Woodland spring clean

Visitors to the reserve will have noticed a lot of activity taking place on the area of land between the Tern Hide and Goosander Hide, on the north side of Ellingham Drove. Diggers and other heavy machinery have removing concrete and scrap from the days when the site was a concrete block manufacturing plant. The land will eventually become part of the reserve, but there is a lot to do before hand. Today the Thursday volunteer team started the task of clearing litter, old wire and miscellaneous junk from the strip of woodland that runs alongside the road, unfortunately there was a huge amount present. The area seems to have been used as a dumping ground while it was an industrial site.


Volunteers clearing litter and digging out old wire, thank you everyone!


One of several hauls of old barbed wire removed from the woodland

We put all the rubbish in a huge skip, which was looking rather full but fortunately the digger drivers present kindly crushed the skip contents, allowing us to put far more in. They also lifted several piles of old wire into the skip for us.


Digger crushing rubbish into the skip


Another digger tipping old wire into the skip

There is still a lot of rubbish to be removed from the woodland, not the nicest of tasks but it’ll be very satisfying once the task is completed and the area finally looks like a nature reserve rather than a rubbish dump.

Else were on the reserve sightings have included the first large red damselflies of the year, holly blue, orange-tip and speckled wood butterflies. Masses of swallows and martins were present on Ibsley Water today as were 3 common terns, 2 Mediterranean gulls, 5 dunlin, 2 little ringed plovers,  a ruff and a common sandpiper. My most unusual record of the week was a red legged partridge by Ivy South Hide whilst locking up on Tuesday, it clearly hadn’t read the field guides as it was totally the wrong habitat (woodland). No photo but here are some other photos I took this week:


Song thrush on it’s nest


Little ringed plover


Female brimstone laying eggs on the buds on one of only three alder buckthorns on the reserve.




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