Coombes Valley

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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Go and visit the National Park and see what it's all about - Hulme End Open Day

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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;...
  • Blog Post: Give nature a helping hand this Christmas

    As the nights are getting longer, and the days are becoming colder – it’s time to think about all the wildlife braving the cold. So while you’re tucking into your Christmas pudding, give nature a thought in your own back garden. There are simple ways you can help wildlife during the...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: winter or spring?

    It’s been a topsy-turvy week in terms of the weather on the reserve. Earlier in the week the frost was making the reserve sparkle in the winter sunshine. Later the sun made a welcoming return giving an extra touch of warmth. Then the cold weather made its return with hail showers. What a mixture...
  • Blog Post: A fond farewell...

    Well, this week has been very changeable. Some days we have had all four seasons in one day! Anyway enough about the weather; I know how we Brit’s love to talk about the weather until the cows come home! As it is the end of the week, it is time for you to find out what we have seen out and about...