Summer Snow

Calling all budding photographers! We are running our annual wildlife photography competition which is FREE to enter! Just visit our website for more information about uploading your photos to Flickr. Winners will appear in next years calendar and will receive a £150 voucher to spend at Castle Cameras.

Earlier this week I spotted the kingfisher out on the pond behind the centre again. Last week I watched him catch a newt and shake it to death. This week he flew off empty beaked but I did attempt a photograph from our office ‘bird hide’. Sadly I don’t think I’m quite up to the photography competition standard yet!

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

I apologize for the lack of wildlife news as I have spent the last 3 days accompanied by a group of children from the 115 holiday club making dens and lighting fires. We have had a brilliant time every day despite the mix of weather; we had beautiful warm sunshine on Tuesday, cold winds on Wednesday and snow today!

Den building

Den building

Cooking Damper Bread

Cooking Damper Bread

We had some budding engineers who also constructed a see-saw and bridge over the clay pits.

Bridge and See-Saw

Bridge and See-Saw

We finished each day at the woodland hide which is still busy as ever with birds coming in to feed including brambling, redpoll and siskin.

Bird news straight from the hides includes red kites flying over Ibsley on Tuesday and sightings of a handful of swallows over Ivy and Ibsley – a sign that summer is here (?!). Shoveler, teal, wigeon, goosander, goldeneye, tufted duck, pochard, gadwall and black necked grebes are all still about on the water and a chiffchaff has been calling along the path between woodland and Ivy south hide; so still quite a mixture of winter and summer visitors across the reserve!

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