Sunday, 23 July 2017

Work Party on the spring head. 23rd July 2017.

The life blood of the Marsh are the springs which rise up from deep down in the Chalk. The main spring head had become badly poached by cattle. Volunteers had put in place a new fence to exclude cattle and today's task was to cut down the vegetation and at least partially reinstate the spring head channel.
The vegetation has been cleared so that the cattle will not be tempted to get through the fence to eat it and also it will give less aggressive and more interesting plants a chance to thrive.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wednesday 24th May 2017.

If you visit the Marsh now these are some of the things that you can look out for.

The Yellow Flag Iris is just coming on bloom throughout the reserve.

One of the rarities for which the Marsh is a SSSI, is the Brown Sedge.

There are a good number of damselflies flying along the ditches and the pond in the wood.

Also in the ditches you will find the Celery-leaved Crowfoot on bloom.
Ragged Robin can be found throughout the reserve.

The Southern Marsh Orchids are just coming on bloom. They can be found at a number of places but start looking about 25 m down from the entrance.

Also the pale pink Early Marsh Orchids are on bloom. Look in the paddock to the left of the entrance but beware that the ground is very soft and peaty underfoot.

Look carefully along the sides of the paths and you will find the blue flower of Brooklime.

Growing on the water in the ditches you will find an unusual type of duckweed, the Ivy-Leaved Duckweed.

You can hear Cetti’s Warbler in the scrubby parts of the reserve. In the wetter areas there are Reed and Sedge Warblers. The Cuckoo has been calling regularly now for the past fortnight.
Enjoy your visit!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

11th May 2017.

Thursday 11th May.

Cuckoo calling today and on 7th May.

Butterflies- Peacock and Brimstone.

First damselflies of the year. Banded Agrion (backwater) and Blue-Tailed Damselfly (pond in wood).

Disappearance of apples from the feeding raft on the pond raised false hopes that Water Voles had arrived. Several pounds of apples later a Moorhen was revealed as the culprit and the feeding was so good that it brought friend along!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Welcome to the Marsh in May 2017.

May 7th 2017. Not far down the path from the gate you will find two plants. Marsh Valerian and Bugle. Compare the Marsh Valerian with the Common Valerian we will see later on. Bugle is supposed to get its name not from the musical instrument but from mediaeval glass ornaments which were sewn into clothing, Bugle refers to the unusual purple/blue colour.
Turn left along the boardwalk and go into the wood. If it is a sunny day you will find the following butterflies, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip (male and female), Green veined White and Peacock.
Also in the wood you will find the bird feeder station on the left. Only common birds visiting at the moment notably Great Tit and Great Spotted Woodpecker.