Happy Easter to you all from everyone at Mersehead. We hope you all have a good one whatever you choose to do! If you are still unsure how to spend your Easter Sunday and you are going to be near Mersehead, why not come along to the second day of our Easter Craft Fair which is taking place in the Sulwath Centre and the barn behind it? We have locally produced crafts for you to look at, including some lovely photos, jewellery and decorative sculptures for your garden. Also on tomorrow for our younger visitors we have an Easter Scavenger Hunt! Families will have until 4pm to find 25 different things around the reserve, if they manage to find them all then they'll get a prize!! The Craft Fair runs from 10am - 4pm and the Easter Scavenger Hunt is on from 11-4pm.
We still have Barnacle Geese about on the reserve and have still been getting occasional sightings of the Green-winged teal from the Bruaich Hide, as well as sightings a couple of days ago of Ruff and Black-tailed godwit from the same hide. We are still waiting for the return of our Swallows and House martins, as well as from our Warblers, although we are getting good sightings and sounds of the Chiffchaff.
During a recent walk in woodland near the reserve I was amazed to see my first bluebells of the year as well as stitchwort and wild violets! A real sign of summer!! It also reminded me that I really should pay another visit to our Wood of Cree reserve in a couple of weeks time, not only is it a great spot for bluebells but is also a good reserve to see some of our other summer migrants - Wood warbler, redstart and pied flycatcher mainly.
We are open as usual over the Bank Holiday weekend, with free family events on next Wednesday and Friday too so we'll hopefully see you all at Mersehead over the Easter holiday if you are in the area.