Nature Activity Sessions: Saturday 3rd July
11am - 3pm
Price: Donations on the day please. Car park and entry charges apply to non-RSPB members.
Join our volunteers to take part in monthly, hands - on seasonal activities. Previous events have included story stick making, nature art and crafts, bark rubbing and fungi spotting.
Meet the volunteers at the Visitor Information Centre but the event won't run in bad weather.
Optics Demo on Saturday and Sunday
Thinking about buying new optics? Pop along to The Lodge shop between 10 and 3 for free impartial advice from out lovely shop staff.
Mark is away on holiday to sunny Portugal, so Lizzie the reserve warden is writing this week’s updates.
With the bird song starting to quieten it’s the season when I start to look more at the reserve insects.
Dragonfly numbers are starting to build with a good selection flying around the reserve. Last week I was lucky enough to find a Scarce Chaser. This was only the 7th record for the reserve; most likely it has flown up from the River Ivel. There have also been sightings of Emperors, Broad Bodied Chaser, Four Spot Chaser and Black Tailed Skimmer. With their wings held vertically back lots of damselflies are being spotted as well including: variable, azure, blue tailed, large red, red eyed damselfly and the banded demoiselle. The Old Heath and Galley Hill ponds are particularly good for dragonfly watching.
Butterfly numbers remain low, most likely because of the weather but the first meadow browns and marbled whites were spotted this week. The marbled whites can mainly be seen around the hill fort area whilst the meadow browns are on the more grassy areas of the reserve.
This weekend why not come to the Lodge and see if you can spot a few yourselves and let us know what you have seen.
Tomorrow (Saturday 18th June 2016) the Saturday work party will be replacing the steps between Jacks Pond and the driveway. This short section will therefore be closed. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.