Another conservation party today, as it’s the first Sunday of the month, and we set about ‘beefing-up’ the protection from deer browsing, of some coppiced/pollarded willows in a patch close to the Education Centre. Although there aren’t huge numbers of deer on the reserve, the steady attention of these few to browsing off re-growth can eventually kill the trees. Whilst it’s impossible to completely fence off these trees we can dissuade the deer by surrounding the trees with brash, so that its difficult and unpleasant to stick noses through to get at the tender leaves. The end result isn’t exactly pretty – a little like a piece of installation art – but with the added benefit of being useful.
Afterwards we went to examine the contents of the light trap. Whilst there wasn’t a huge number of moths – only eight individuals – among them were these rather splendid Great Prominent, Pebble Prominent and Chocolate-tip
Whilst most of us were looking at moths one of the conservation volunteers went fora short walk towards the Ivy South Hide and was rewarded with the sight of a Grass Snake swimming across the settlement pond. Luckily he was ready with his camera and managed to get a couple of pictures – here’s one ……
With the recent spell of warm weather it wasn’t too surprising to see a few butterflies including Peacock, Green-veined White and Orange-tip showing well. Jim noted in an earlier posting of the emergence of Large Red Damselflies and a dragonfly, possibly a Hairy Dragonfly was seen briefly.
Some summer plumaged dunlin have been much in evidence around Ibsley Water and one of the three or so little ringed plover was giving good views as well.
Most of our expected summer visitors are now with us, and it’s difficult to escape the sound of warblers all around. with plenty of siskin and lesser redpoll making good use of the niger seed feeders as well.