The family area has been running now for two weeks and what a refreshing change to get away from my desk and see lots of children enjoying nature filled fun on the reserve!
Owl pelleting is probably the most popular activity for the children .....but it's pretty popular with adults judging by the number of mums and dads who have a go as well! Fortunately we have a large supply of owl pellets we have been collecting for ages, hopefully they will last out the summer. The children are able to examine the bones under the microsope if they want. Last week we found a mole skull in a pellet and one pellet contained the skeletal remains of six diffent animals. I know it sounds a bit gory but it is not at all...and the children love it!
Pond dipping is also very popular and we do this on Tuesday and Thursday mornings....it's free but you do need to book! The kids can also try their hands at badge making, mini beasting, marvellous moths, nature trails and quizzes and any of the various competitions we are running.
Special Fen Meadow nature walks take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
If you wouild like have fun in the Family Area it happens every Monday to Friday until 3 September (except August bank holiday Monday) between 10am and 4pm. Entry to the reserve is currently free as are all the activities. Why not pay us a visit?
After a long wait, Year 2 of the Coastal Project started in earnest today.
The floating excavator rumbled into life this morning and headed out through the reedbed onto the fresh marsh. I must admit, it was a slightly surreal sight sat in the hide watching a 30 tonne machine crossing the lagoon and barely making a mark! The diggers first job is to cut all the reeds alongside the main path and on the islands to allow the bomb disposal team to clear them. They will then be able to lower the island and remove the encroaching reed.
As I am sure you can imagine, there were two big boys very excited by a big digger!
At about 8 weeks of age the North Creake owlet has made his first flight, leaving the nest on the night of 24th-25th July, following much wing-stretching and -flapping. He had also been fine-tuning his hunting techniques by pouncing on sticks and pellets in the nestbox, plus the odd fly or moth!
We are hopeful that he will continue to be fed in the nestbox, or in the immediate vicinity for another 2-3 weeks or so. In the event that we do not have live nestcam footage available we are able to show recorded footage leading up to his departure.
We are planning many children's activities during the school holiday, including the always popular owl pellet dissection. Of late we have also been enjoying little owls, marsh harriers, kestrels and common buzzards on a daily basis. Please come along and visit us. Full details here
John Williamson. Creake Abbey.