This morning while checking out progress around Willow pond we saw a mixed flock of over a hundred fieldfare and redwing.
This fieldfare was on the ground near the pond,
and the redwing was in an ash tree above the pond.
The recent change of wind direction to NE has brought both the birds and the cold weather.
Ian & Sue
The wildflower margins have been mown. We need to do this to strengthen the flowering plants to give them a chance against the more dominant grasses. The cuttings are still to be collected then everything is done for this year.
3 roe deer are being seen regularly between the arable field and Upper Sowerholme, where they probably hide out in the reeds during the day. And on Saturday we saw our first flock of over-wintering linnets on the oak tree on the Long Pads – about 20
We disturbed a small fox today – in the margin at the top of the field by the eastern edge of Pony Wood
Here is Jonathan’s message:
There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this
Saturday morning, October 13th, starting at 10.00am and finishing at
This week’s To Do list looks a bit like…
1. The channel and ponds in our Upper Sowerholme reed bed need clearing of
encroaching vegetation to ensure some clear water. This is very much a
wellington boot job, indeed we have two pairs of waders available (size 8
and 9) if anyone wants to really take the plunge. This will also involve
the replanting of any phragmites reeds moved out of the channel into the
2. We have recently opened up an area of Flora Field as a wildflower patch
using a digger to remove the turf. We are now ready to plant out donated
teasel plants and to sow a suitable seed mix.
3. If we complete the above tasks we can move on to hedge trimming.
And that’s it for now,
Could anyone help identify what is likely to have made this largish hole by footpath near Flora field – photo sent in by Michael (with his size 10 shoe next to it to show scale):
Badger, fox or something else? (click to show full-size)
The first flush count of the winter this morning put up a total of 22 snipe, all common. All bar one (Hay Meadow) were in Big Meadow. A reasonable tally for this point in the season. The marshes are very dry, the recent rains clearly still replenishing the water table after the summer’s drought. Other notable sightings: two dunnock flying along the Upper/Lower Sowerholme boundary and a jay in Pony Wood. And something unidentified rustling amidst the phragmites which are now quite dense in parts of Upper Sowerholme.