Monthly Archives: May 2021

Nuthatch in Pony Wood

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This nuthatch was in a lime tree in Pony Wood yesterday. I may not be very observant, but this is the first time I have seen, let alone photographed, a nuthatch in the Fairfield Nature Reserve.

Recent Sightings

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This great spotted woodpecker was hopping around the branches in Pony Wood collecting insects.

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This hare was in Flora Field.

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This song thrush was shuttling between the ponds in Flora Field and its nest in the hedge at the eastern edge of the field.

The new ponds in Flora Field are proving very good for observing birds which have included swallows, house martins, house sparrows, thrushes, meadow pipits, grey and pied wagtails as well as oystercatchers, ducks and geese.

New black calf

New black calf born yesterday (12 May) evening. As I was passing the field opposite the Hay meadow there was a convention of cattle who had gathered around a new mum to greet the arrival. A very wobbly black calf was being licked and welcomed into the herd.

Waterside Birds

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By Alder Pond there were two moorhen with young.

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By one of the new ponds in the Arable field there was a mistle thrush and also a swallow.

Four swallows were overflying the arable crop. Also, a chiffchaff was singing in an ash tree in Little Wood.

Volunteer Saturday 8th May 2021

Here is Jonathan’s message

Hello All,

The Fairfield Association’s next monthly Saturday volunteer session will be held on May 8th using social distancing to maintain safety.
People will work in teams of up to six and there will be staggered start times. Volunteers must maintain a two metre distance at all times.
The meeting place will be the Orchard stump circle and not the shed.

To facilitate, expedite, make smooth the path toward and generally help Ian Procter get his head around what arrangements to make, he’ll need to know how many of you are planning to come along.
If you intend to attend, please could you let him know – either at sysaf123@gmail.com or 07811 970595 – by noon, Thursday 6th May.
He will allocate people to teams and start times and inform you no later than noon on Friday. Remember we can no longer provide refreshments so please bring your own.

Two main jobs await your volunteering pleasure on Saturday:
* Cleaning and weeding round the safety surfaces in the playground.
* Continuing work digging out nettles in Pony Wood.

Very best wishes to you,
Jonathan.