Water Voles and Bogbean

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

Whilst enjoying a picnic in the sunshine, volunteers were able to do a bit of wildlife watching.

Volunteer picnic

This afternoon, their patience paid off and they were rewarded with a sighting of this beautiful Water Vole who was busy feeding and swimming in the scrapes.

Water Vole in Scrapes

Water Voler swimming in the scrapes

There was a real summer feel about today and several more flowers have started to bloom including the Bogbean (thankyou to John for the Water Vole and Bogbean photographs).


The Early Purple Orchids are now fully out along the banks of Risedale Beck and Cuckoo Flower (also known as Lady's Smock and Milkmaids) is flowering throughout the reserve.

Cuckoo Pint

The pools on the wetland are attracting more and more birds. Snipe have been heard 'drumming' and Lapwing, Curlew and Tufted Ducks have all made an appearance today too. The pools are teaming with life, as well as these tadpoles, Great Crested Newts were noticed swimming about one of the pond edges.

Tadpoles on the wetland

In the Willow Carr the bird song is amazing with Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcap (amongst many others) all competing together. A Green Woodpecker was heard again today. If you would like to learn more about how to identify birdsong, it isn't too late to book onto our 'Birdsong Breakfast' event on the 14th May (see the events section for more details).

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