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  • Moths and Moults

    The last few weeks at the reserve have been a time for change, as fledglings find their feet – or should that be wings… and many adults start their seasonal moult following the breeding season.  This is why it might seem a bit quiet, as birds are more vulnerable during the moulting period, which can last up to 5 weeks for small garden birds.  Male ducks are left completely flightless during their moult so they lose their bright plumage first to be less conspicuous, and can be easily mistaken for females.  However, they should be back to their full glory by October.  So whilst the birds tuck themselves away to recharge their batteries and feathers in preparation for winter we have been on the lookout for other wildlife that is more active over the summer months.

    Our Big Wild Sleepout gave a group of intrepid explorers the opportunity to see what was out and about after dark.  Armed with bat detectors it didn’t take long to find out what when on in the playground out of hours.  There was a surprising amount of activity at dusk in this area and down Perry Lane from Common pipistrelles feasting on mayflies, lacewings, small moths, midges, caddis flies and mosquitoes.  As we set off onto the main reserve we also recorded Soprano pipistrelles, Whiskered bats and Noctules.

    However, the biggest surprise unfolded the following morning when our moth expert Kevin Hewitt opened up the moth trap.  He was amazed to find over 85 species, as listed below.  Amongst them were some rarer species such as the Double Kidney and the Twin-spotted wainscot, which is a wetland specialist.  There was also an unexpected number of Pale prominents (28) and an unusually high variation of colourful moths in the same trap - i.e. Gold spot,  Burnished brass, Rosy footman and Black arches.  My favourite was definitely the Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala) which resembles a broken twig, and is a reminder of how amazing the natural world really is!

    Moth recordings  30/07/16

    Macro Moths

     

     

     

     

    Swallow-tailed Moth

    1

    Adult

    Ourapteryx sambucaria

    Buff-tip

    4

    Adult

    Phalera bucephala

    Garden Tiger

    6

    Adult

    Arctia caja

     

    Pebble Hook-tip

    4

    Adult

    Drepana falcataria

    Blood-vein

    2

    Adult

    Timandra comae

    Clouded Border

    4

    Adult

    Lomaspilis marginata

    Grey/Dark Dagger Agg.

    2

    Adult

     

     

    Small Phoenix

    2

    Adult

    Ecliptopera silaceata

    Common Carpet

    4

    Adult

    Epirrhoe alternata

    Garden Carpet

    2

    Adult

    Xanthorhoe fluctuata

    Drinker

    9

    Adult

    Euthrix potatoria

    Swallow Prominet

    3

    Adult

    Pheosia tremula

    Lesser Swallow Prominent

    1

    Adult

    Pheosia gnoma

    Snout

    3

    Adult

    Hypena proboscidalis

    Pebble Prominent

    3

    Adult

    Notodonta ziczac

    Flame Carpet

    1

    Adult

    Xanthorhoe designata

    Silver Y

    3

    Adult

    Autographa gamma

    Sallow Kitten

    3

    Adult

    Furcula furcula

    Knot Grass

    2

    Adult

    Acronicta rumicis

    Iron Prominent

    1

    Adult

    Notodonta dromedarius

    Poplar Hawk-moth

    2

    Adult

    Laothoe populi

    Common Rustic Agg.

    18

    Adult

     

     

    Common Wainscot

    4

    Adult

    Mythimna pallens

    Smoky Wainscot

    21

    Adult

    Mythimna impura

    Heart and Dart

    3

    Adult

    Agrotis exclamationis

    Large Yellow Underwing

    5

    Adult

    Noctua pronuba

    Riband Wave

    8

    Adult

    Idaea aversata

    Rustic/Uncertain Agg.

    6

    Adult

     

     

    Flame Shoulder

    10

    Adult

    Ochropleura plecta

    Dark Arches

    8

    Adult

    Apamea monoglypha

    Early Thorn

    1

    Adult

    Selenia dentaria

    Dingy Footman

    7

    Adult

    Eilena griseola

    Buff Ermine

    1

    Adult

    Spilosoma lutea

    Marbled Minor Agg.

