Today I was down at Swanwick helping with a group of Junior Wardens. They came to learn the basic features of digital cameras and have fun learning how to compose good photographs. Throughout the day the group got really involved, taking different pictures from all sorts of angles of all sorts of things. It was such great fun and there was much laughter, which can only be a good sign! Below is a selection of the fine photographs the group took.
In other news we have been busy on the reserves with yet more grassland management. Both Steve and I have been out in the tractor at Farlington with the volunteers topping thistles. We are starting to get somewhere now we have completed the north marsh. Just the trickier south marsh to complete now…. Elsewhere the Beechcroft and Swanwick volunteers have been busy cutting sections of North East Meadow at Swawick. This area of the reserve is awash with invertebrates and on Monday we even had a lunchtime flyby from a stunning male Purple Emperor, just 10ft or so above our heads!! Along with spotting a Silver-washed fritillary this morning and 8 Crossbills flying over this afternoon, the north east meadow seems to be the place to go at Swanwick currently.
Farlington bird news: 2 Greenshank halfway down the stream yesterday along with 3 Common Sandpiper (1 at the deeps, 1 on the stream next to the hut and 1 at the scrape). Birds are slowly starting to build on the high tide wader roosts. Last Wednesday there was 274 Redshank, 52 Black-tailed godwit and 14 Oystercatcher on the exposed mud of the lake. The water on the stream and lake is very high at present with last weekends rainfall and the low differences in tides, so most waders are roosting on the stream or on the unviewable scrape.