Category Archives: Wildlife

Remains of the fallen horse chestnut

The Wednesday volunteers joined, by Andy Lee worked on the fallen tree in Pony Wood on Wednesday. The trunk and larger branches were sawn up and left in situ, the smaller branches were taken into the wood to make a hedge of brash: although dead wood is good spread around a woodland to rot down naturally, too much can cover ground flora, encouraging perhaps brambles to grow over it to shade out lower plants.  It can also cause a problem for access for management in the future.  Stacking brash either in heaps or rows is beneficial to small mammals, birds, insects etc, but a row or hedge can create corridors through the wood to connect to outside boundaries etc.  Eventually they compost down with mosses, lichens and fungi to increase nutrients to the woodland floor.

 

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Bird sightings on the board

Feeding Station

chaffinch 20+, blackbird 4,  robin 4,  great tit 2, blue tit 2,  dunnnock 2,  reed bunting 12, wood pigeon 4,  pheasant 1,

Pony Wood

jay 1, redwing 6, mistle thrush 1, wren 1 goldfinch 6,

 

Overflying

pinkfoot  40, greylag 15

 

Linnets

We  have had an answer from Jon Carter about the loss of linnets this year. He said that they did a circuit of the maize fields on Aldcliffe Marsh and Fairfield. The maize has bee replaced by grass so the linnets are no longer interested

Stonechats by the newt ponds

Male and female Stonechat on vegetation by the newt ponds, alongside Aldcliffe Road at around midday on November 22.

Also 4 Reed Buntings and 1 Linnet at the feeding station, with Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Woodpigeon and 1 Stock Dove

6 Linnet on path-side tree, Pony Wood
6 Stock Dove feeding on Flora Field by the bee hives

1 Jay

City Nature Challenge

A small but keen group met on a chilly damp morning on May 1st to take part. 18 species of invertebrates were identified in moth traps and in the Flora Ponds and 25 bird species. Highlights were – a red kite ( from Grizedale?) over Flora Field, 5 stock dove, a swallow, probably collecting mud from the Flora Ponds for a nest in the boat house opposite, whitethroat in Pony Wood, a jay making a very strange call in The Orchard, and a  great diving beetle larva gobbling up smaller creatures in the plastic tray. For those of us unfamiliar with moths, the names  “Hebrew character moth ” and “shuttle shaped dart”  were fascinating in themselves.