    3

    Adult

     

     

    Straw Dot

    4

    Adult

    Rivula sericealis

    Willow Beauty

    2

    Adult

    Peribatodes rhomboidaria

    Clay

    1

    Adult

    Mythimna ferrago

    Shuttle-shaped Dart

    3

    Adult

    Agrotis puta

    Common Wave

    5

    Adult

    Cabera exanthemata

    Common White Wave

    2

    Adult

    Cabera pusaria

    Bright-line Brown-eye

    2

    Adult

    Lacanobia oleracea

    Fan-foot

    1

    Adult

    Herminia tarsipennalis

    Pale Mottled Willow

    1

    Adult

    Caradrina clavipalpis

    Spectacle

    1

    Adult

    Abrostola tripartita

    Nut-tree Tussock

    1

    Adult

    Colocasia coryli

    Rosy Footman

    4

    Adult

    Miltochrista miniata

    Twin-spotted Wainscot

    2

    Adult

    Archanara geminipuncta

    Limespec Pug

    1

    Adult

    Eupithecia centaureata

    Magpie Moth

    1

    Adult

    Abraxas grossulariata

    Lackey

    24

    Adult

    Malacosoma neustria

    Rivulet

    1

    Adult

    Perizoma affinitata

    Common Footman

    8

    Adult

    Eilena lurideola

    Ghost Moth

    1

    Adult

    Hepialus humuli

    Canary-shouldered Thorn

    1

    Adult

    Ennomos alniaria

    Dark Twin-barred Carpet

    1

    Adult

    Xanthorhoe ferrugata

    Black Arches

    4

    Adult

    Lymantria monacha

    Small fan-footed Wave

    3

    Adult

    Idaea biselata

    Small Wainscot

    2

    Adult

    Denticucullus pygmina

    Gold Spot

    3

    Adult

    Plusia festucae

    Shaded Broad-bar

    2

    Adult

    Scotopteryx chenopodiata

    Pale Prominent

    28

    Adult

    Pterostoma palpina

    Yellow-tail

    1

    Adult

    Euproctis similis

    Dark Sword-grass

    1

    Adult

    Agrotis ipsilon

    Double Kidney

    2

    Adult

    Ipimorpha retusa

    Burnished Brass

    3

    Adult

    Diachrysia chrysitis

    Southern Wainscot

    3

    Adult

    Mythimna straminea

    Ruby Tiger

    8

    Adult

    Phragmatobia fuliginosa

    Herald

    4

    Adult

    Scoliopteryx libatrix

    Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

    15

    Adult

    Noctua janthe

    Copper Underwing Agg.

    1

    Adult

     

     

    Bulrush Wainscot

    2

    Adult

    Nonagria typhae

     

    Micro Moths

     

     

    Agapeta hamana

    2

    Adult

    Celypha striana

    3

    Adult

    Aphomia sociella

    7

    Adult

    Pleuroptya ruralis

    3

    Adult

    Evergestis pallidata

    2

    Adult

    Clepsis spectrana

    3

    Adult

    Carcina quercana

    1

    Adult

    Ancylis badiana

    3

    Adult

    Cochylis roseana

    13

    Adult

    Agriphila geniculea

    2

    Adult

    Euzophora pingius

    2

    Adult

    Acrobasis suavella

    1

    Adult

    Chilo phragmitella

    1

    Adult

    Catoptria falsella

    2

    Adult

    Recent sightings from 28/07/2016 to 4/08/2016

    Blackbird,  Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Buzzard, Canada goose, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunnock, Gadwall,  Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great tit, Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, House martin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan, Pied wagtail, Redshank, Reed bunting, Robin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Shoveler, Swallow, Teal and Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Common blue butterfly, Speckled wood butterfly, Gatekeeper butterfly,  Noctule bat, Whiskered bat, Soprano pipistrelle bat and Common pipistrelle bat.

    Recent sightings from 28/07/2016 to 04/08/2016

    Avocet, Blackbird, Black-headed gull, Black-tailed godwit,  Blue tit, Buzzard, Canada goose, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Common sandpiper, Coot, Curlew sandpiper, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall,  Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great tit, Greater black-backed gull,  Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, Herring gull, House martin, House sparrow, Jackdaw,  Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser black-backed gull, Lesser whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Little stint, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Pheasant, Raven, Redshank, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Robin, Ruff, Shelduck,  Song thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling,  Stonechat, Swallow, Teal, Tufted duck, Turnstone, Whimbrel, Wigeon,  Woodpigeon, Wren and Yellow wagtail.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Red admiral butterfly, Blue tailed damselfly, Emperor dragonfly, Small white butterfly, Gatekeeper, Meadow brown, Painted lady butterfly, Soldier beetle,  Honey bee and Common blue butterfly.

