Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest

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New Falling Sands Nature Area

It’s another day on the marsh, and I’m about to cross the small concrete bridge over Hoo Book, from Hoo Brook Pasture, on my way to the new nature …

Nature

The Answer To Life, The Universe And Everything

I find this time of year very exciting, as do many others I’m sure. Animals are digging new holes or clearing out and extending last year’s dens, …

Cosmology

A Brilliant Eveing For Toading On Wilden Marsh

The sky above Wilden Marsh was dark but clear this evening. A large, bright, full moon crept above Hoo Wood Hill, taking the edge off the darkness as …

Is The North Marsh Vixen Using This Badger Sett As Her Birthing Den?

Red Dog, the north marsh fox, is skulking about and looking worried. The vixen, however, is conspicuous by her absence. So has she denned? A search …

Waiting For The Growing Season To Get Into Gear

<b>(Tulip's calf, Beth, trying for a mid morning nap.)</b><p>The herd were back in the North Pasture when I arrived this morning, apart from Kevin the teenager …

Soft Touch

Waynetta made a real fuss today. She followed me all over the North Pasture bellowing and nudged me if she thought I was not taking notice of her. …

A Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve And Site Of Special Scientic Interest Ground Condi

Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve on 1st April 2017; the meteorological first day of spring. To save and mark the day I consider as being the start of the …

Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve And Great Crested Newt

Great Crested Newts, the UK’s most protected amphibian, are loved by many naturalists and rather less so by some property developers. Unfortunately, …

From Top Field Wood To The Riverside Pasture, Via The Orchid Field

The cattle have stood about twiddling their hooves in the Top Field, doing nothing constructive, and complaining a lot; they were getting physical …

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)

The shrub, with its savage thorns, is traditionally used in Britain and other parts of Northern Europe to make a cattle-proof hedge.<p>The fruit is …

Scarlet Elf Cap

Sarcoscypha coccinea, commonly known as the scarlet elf cup, scarlet elf cap, or the scarlet cup, is a species of fungus in the family …

Arfur Frog

Today was a Wilden Marsh Workday in the Top Field alongside Wilden Lane - the field the cattle have been living in and dining on hay for the past two …

Beth Must Have Heard Me Talking About New Grass In The Flooded Wood Pasture. (3

The cattle are still in the North Pasture. They are eagerly grazing, not standing about wasting their time or mine, and they are not complaining …

Fox Den

I mentioned in a previous post a possible fox den I had found whilst photographing herons in the North Pasture.<p>The cattle have checked it out, left …

Now Where Did The Man With The Camera Go?

There was plenty of noisy activity at the heronry today, but the herons saw me first and ducked into their nests. I ducked behind the riverbank …

Sales, Marketing,Property Development And Hotel Management (4 Images)

Being manager of The Wilden Marsh Insect Hotel is not a feet up on the desk, telling others what to do, and waiting for the salary cheque to arrive …

Employment

Improving The Environment

(7 images)<p>We held a Volunteer Taster Day at Wilden Marsh today. The weather forecasters promised dark skies and nonstop heavy rain. In spite of this …

Remembrance Day

Insect Hotel In Sought After Location. Book Early To Avoid Disappointment!

Back in October 2014, with help from the Wilden Marshers, I built an insect hotel (basically a square log pile with a waterproof roof) from willow …

Nature

Importance Of Log Pile Habitats

Log pile habitats are essential to thousands of invertebrate species, fungi, lichen, birds and bats, not to mention all the other things that live …

Habitats

The Herd Now Living On Wilden Marsh

The herd now grazing Wilden Marsh consists of two belted Galloway (brother and sister Wayne and Waynetta) and twelve Shetland cattle.<p>Belted Galloway …

Wildlife

Wildlife Groups

Local wildlife groups are wonderful resources and ideal places to begin research into all kinds of local and foreign wildlife related subjects and …

Wildlife

Wakey-Wakey

What to do and how to face an overcast and misty Saturday when the forecast promises miserable weather for the rest of the day? I suppose a person …

Lingerie

Downstream, Across The River Stour, And 2017

WARNING! This post contains graphic sexual content involving an old dog and a foxy lady.<p>Washed out greens and browns are the colours of Wilden Marsh …

Nature

Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve On 2nd January 2016

The temperature on Wilden Marsh this morning hovered around 0 degrees Centigrade. All puddles, the cattle’s drinking holes, the GCN ponds, the …

Nature

Shooting Herons

My camera traps are recording as much people activity as wildlife on Wilden Marsh island at the moment. Although people carrying high powered air …

Wildlife

Next Breeding Season At Wilden Marsh Heronry

I have great hopes for another successful breeding season at Wilden Marsh heronry next year, especially after the recent improvement work carried out …

Nature

Survival Instinct

I think Wayne and Waynetta, the belted Galloway cattle, have stronger survival instincts than any of the twelve Shetlands of the herd.<p>The Galloways …

Eking Out A Winter Living On Wilden Marsh

In past years it’s been difficult stretching the winter grazing on Wilden Marsh through to the lush new grasses of spring with nine cattle, without …

How To Save A Fox's Dinner

As is often the case on Wilden Marsh, the best way to see animal activity is to stop, look, and listen. This is exactly what I did one evening …