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
Sunday, 13 May 2018
Ladywalk Nature Reserve
Last Thursday afternoon B and I spent a couple of hours walking around Ladywalk Reserve which is only about 20 minutes from home by car and our closest nature reserve.
Ladywalk NR is part of the the Tame Valley Wetlands and is a West Midlands Bird Club Reserve set in a loop formed by the River Tame. It has a variety of habitats - lagoons (the result of flooded gravel extraction workings), Reedbeds, Wetlands and Birch and Alder Woodlands.
It is a members only reserve so is usually very quiet. We only saw 2 people the whole time we were there.
Leaving the car park you walk along a public footpath alongside the
White Dead-nettle and
Hawthorn are starting to flower.
This is the path my son and I follow in late Summer when we go looking for blackberries.
If you continue along the footpath it does eventually arrive at Lea Marston church - a place I have written several posts about in the past.
These days there is a secure gate and a combination padlock you have to open to get onto the reserve.
Garlic Mustard along the bank of the stream.
Since we last visited a new hide has been erected overlooking the lagoons and feeding stations.
While we were in the hide a muntjac deer ran across the open area just behind the pool - no photo I am afraid I wasn't quick enough!
Cormorants on one of the islands
We saw a variety of birds on and around the feeders - Pheasant, Blue and Great Tits, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Dunnock and Robins.
Saplings have been planted around the hide.
I was wearing my old and trusted green wellies which was just as well because
although it was nowhere near as wet and muddy as Ryton Woods, there was mud in places.
Lady's Smock/Cuckoo Flower
Beehives in a clearing
"B" Hide is also new
Sorry not the best of pictures - they were too far away but on the right is a Great Crested Grebe on the nest and on the left a coot.
Distant view of an Orange Tip (female)
Ground Ivy and
Red Campion flowering.
Green-veined White (my first this year)
Large and Small Whites
Two unidentified damselflies were seen by the stream
Great Crested Grebe
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