Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 | Author:


Here is a Grey wagtail picking through the mud on the edge of the spit when the water level was very low ten days ago (it’s since shot back up). It’s the first time I’ve seen one on the reserve. Not to be confused with the Yellow wagtail, which is much yellower than this!



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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:


 – 10 days left to vote for the WWA

on the natwest community awards scheme……


Sunday, October 09th, 2011 | Author:

Meg has spotted the kingfisher! It may be fuzzy, but unmistakeable resting on a suitable perch over the mere ……


and our old friends the parakeet and heron, keeping an eye on things….


and don’t forget … vote for us at

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Tuesday, October 04th, 2011 | Author:

Common English Alder – alnus glutinosa

male (the long thin ones) and female catkins on the recently planted trees….


and whirligig beetles (gyrinidae) in the boggy area:



….. alarm these little chaps and they swim around rapidly in circles, click  whirligig below for live action!



Sunday, October 02nd, 2011 | Author:

It’s a typically pleasant view, spot the heron….

In the willow top right:

 and lurking in the backwater……


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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).

Monday, March 28th, 2011 | Author:

Helped by the glorious weather, it was a busy day on site yesterday. A hardworking bunch of volunteers did some fantastic work hedge laying in the pygtle.

By the end of the day the hedge was almost unrecognisable from when they started work. Fantastic looking and also great for the wildlife, providing a more dense place for birds in particular to nest.


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Sunday, March 06th, 2011 | Author:

mallard starting to get in the mood for spring  …… the daffodil have appeared …..


a heron makes a fly-past ….


and the mallard takes a dive….

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