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Improving vision in the fog
It was quite foggy today, not the best for viewing wildlife. But it gave the estate team the perfect opportunity to improve the vision of Bottom Tank from Phil Stead Hide. Eventually, if left alone, the plants will choke the water and the wetland will become dry - not so good for waders. Today we...
23 Oct 2012
Yesterday, as Adam has already blogged, we were putting up a fence when Ed and Chris found a shrew just where a fence post was to go. Luckily they caught it and we were able to move it to some long grass close by where we were not working. But it was a quick mover and ran up Ed's arm. ...
17 Oct 2012
Weekend recap - hogitats and more!
Ok, I’ll hold my hands up, our simple hogitats weren’t nearly as aesthetically pleasing as the ones available in our shop (above), but they are effective :-) We enjoyed a fantastic weekend making hedgehog habitats; plenty of families turned up to take advantage of our Time For Bed family...
15 Oct 2012
Hibernation & hedgehogs
Yes that's a frog not a hedgehog, but our hibernation trail doesn't discriminate! We have information and picture cut-outs dotted around the discovery zone - did you know that pond skaters hibernate? This weekend we continue our 'Time for Bed' theme, and in addition to our hibernation...
12 Oct 2012
And a repast for redwings
The finches are feeding on the rose hips in the Wildlife Garden and are easy to see by the Visitor Centre. In the October Predictions blog Adam said the winter thrushes would be on their way. As we were busy repairing a fence yesterday he saw them fly past (then alerted by a call he pointed out a...
12 Oct 2012
A feast for finches
Yesterday, as the reserve was being opened up, the Wildlife Garden was full of activity as Greenfinches were feasting on the hips of Rosa glauca . This rose is a species rose which has small, single flowers sadly without scent but they provide lots of food for bees early in summer. Just now they...
7 Oct 2012
Dragons, scorpions and the things in the mud
Last week we were planting reeds, but this week we have been clearing the dragonfly pools and finding lots of life. Some of it sounds rather scary. And I don't mean Freddie (who took the photo of me last time). This is the last of the pools on the Dragonfly Path just before Saltholme Pools...
4 Oct 2012
The Magnificent Seven
Well there were seven of us but Freddie had to take the photo. After a hard day of planting reeds last week we are heading back to the workshop for a cup of tea. Chris, Ed, Adam, Peter, Chris, and me had been digging up established reeds and planting them in recenty dug pools to extend the reed...
26 Sep 2012
Interested in wild-guiding at Saltholme?
Interested in volunteering at Saltholme? We are currently looking for volunteer wild-guides to facilitate weekend family activities, such as pond-dipping, trails, classroom crafts, and more! You don't have to be an expert at identifying wi ldlife, all we ask is that you have a genuine interest...
19 Sep 2012
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