Sunday, March 6th 2016

Whilst the volunteers were working yesterday they kept their eyes open and were rewarded with some great sightings of our animals.  A Buzzard flew overhead calling.  It is always a surprise that such a large bird makes such a small noise.   Although the Buzzards fly over the reserve frequently and we assume that it is part of their territory we have never been able to find the nest of 'our' Buzzards.

A Stoat, black tip to tail, was seen carrying a rather large Rabbit.  Frogspawn was recorded in the wetland ponds, which is unusual as the Common Frogs usually spawn in the Scrapes first.  And finally a Hare was seen.  Unfortunately the idea that we might find some minibeasts to photograph to help the children ID the species they discover under the logs, failed miserably.  Snail eggs and two Woodlice were the only species recorded.

Reedmace or Bulrush has been standing tall all winter showing off its chocolate brown seed head.  They are now just beginning to disperse their seeds.

Bulrush seed head

The tiny seeds are carried by gentle breezes. 

Bulrush seed heads

 Larch is in flower now.  The buds will burst soon to show the soft green needles.

Larch flowers

Out on the moor, sheltered down the steep  bankside, Primroses are flowering.


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