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Top things to do in Spring

  1. Watch for the first summer visitors to arrive: sand martins and chiffchaffs
  2. Spring is the best time of year to listen to the dawn chorus
  3. Admire the spring flowers and blossoms

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Look for dragonflies and damselflies
  2. Watch swallows skimming over the water from the Lakeside Hide
  3. See butterflies and day-flying moths

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Walk around and soak up the autumn colours
  2. Listen and see hundreds of jackdaws flying to roost
  3. Search for fungi... but don't eat it!

Top things to do in Winter

  1. See winter visitors. Look for gorgeous goosanders and goldeneyes on the lake
  2. Experience the arrival of fieldfares and redwings on the reserve
  3. Search for secretive, camouflaged snipe

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  • Fox
  • Grey Heron - Juvenile
  • Coot & Chick
  • Grey Heron
  • View across the marsh pool
  • Bullfinch
  • Chaffinch coming in to land
  • Feeder frenzy

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