    Recent sightings from 15/07/2016 to 21/07

    Bearded reedling, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunnock, Gadwall,  Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit, Greater black-backed gull,  Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey heron, Herring gull, House martin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh harrier, Moorhen, Mute swan, Pheasant, Raven, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Robin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Song thrush, Stonechat, Swallow, Treecreeper, Woodpigeon and Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Comma butterfly, Red admiral butterfly, Small white butterfly, Green veined white butterfly, Southern hawker dragonfly, Rabbit, Large white butterfly, Common blue butterfly, Gatekeeper, Peacock butterfly, Speckled wood butterfly, Blue tailed damselfly, Migrant hawker dragonfly, Emperor dragonfly and Broad bodied chaser dragonfly.

    Recent sightings from 08/07/2016 to 14/07

    Avocet, Bar-tailed godwit, Bearded reedling, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada goose, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Common sandpiper, Coot, Curlew sandpiper, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall,  Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great crested grebe, Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, House martin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Knot, Lapwing, Lesser whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Pied wagtail, Raven, Redshank, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Ringed plover, Robin, Rook, Ruff, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Shoveler, Song thrush, Spotted redshank, Starling,  Swallow, Tufted duck,  Water rail, Whimbrel, Willow warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Common darter, Small skipper, Grass snake, Peacock butterfly, Gatekeeper, Stoat, Black tailed skimmer, Scarlet tiger moth, Marbled white butterfly, Rabbit, Weasel, Large white butterfly, Speckled wood butterfly and Cinnabar moth caterpillar.

     

    Please note that we take our recent sightings list from the visitor sightings board that anyone can contribute to. This is great as everyone can get involved, but obviously can lead to potential errors too as they aren’t always verified! We try to keep this list as accurate as possible but if you see something unusual feel free to comment here!

     

     

     




  • Indispensable insects

    Summer is finally upon us, albeit a rather changeable and unpredictable one - and it’s a really busy time for wildlife on the reserve.  Most will have offspring to nurture, feed and protect.   The adults will be working overtime to keep up with the endless round of feeding and fending off predators.

    Flowering plants are at their best at this time of the year, which is just as well as they are so important for the emergence of the vast array of insect life. As you stroll around the reserve you will see good displays of comfrey, common vetch, birds-foot trefoil and St John’s wort snatching what sunshine they can between bouts of rain! These blooms attract pollinators which are a vital source of food for birds to feed their young. One out of every three mouthfuls of our food also depends on pollination taking place, so without insects we would soon have problems feeding ourselves. The RSPB is encouraging everyone through their ‘Giving Nature a Home’ campaign to provide the right conditions for insects close to home.

    Speaking of insects – one of the staff saw something strange lurking in the reserve this week. After research it appears we are home to a Platyrhinus resinosus – which translates from the latin for 'flat nose' – not a very flattering title!  'Flat nose' is a fungus weevil (aka the Cramp-ball fungus weevil or Oak fungus beetle ) from the family Anthribidae. The larvae develop inside the black fungus known as King Alfred's Cakes or Cramp Balls (Daldinia concentrica). When it’s running around oak trees it moves quickly and is hardly visible.  When spotted though it’s such an odd-looking creature that it can’t be mistaken for anything else. It is a scarce invertebrate with June and July being peak times to see the adult.

     

    Platyrhinus resinosus by Tara Okon

    It’s also a great time to spot butterflies and moths, and we have seen a flurry of scarlet tiger moths over the past couple of weeks. If you’d like to come along and spot some butterflies and day flying moths we will be running family events next weekend as part of the Big Butterfly Count 2016.

    Flutter by for a fabulous weekend of butterfly-filled fun

    A family event at RSPB Newport Wetlands on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July

    10.30am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 3.30pm

    RSPB members: £3.00 per child

    Non members: £5.00 per child

    Drop-in event so no need to book

    For more information call: 01633 636363 or email: newport-wetlands@rspb.org.uk

     

    Thanks to Linda Joseph, our guest writer for the blog this week. 

