New year’s day was an utterly disgusting wash out weather wise but the few determined visitors that braved the conditions were rewarded with views of the regular great white egret, bittern, water rail and kingfisher from Ivy North Hide. 4 redpolls were also frequenting the bird feeders in the education centre car park on and off throughout the day.
All 6 of the hides now have new log books, it would be very helpful if visitors could please write down any wildlife sightings in them. It is often difficult for reserve staff to get to the hides, so we don’t always know what species are around.
Today saw a massive improvement in the weather and tempting the local buzzards to soar over Ibsley Water, only to be harassed by crows and a greater-black backed gull.
This morning was the first Thursday volunteer gang session of the year and they did a fantastic job as always carrying out a variety of tasks including pollarding willows, inspecting the reserves many benches and constructing a dead hedge by Ellingham Drove. The idea behind the hedge is to try and prevent unwanted car parking and fly tipping by one of the reserve gateways plus it has been constructed from Sycamore a non-native tree of limited wildlife value, which we are trying to reduce in number on the reserve.
Unfortunately the Tern Hide car park is again completely flooded, hopefully it’ll drain away soon but looking at the forecast this maybe unlikely.