RSPB Newcastle Group Visit

Saturday, May 12th 2018

Today we have had twenty-seven members of the RSPB's Newcastle group visiting the Reserve for five hours.  Having stopped at Scotch Corner on the way down, they were raring to go when they got here.  After a welcome to the Reserve to describe the habitats here, they set off in various directions to explore Foxglove.

Bumping in to some of the group in the Wetland Hide, we were able to see how many species they had been able to find.  The Wetland was very quiet, but they were able to see much more in the woodlands around the Lake as well as watch the Little Grebe, Mallard and Tufted Duck on the Lake.  

The gentleman here had been able to get a good picture of one of the Roe Bucks that are in the area around the Cascading Ponds.  Had he been up by the entrance gate he would have seen a pair of Roe Bucks deciding which one was the more dominant.  This is unusual as they tend to be more secretive during the summer, so finding them on the access road was a bit of a surprise.   

On their return to the Field Centre, we had many compliments about both the facilities within the building and about how well laid out the Reserve is.

Some also spent time looking for plants and insects and were able to see the increasing number of Early Purple Orchids on the bank above Risedale Beck and watch both male and female Orange Tip butterflies moving between the stands ofd Lady's Smock.  The group had a wonderful day and left with promises that many would return again in the not too distant future.

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