    Recent sightings 17/06 to 23/06

    Bearded Reedling, Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue tit, Broad-billed sandpiper, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Curlew, Dunnock, Gadwall,  Goldfinch, Great crested grebe, Great spotted woodpecker, Great tit, Greenfinch, Grey heron, Herring gull, Hobby, House sparrow, Kestrel, Lesser black-backed gull, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Long-tailed tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied wagtail, Redshank, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Robin, Ruff, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Skylark, SongThrush, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Tufted duck, Turnstone, Water rail, Willow warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Moth caterpillar, Skipper, Scarlet Tiger Moth, Bee Orchid, Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Latticed Heath Moth, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, 5 spot Burnet Moth, 6 spot Burnet Moth.

    Recent sightings 24/06 to 30/06

    Avocet, Bearded Reedling, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Curlew, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Grasshopper Warbler, Great crested grebe, Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit, Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, Herring gull, Hobby, House martin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Lesser whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Long-tailed tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh harrier, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Pheasant, Pochard, Redshank, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Ruff, Sand martin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Shoveler, Skylark, Song thrush, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Tufted duck, Turnstone, Whinchat, Woodpigeon, Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Moth caterpillar, Skipper, Scarlet Tiger Moth, Bee Orchid, Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Southern Marsh Bee, Latticed Heath Moth, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, 5-spot Burnet Moth, 6-spot Burnet Moth.

    Recent sightings 01/07 to 07/07

    Avocet, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great crested grebe, Great tit, Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, Herring gull, Hobby, House martin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser whitethroat, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Long-tailed tit, Magpie, Marsh harrier, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Pheasant, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Sand martin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Shoveler, Starling,  Swallow, Tufted duck,  Whinchat, Woodpigeon, Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Marsh Helleborine Orchid, Southern Marsh Orchid, Bee Orchid, Red Admiral butterfly, Black tailed Skimmer, Slug, Snail, Meadow Brown butterfly.

  • Signs of summer

    What an absolute privilege to be able to wander around the wetlands on a late spring morning, birds chirping in the trees, sun shining, plants and trees bursting with life. It makes you feel good to be alive and part of the natural world. As you walk around you will hear lots of different bird song, even though the birds are hiding their nests deep in the reed beds.  You might recognise the explosive song of the Cetti’s warbler, the repetitive rhythmic churring of the reed warbler or the distant trilling of the grasshopper warbler.  We’re also having regular sightings of common and lesser whitethroats, reed buntings, swallows, swifts and chiffchaffs.  A cuckoo first arrived on April 20th and is still getting in some last minute song before heading back to Africa in July.

    Butterflies such the large skipper, painted lady and the cinnabar moth have been spotted and others are appearing all over the reserve following the sudden growth spurt of the most beautiful plants and flowers – an essential source of nectar for the emerging butterflies and moths.

    To herald the burst of colour we held a botanical illustration workshop on Sunday 5 June which was a great success. The day was intended for absolute beginners with little or no knowledge of botany or art. We covered the structure of flowering plants, a bit about habitats and conservation of plants, their importance to wildlife and insects, the law relating to plant species and a bit about how illustrators have glorified them over the years.

    After lunch we launched ourselves into drawing samples of flowers, equipment used by illustrators and simple botanical techniques using pencil and watercolours. Each person went home with an almost complete botanical picture and lots of new knowledge.

    Plans are afoot to hold another Botanical workshop in the autumn where attendees can work on specimens such as holly or ivy to produce a beautiful hand painted Christmas card. More on this later ........... so watch this space!

    Bee orchid by Lorraine Leicester

    Common spotted orchid by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)

    Recent sightings 10.06.16 to 16.06.16

    Little grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Raven, Red kite,  Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Robin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Song thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling,  Stonechat, Swallow, Tufted duck,  Water rail, Woodpigeon and Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Marsh Helleborine Orchid, Bee Orchid, Southern Marsh Orchid, Pyramidal Orchid, Large Skipper, Painted Lady, Tufted Vetch, Grass Vetchling, Weasel, Rabbit, Blackberry flower, Knapweed, Fumitory, Meadow Pea, Yellow Flag Iris, Horseshoe Trefoil, Self-heal, Black Medic, Purple Clover, White Clover, Silverweed, Bur-reed, Dog Rose, Ermine moth, Poplar hawkmoth, Lesser elephant hawkmoth, Diamond back moth, Hearts and dagger moth, Common pipistrelle bat, Soprano pipistrelle bat, Nathusius pipistrelle bat and Noctule bat.

