Monthly Archives: November 2020

Red Polls

Rachel Malloch reported “Common red polls feeding on the seed heads in Flora Field………seen at the top of the path past Pony Wood going north towards the view of the castle.

Recent Bird Sightings

From Dan Heywood, listed on (Nov. 21st)

The reserve’s arable field near Pony Wood SD468606 this PM:

Linnet 30
Reed Bunting 7
Chaffinch 6
Stock Dove 5
Meadow Pipit 5
Kestrel 1
Mistle Thrush in song Pony Wood.


Plus From me:

Possibly 2 redwing in Flora Field. I’ve seen individuals around recently so they are still about – has any -one else seen them recently ?

Curlew in Big Meadow, Kestrel over Flora Field, Long-tailed tits in Pony wood

Recent Sightings

Flora Field  – a brown hare, a snipe and, spotted by Dan Heywood  – overflying, a greater spotted woodpecker and grey wagtail.

Pony Wood – Dan saw 33 linnets in the big ash trees, feeding in the bird food margin. This is a record for this area so far this year.

Volunteering sessions

Here is Jonathan’s email

Hello All,

A note from Ian…

“Since the announcement of the latest Government lockdown the Association has been given serious thought to whether volunteer group sessions should continue. On the one hand, Government regulations do seem to allow volunteer work to go ahead, on the other hand there was some doubt as to whether our kind of volunteering was included.

After consulting widely with other organisations it has been decided that  our group sessions will go ahead with some sensible restrictions but this has come rather too late for me to organise this Saturday’s November session.
So, I hope to resume Saturday sessions on December 12th.”