I discovered a badgers digging efforts on the reserve, a half excavated bumble bee nest. I assumed that they would be back to finish off what had been started so I put a trail camera on the site and the following clips show who appeared:-
It’s a busy time on the reserve with many youngsters arriving. I thought I would share a few pictures of what we have currently on site, although it’s not a comprehensive parade it does give you a flavour.
There was a touch of excitement at Dunces Corner Pond today where I witnessed something I had not seen before.
There was a squeal down by the pond, as I went down to see what was going onI I heard plop and saw this:-
But what caused this little bunny to jump in the pond?
The answer crept out the undergrowth:-
Unfortunately poor little bunny looked like they had jumped out of the frying pan into the fire as our Swans took exception to our little bunny in there pond. They surrounded the poor thing and started having a go at it, they may have thought it was a rat!
The swans finally decided the bunny was not a threat and let it swim away. It eventually made its way to the edge of the pond.
I had to go and pick it out the pond as it was exhausted, I also chased the rat away that appeared to have been watching and following the bunny along the pond edge. The bunny was cold and bedraggled with an injury to its side, so I put it up on the sandbank to dry out and warm up.
It seems to have lived to fight another day, hurrah!
We hosted two classes from Abbeyfields School on Monday, so that was 60+ year 3 students, plus teachers and parents.
I did a talk on plant structure, pollination and seed dispersal followed by a whirlwind tour of the reserve. It was certainly ‘fast and furious’ but we didn’t lose any and I didn’t spot any falling asleep during my talk, so result!
Many thanks for the kids donations to the reserve, it will help feed my hungry swans and cygnets.