Happy New Year! It’s January and a new decade starts here. This month I thought we would concentrate on one species of bird which is on the reserve in big numbers at the moment. There are a number of… Read More
IT’S DECEMBER! December is the month of CHRISTMAS and that makes it hard to avoid references to mistletoe, robins, holly and ivy! Let’s learn more about these Christmas symbols which you might spot on a walk around the… Read More
Welcome to November! The clocks have gone back, so dusk comes early in November. The first frosts have arrived and the trees are rapidly losing their leaves….but it’s a good time for wildlife spotting. Winter visitors are streaming… Read More
Welcome to October! We are well into the autumn and this can be a lovely time of year with lots going on. Birds While the summer birds have gone south to find warmer climates, the winter birds are… Read More
September is here! This means that autumn is properly starting. The weather may be sunny and warm at times, but nature is preparing for the hardships to come. Fruits and nuts are ripening, many animals are fattening up… Read More
August….it’s the month of summer holidays and lazing on the beach! But for much of our wildlife it’s almost the beginning of autumn. The breeding season’s over, lots of plants are ripe with fruit and some bird species… Read More
July is the start of high summer. The flowers and insects are at their best and busiest, but many of the birds will have finished nesting. In July and August many birds are winding down and moulting into… Read More
June is the month when the meadows and verges are full of flowers and the breeding season for the birds is in full swing. The emergence of butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies, which has been a bit slow in… Read More
Listen out for cuckoos in May. Cuckoos fly all the way here from Africa and beyond to lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. Did you know it is only the male bird that calls “cuckoo”? A cuckoo… Read More
It was a cold and frosty January morning but things were hotting up on North Pool Island. The swans were kicking up a ruckus. Lots of chasing, wing flapping, trampling, clinches and biting.
BTW look out for the pochard, the duck with a dark chestnut head and black breast, we do not get too many of these here. . . . and the little lapwing which had to get out of the way of these colossal birds. ... See MoreSee Less
By January the hedgerows are a bit thin on berries. However the Sea-buckthorn still has a few left and this blackbird is making the most of them. Such colourful berries and so well co-ordinated with his beak and eye liner!
Sea-buckthorn is a fascinating plant known for its healing properties dating back 12 centuries. Its scientific name is Hippophae which is derived from the Greek for shiny horse. Apparently the Greeks prized their horses and Sea-buckthorn oil must have kept them in tip top condition. ... See MoreSee Less