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, 12 October 2018
Brandon Marsh NR
It was such a lovely autumnal day on Wednesday that B and I decided to visit Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve. Unfortunately we left later than intended (B made the mistake of ringing an ex-work colleague he hadn't seen for years and was on the phone for 2 hours!) and then, due to roadworks the M6 South was very congested resulting in the journey taking us half an hour longer than usual! So we didn't spend as long on the reserve as planned and it also meant that when we got back from our walk the tearoom was closed so no cake! We did, however, spend a relaxing and peaceful 2 hours wandering round this lovely reserve which is my favourite.
Brandon Marsh is the headquarters of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the reserve covers 228 acres with 10 main pools and over 230 bird species seen. The range of habitats includes open water, reedbeds, wetland, grassland and woodland.
Mosaics in the Sensory Garden
We walked onto the reserve through Hope Wood and then took the path by the pump that leads around Grebe Pool
In New Hare Covert we watched a Nuthatch for about 10 minutes - sorry no pictures - it was too fast for me zipping from tree to tree and up and down tree trunks.
My toadstool id skills are woeful although it looks like one of the bracket fungi but really have no idea which one!
By the path that skirts Swallow Pool with a golf course on the other side where we spotted a Small Copper butterfly.
Swallow Pool with Mute Swans. Whenever I walk past this pool I remember the occasion when I watched a Kingfisher going in and out of its nesting cavity on a sandy bank some years ago.
East Marsh Pool from Wright Hide - into the sun so it was difficult to check bird species
We just had time to visit one more hide so took the path
that leads to the Jon Baldwin hide so we could view East Marsh Pool without the sun being in our eyes.
East Marsh pool where we stayed awhile watching Mallard, Grey Heron, Teal, Shoveler, Cormorants, Lapwings and Coots.
Artificial Sand Martin nesting banks
We saw several flowers while walking round - Dandelion, Herb Robert, Ragwort, Yarrow and
and Red Campion
Bramble flowers and Blackberries (most have now "gone over")
Hips are forming
This year's Alder cones forming
Finally, back at the Visitor Centre
Although we didn't spend as long there as we had hoped we had a lovely walk and there is always plenty of wildlife to see on the Reserve which is usually surprisingly quiet people-wise :)
All photos taken by me with the Pansonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera
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