Blashford Blooms

Today was a very soggy but exciting day as I accompanied a group of families from the local Children’s Centres down to the Docken’s Water for some river dipping and paper boat racing. We finished up building a dam right across the river, which we demolished on completion. unfortunately I didn’t get any photos however I did take the opportunity to go for a walk in the sunshine yesterday and captured some of the flowers that are now blooming across the reserve. 

Bluebells

Bluebells

The small carpets of bluebells along the Docken’s Water were glowing in the sunshine. Another blue glow is created by smaller patches of daintier speedwell flowers along the path edges.

Speedwell

Speedwell

One of my favourites is the welcoming sign of tiny fried egg flowers close to the ground; the wild strawberries that creep further along the paths each year.

Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries

On Monday afternoon a visitor delivered the sad news of a dead fox cub they’d found along the Docken’s Water path to Goosander Hide. There were no obvious signs of its cause of death.

Fox Cub

Fox Cub

Another visitor also captured this dramatic event as they walked back from Lapwing hide on Saturday 18th May.

Grass Snake and Common Toad photo by Andrew Britland

Grass Snake and Common Toad photo by Andrew Britland

Toads have an amazing ability to blow themselves up when they are in danger making themselves more difficult to swallow. The survival tactic worked this time as the grass snake eventually gave up and released the toad! Thanks to Andrew Britland for sending in this amazing photograph!

Meanwhile despite the rain today there was the usual massive flock of swifts and hirundines feeding over Ibsley again and the reed warbler was singing beautifully next to Ivy South Hide. One visitor commented that the warbler was almost too close to focus on! On Sunday there was a report of a little gull over Blashford Lake.

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