A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Friday, 6 April 2018
An Afternoon Walk on my Favourite Nature Reserve
It was such a lovely Spring day yesterday - warm and sunny - that B and I decided to make a long overdue trip to Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve. A view of a Brimstone butterfly (my first of the year) as we turned into the drive to the reserve was a good start to the visit.
Brandon Marsh is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and has been the headquarters of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust since 1992. It has a good variety of habitats - pools, marsh, reedbed, grassland and woodland.
This is the garden at the rear of the Visitor Centre
We decided to take the path that skirts round the back of Grebe Pool as it is usually quieter than the main paths.
There weren't many birds around this area but we did see another 3 Brimstones and a Peacock butterfly (another first for the year).
Then onto into New Hare Covert where Dog's Mercury is beginning to flower.
We watched a pair of Nuthatches for some minutes who were prospecting a hole in a tree for a possible nest site. Hopefully, we will be going to the reserve more often so next time I will check to see if they are using it.
Dandelions - so good for pollinators- are starting to flower.
There were Greylag and Canada Geese on the golf club which at this point borders the reserve.
Swallow Pool - here we saw Coots, Mute Swans and a Gadwall.
Part of Newlands Reedbed.
East Marsh Pool where we popped into Wright Hide for a while but
we were looking into the sun so not the best of conditions for looking for birds. We did, however, see Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Lapwing, Black-headed Gulls and a lone Oystercatcher.
Ryton-on-Dunsmore is in the far distance (the camera was on full zoom) - one day I really must visit the church there.
A rubbish photo but it was good to see a Cowslip in flower.
After leaving the hide we walked past Grebe Pool and arrived at
Goose Pool where there were several Canada Geese plus a tame Robin which decided to disappear the minute I decided to take a photo!
Normally at this stage of our visit we take a path that leads to several hides overlooking East Marsh and Teal pools and the Newlands Reedbed but I had seen reports that part of the reserve were flooded so instead at this stage we took a path at the side of Goose Pool and then walked through Horsetail Glade where we watched a Treecreeper carrying nesting material.
A Song Thrush foraged amongst leaf litter just yards from us.
Finally, back to the Visitor Centre - next time I will get some photos of the Geology Wall mentioned in this Information Board.
Sir David Attenborough opened the new Visitor Centre some years ago - such a charming man who was so kind to D and E when they queued for his autograph.
Even the tiles in the loo have a wildlife theme! :)
A quick visit to the tearoom before we left for tea and cake.
List of Birds seen including several new species for the 2018 year list
I was hoping to see some newly arrived Chiffchaffs and Sand Martins but it was not to be. Perhaps next time..............
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