I spent a very pleasant 30 minutes last night, as I was on my way out my Doe and twin fawns paid me  a visit. Right in front of the appropriately named Deer View hide they came and fed, here is a few pics:-


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Ashes to Ashes

Unfortunately we have Ash die back amongst our tree population. We have at least 50 dead Ash trees which I am currently removing. Ash die back is an airborne fungal disease that tends to kill the tree from the top down.

Example of one of the victims
Felled victims

Initially I thought we would have to burn the wood but I have been advised that the damage has been done and there would be little benefit by burning the wood. As a result of this advice I have been using the felled trees to line my paths, looks quite smart I think.

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Tree tops to be used to fill gaps in fencing, to keep the dogs out.

Such a shame, but the word is that the UK is likely to lose between 70-80% of its Ash trees and I anticipate we will be looking at that sort of loss!

Collingwood co-operation

I recently offered the reserve classroom to our local Collingwood School and Media  Arts College. In these troubled times it seemed the right thing to do when schools are in need of additional classroom space.

Collingwood is designated to meet the needs of students aged 2-19 yrs. with speech, language and communication difficulties, autism and behaviour and emotional disorders.

I met with the Headteacher Gillian Linkleter, and two of her colleagues, and showed them the classroom and reserve. Gillian was very enthusiastic about the classroom and the reserve itself and thought it would be a perfect fit for the school and its pupils.

We have subsequently signed off a memorandum of understanding with the school which allows for the school to use the classroom and reserve for the next academic year (38 weeks), beginning in September. We agreed to half class sizes, which is 6-8 pupils.

I look forward to working with the school and its pupils and hopefully a mutually beneficial outcome.

Busy on the bog

There’s lots going on at the reserve, here’s a few pics taken over the last month.

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Young Roe buck (born on the reserve last year)

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Formation flying by a couple of Tortoiseshell butterflies.

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The young blackbird is nearly bigger than the adult!

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Tree sparrow fledglings

Goldfinch feeding on thistles

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My first pic of a Grasshopper warbler

Hungry young Tree Sparrow

Heron quickly seen off Woggle Water Pond by the resident Moorhens

Bank vole

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Inquisitive Stoat

Chick flicks

Our Moorhens have been busy and they now have some extra mouths to feed. Of the original seven chicks, five have survived and are doing well. Now we have a second brood of five chicks.

The Moorhen is unusual in that the first brood of chicks help feed and raise the second brood, Here are some pictures that demonstrate this:-

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First brood and second brood together.

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Deer Diary

A few deer pics from the last few days including the mother with a single fawn. The young twins are progressing well.

One of the mothers two bucks from last year turned up today to say hello.

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Son of the mother of he twins

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Son of mother of twins

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Mother of the twins

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Mother with single fawn

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Single fawn

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Mother with single fawn next to Woggle Water

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Single fawn

Stoately awesome

I came across a family of Stoat resident in one of our wood storage piles, unfortunately I only managed to catch a couple of swift pictures/video and only an adult, I didn’t catch a picture of the youngsters but I could here them.


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24 hours on from taking these picture it looks like the family have moved on, I will keep my eyes open to see if I can find where there new home is.

Fooled again

Our Roe Deer doe has fooled me again, just like last year, we thought she only had one fawn when it turns out she has two. Ten days after seeing the first fawn she turns up with two.

It is part of their survival strategy to hide their fawns in different places, she does it well!

The kids are growing, pic taken at the end of June.

Dragons and Damsels

The warm weather has seen the arrival of our first Dragonflies and Damsels. A welcome splash of colour around the ponds.

As usual the Broad Bodied Chaser dragonfly is first to arrive:-


Also there was an appearance by our Blue and Red Damsels adding a welcome splash of colour to the rapidly growing green vegetation:-

Nature reserve construction and development