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Recent Sightings: from Kestrels to Grannies toenails!
Last week we were graced with some weather that reminded us that it is in fact Summer, this made it a great time to view the huge variety of wild flowers around Coombes. The warmer weather also stirred some invertebrates into life that really emphasises the diversity of life that we have here in this...
12 Jun 2013
Go and visit the National Park and see what it's all about - Hulme End Open Day
Jarrod Sneyd, Site Manager
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned my colleagues from the Peak District National Park. Remember those smiling faces. as they marvelled at the delights of Coombes Valley?! Well, though Coombes Valley is a very beautiful place, we won't claim it's 'the only place to be' in the area (well...
7 Jul 2012
Recent Sightings: Flutterbies
The warm and sunny weather over the bank holiday weekend was extremely welcome after a very wet week. This was the perfect time to get out and do our weekly butterfly transect as part of the UK butterfly monitoring scheme. The harsh winter has pushed back the emergence of butterflies all accross the...
28 May 2013
The colour purple at Coombes Valley - sightings from the last week
The resplendent whites and yellows of the spring flowers have now transformed into the characteristic purple and blue blooms of late summer. Devil’s-bit scabious is just coming into flower, and the meadows and scrubby areas are awash with the purple hue of knapweed and the pink of rosebay willowherb...
27 Aug 2012
Discover the Butterflies of Coombes Valley
Volunteer Adam Machin goes barmy over the prospect of our Beautiful Butterflies Walk, happening this Saturday, 14 July. One not to miss! You might not have guessed it, but this is the middle of our summer! This means our butterfly species should be peaking in numbers around about now. If you catch...
12 Jul 2012
Recent Sightings: Kings, Rubies and Devils!
The long hot spell has culminated in a succession of humungous thunderstorms giving our brook and pond some much needed help. The high temperatures have meant that the moth trap has been heaving with a huge variety of species, dragonflies are whirring around the river banks and birds of prey have been...
30 Jul 2013
Recent Sightings: Ravens, Whites and Worts!
We're in the last Summer month and rains have soaked the reserve but that dosen't mean theres nothing to see! Great black birds dive in the sky and poisonous plants spring from the earth. Theres been a wealth of sightings recently at Coombes but heres a pick of some of the best: Ravens - These...
8 Aug 2013
Recent Sightings: Look up, down and all around!
What a difference a week makes! The reserve has been noticeably noisy with the sound of birds chirping wherever you walk; bees are buzzing around our meadows taking advantage of the array of wildflowers still on display, not to mention the numbers of butterflies fluttering past … it almost feels...
27 Aug 2013
Recent Sightings: Off with the woolies and into the wonders!
It’s been noticeably cool on the reserve during this month well perhaps that is to be expected now we are approaching one of the most colourful months on the reserve – autumn! But fear not, summer is still hanging in there and this week has been a glorious week for wildlife on the reserve;...
28 Sep 2013
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