    Recent Sightings 03/06/16 to 09/06/16

    Avocet, Bearded reedling,  Bittern,  Blackbird,  Blackcap,  Blue tit,  Buzzard,  Canada goose,  Carrion  crow,  Cetti's warbler,  Chiffchaff,  Common whitethroat,  Coot,  Cormorant,  Cuckoo,  Curlew sandpiper,  Curlew,  Dunlin,  Dunnock,  Gadwall,   Goldfinch,  Great crested grebe,  Great spotted  woodpecker,  Great tit,  Green woodpecker,  Greenfinch,  Greenshank,   Grey heron,  Greylag goose,  Hobby,  House sparrow,  Jackdaw,  Jay,  Kestrel,  Lapwing,  Lesser whitethroat,  Linnet,  Little egret,  Little grebe,  Long-tailed tit,  Magpie,  Mallard,  Marsh harrier,  Mistle thrush,  Moorhen,  Mute swan, Oystercatcher,  Pheasant,  Pied wagtail,  Pochard,  Raven,  Redshank,  Reed bunting,  Reed warbler,  Ringed plover,  Robin,  Sedge warbler,  Shelduck,  Song thrush,  Stonechat,  Swallow,  Swift,  Tufted duck,  Water rail,  Woodpigeon and Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Peacock butterfly, Speckled wood butterfly, Holly blue butterfly, Brown hawker dragonfly, Rabbit, Hairy dragonfly, Blue-tailed damselfly, Painted lady butterfly and Weasel.

    Recent Sightings 27/05/16 to 02/06/16

    Avocet, Bearded reedling,  Blackcap,  Black-tailed godwit,  Blue tit,  Buzzard,  Canada goose,  Carrion crow,  Cetti's warbler,  Chiffchaff,  Common whitethroat,  Coot,  Cormorant,  Cuckoo,  Curlew,  Dunlin,  Goldfinch,  Great crested grebe,  Great spotted woodpecker, Great tit,  Green woodpecker,  Greenfinch,  Greenshank, Grey heron,  Herring gull,  Hobby,  House martin,  House sparrow,  Lesser whitethroat,  Linnet,  Little egret,  Little grebe,  Little gull,  Little ringed plover,  Long-tailed tit,  Magpie,  Mallard,  Marsh harrier,  Moorhen,  Mute swan,  Oystercatcher,  Pochard,  Raven,  Red kite,  Redshank,  Reed bunting,  Reed warbler,  Robin,  Ruff, Savi's warbler,  Sedge warbler,  Shelduck,  Sparrowhawk,  Swallow,  Swift,  Tufted duck, Wigeon,  Woodpigeon and Wren.

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Southern marsh orchid, Small blue butterfly, Ladybird and Cabbage white butterfly.

     

    Recent Sightings 20/05/16 to 26/05/16

    Avocet, Bearded reedling, Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Canada goose, Carrion crow, Cetti's warbler, Chiffchaff, Coal tit, Common whitethroat, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Curlew, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great crested grebe, Great spotted woodpecker,  Great tit, Green woodpecker, Greenfinch, Greenshank,  Grey heron, House martin, House sparrow, Kestrel, Lapwing, Linnet, Little egret, Little grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh harrier, Moorhen, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied wagtail, Pochard, Redshank, Reed bunting, Reed warbler, Robin, Sedge warbler, Shelduck,  Shoveler, Song thrush, Sparrowhawk, Spoonbill, Stonechat, Swallow, Tufted duck,  Willow warbler,  Woodpigeon and  Wren.

     

    Other species spotted around the Wetlands include:

    Rabbit

    Please note that we take our recent sightings list from the visitor sightings board that anyone can contribute to. This is great as everyone can get involved, but obviously can lead to potential errors too as they aren’t always verified! We try to keep this list as accurate as possible but if you see something unusual feel free to comment here!