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Bush Cricket Hunt 2017
Written by Felicity Jackson   
Sep 14, 2017 at 03:41 PM

On August 20, 2017, 16 of us met, as has become usual, outside the South Avenue entrance to the Reserve. We were lucky that the weather was dry and reasonably warm.

Bush cricket expert Jon Delf, from Shropshire, brought along a laptop and showed us some interesting information and illustrations of British bush cricket species, together with their songs - inaudible to me, but I managed to enhance these using a bat detector.

Again we were fortunate to have an impressive array of experts to assist us; as well as Jon, Professor Karim Vahed from Derby University, Steve Plant and Bill Grange.

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Our first Minibeast Hunt
Written by Hans Rieder   
Aug 12, 2017 at 01:22 PM

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The first mini beast hunt was held on the Nature Reserve on Sunday 21 May 2017, lead by Beverley Rhodes, local naturalist and wildlife expert.

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Spring Bird Walk 2017
Written by Keith Dodd   
Apr 25, 2017 at 04:29 PM


Paul Highman led 15 of us around the Nature Reserve on a cold bright calm morning, starting at 6 am.

A total of 30 species were seen/heard, including numerous warblers.

The highlights were a large flock of Sand Martins feeding over the river close to their nesting bank, and a magnificently coloured male Bullfinch in bright sunlight at the top of an ash tree.

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