For sometime now the footpath that runs from north to south between the Dockens water and Ellingham Lake has been deteriorating, getting progressively more muddy and churned up over the winter, so today we decided to take action. Fourteen of us started the unenviable job of scraping the off the mud with shovels back to the gravel surface… Everyone got stuck in and we’ve made a massive improvement. The task was really popular with the volunteers, many commenting on how much they loved it, that they couldn’t wait to do it again and how good it was for their backs.
The moth trap had quite a bit of interest today, with several common quaker, march moth, dotted border and clouded drab making up the bulk of the catch. The highlights were a yellow horned (which wasn’t yellow and didn’t have horns), 2 great diving beetles and smartest of all an oak beauty.
Else where on the reserve the long-tailed duck has turned up on both Ivy lake and Ibsley Water, four black-necked grebes were present on Ibsley Water on Tuesday and up to 10 reed buntings have been seen feeding at the woodland hide.