If You Build It They Will Come

Friday, April 19th 2019

The newly completed wetland scrape, Spigot Mere, has finally filled with water to the maximum level and is quite a sight! To say that the Foxglove team is proud is an understatement. The mere sits perfectly in its place on the edge of the reserve and is already attracting the target species for this habitat. A single Greylag Goose was wading about this afternoon and appeared to be defending his new territory!

A pair of Oystercatchers have now claimed the central island as theirs! Hopefully, they will nest here.

These comical appearing birds are a delight to watch and their call, along with that of Lapwing and Curlew, can now be heard from the field centre.

A possible new species for the reserve was also observed; a female Wheatear which had most likely been lured to the site by the recently disturbed ground. This photograph, taken by Elizabeth, was taken from a long way off and although it is not that sharp it is a great record for the reserve.

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