I think I’ll adopt it as my

Signature photo!

 

and at last a shot of the heron in flight, but almost missed it…

Friday, October 14th, 2011 | Author:

DON’T FORGET  

 – 10 days left to vote for the WWA

on the natwest community awards scheme……

http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/1865

 

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 | Author:

Monday morning: new family makes the overland trip to see the willow sculpture

Sunday, May 08th, 2011 | Author:

..."When no other colour can be seen but green, mile after mile of green... " Richard Church (1893-1972) - The Inheritors (1957).