Sunday 25 March 2012

Hoop hoop!

The last few days of warm south-easterly winds have seen an exceptional number of early Spring migrants arriving at the farm, culminating in our fifth Hoopoe in as many years this morning.  This one was found by Dougy Wright ("Senior Assistant" to the Warden!) but it hung around long enough for me to catch up with it.  Thanks to Dougy for the photo below. The supporting cast so far has included Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Ring Ouzel, six Black Redstarts, a Willow Warbler and 10+ Chiffchaffs.  Speckled Woods, Peacocks, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshells are already on the wing.

On Sunday April 8th there will be a guided walk around the reserve from 10.00-13.00.  All are welcome.

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Biffa Ponds

Here's a photo (courtesy of Cornwall Wildlife Trust) of the nine new ponds at the farm. They were created in conjunction with Pond Conservation and also funding by Biffa Waste Services through their Biffawards scheme.  They should provide great habitat for some some of our rare plants, birds and hordes of invertebrates.