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Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleus

Blue Tits frequently use the nest boxes around the reserve. They can also be seen feeding from most of the feeders.


Whooper Swan - Cygnus cygnus


Mute Swan - Cygnus olor


House Martin - Delichon urbicum


Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major

Great Spotted Woodpeckers begin to drum to defend their territories in early spring. The sound often accompanies the bird ringers as they raise the mist nets on an early morning start.

These birds enjoy the peanuts in the back garden feeders.


Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

This arrived on the lake for a short time in March 2018.


Yellowhammer - Emberiza citrinella


Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclus

During winter the Reed Buntings spend the nights on the reed stems, just above the water. This is an ideal habitat for them as they are safe from predators.

As you walk through the reed bed you can often hear their call.


Hedgehog - Erinaceus europaeus


Robin - Erithacus rubecula


Merlin - Falco columbarius


Hobby - Falco subbuteo

This was seen hunting for ‘dragons and damsels’ across Plover’s Pool during July 2018


Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus

Kestrels can be seen hovering above the moor.


Pied Flycatcher - Ficedula hypoleuca

A nest box in the woodland provided a home for these birds to raise their young, the first time for many years in 2011. The young were ringed in the nest.


Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs

There are not many days that go past that the back garden is not full of Chaffinches.


Brambling - Fringilla montifringilla

Bramblings are a winter migrant. Each year their numbers vary. They can be seen feeding with the Chaffinches in the back garden.


Coot - Fulica atra


Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago


Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus

As you walk through the reed bed in spring, you may hear the gentle call of the Moorhen as she calls her chicks.


Jay - Garrulus glandarius

These are really noisy birds!


Three-spined Stickleback - Gasterosteus aculeatus


Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegus


Icterine Warbler - Hippolais icterina


Swallow - Hirundo rustica

These summer migrants can be seen feeding over the wetland ponds.

Artificial nests have been put up on the wetland hide to encourage them to nest.


Great Grey Shrike - Lanius excubitor


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