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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Friday, March 16th, 2012 | Author:

The leylandii have gone, distant houses are now visible, and a pair of canada geese drop in to survey the scene…

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Friday, March 16th, 2012 | Author:

Just a few days after our AGM talk by Peter Antram , leader of the St Albans RSPB , Mamta from Luton reported a productive visit with her RSPB group …

Blackbird, blue tit, carrion crow, chaffinch, coot, dunnock, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, green woodpecker, jackdaw, jay, kingfisher, lesser redpoll, long tail tit, magpie, mallard, moorhen, ring-neck parakeet, robin, siskin, song thrush, wood pigeon, and wren

 

 

and all before 10.00 am  …. learner birders take note, make an early start!

 

 

 

Thursday, March 01st, 2012 | Author:

Reasonable shot of a goldcrest ….

 

and could this be the rare redpollarder?

Thursday, February 02nd, 2012 | Author:

Please leave a comment on this post with your sightings and be sure to include the following details if at all possible.

  • What  you saw – species (sex, numbers or other details are useful but not essential)
  • When you saw it – i.e. the date
  • Name of observer
  • Where you saw it within the site, e.g. bird was overhead, in the Mere, on alders
Friday, January 20th, 2012 | Author:

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9 ring necked parakeets on site today.

They’re always there and few native species seems to worry them.

Until a sparrowhawk flew over that is, then they went into an extreme panic.

Not quite as dominant as we thought they were then. . . .

some fly-bys:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, January 16th, 2012 | Author:

Could this be the true first sign of spring?

spotted on site early morning January 16th.

… too cold to be enjoying the view though ….

Sunday, January 01st, 2012 | Author:

This is a trial of a new approach to recording sightings on the reserve, so everyone can join in and see what others have to say.

Please leave a comment on this post with your sightings and be sure to include the following details if at all possible.

  • What  you saw – species (sex, numbers or other details are useful but not essential)
  • When you saw it – i.e. the date
  • Name of observer
  • Where you saw it within the site, e.g. bird was overhead, in the Mere, on alders
Thursday, November 17th, 2011 | Author:

Thursday November 17th

 

and the marsh marigold is in flower.

 

Normally the first sign of spring, the continuing mild weather is responsible for the appearance of these yellow flowers in the mere.

and a recent contribution from Derrick Davies …..

‘you can’t blame it on the wasps’

 

these colourful and noisy creatures are becoming regular visitors. Love ’em or loath ’em…?

 

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