Ivy South Hide morning sightings

Ivy South Hide definitely delivered the goods when I opened up this morning. I could hear a reed warbler singing just left of the hide as I unlocked the door but the first thing I saw from inside the hide was a large grass snake basking on a log less than a metre from the hide window.

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Grass snake in front of Ivy South Hide

Left of the hide of I saw the reed warbler, it wouldn’t stay still for a photograph but while trying to get a picture I noticed a four-banded longhorn beetle on a reed.

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Four banned longhorn beetle

A little way out into the lake two coots have begun nesting on the life ring rafts that Adam, volunteer Zoe and I put out back in March.

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Coot nest 1

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Coot nest 2

As if this wasn’t enough the vegetation below the hide is also looking brilliant with red campion, hemlock-water dropwort and yellow flag all adding colour. Adam and I cut back gorse and bramble the last two autumns and this seems to be benefiting the wild flowers here.

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Red campion, hemlock water dropwort and yellow flag iris below Ivy South Hide

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