Spigot Mere & Owl Pellet Discovery

Wednesday, April 17th 2019

Looking back into the reserve you can now see our new wetland scrape begining to fill. This is the start of a new habitat within Foxglove, which will bring new wildlife to our area.

From close up you can see the water slowly rising, by the weekend it should be at the required level. 

Team Wednesday were in early to check the two moth traps that were placed out overnight. The total of moths caught numbered over one hundred and fifty, a great haul of many species.


Several families visited to look at Barn Owl pellets and to learn what they contained. Children and adults alike were surprised to find what was inside. 

Having identified the contents of the pellets, the families then glued the bones onto card so that they could take them away to show friends.

Finally more good news; several Lapwings have now nested on the newly restored wetland area. We all look forward to seeing the chicks in the near future.


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