Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest

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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 …

Landscaping

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 …

Digital Media

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 Groups

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

Wakey-Wakey

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

Down Stream, 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

News Flash: Wilden Marsh Cattle Spotted Swimming Down The River Stour towards St

It seems that many people heard the heavy rain on Saturday night/Sunday morning; I didn't because I was fast asleep in bed. It wasn't raining as I …

Lingerie

The Dangers Of Creeping About In Wilden Marsh Nighttime Mist

Feint sounds of merriment and energetic music occasionally drift down the bank from the West Midlands Safari Park at Bewdley, a few miles to the …

Nature

At Last The Tenant Farmer's Field

The three mothers are incredibly attentive to their calves; they stick together and won’t take any messing about from the Puxton Marsh cattle. It’s …

Agriculture

Why Do We Need To Graze Nature Reserves, And Why Don’t We Just Let Nature Do It’

The next job for the cattle when they’ve finished with the south marsh entrance section, is grazing the <b>Tenant Farmer’s Field</b> (3.2 acres), which …

Nature

Another Promising Day On Wilden Marsh

I moved the cattle to the entrance section of the south marsh yesterday, where there is a small amount of decent grazing and they can welcome the two …

Domestic Abuse

Tortoiseshell Butterflies

Tortoiseshell butterflies usually began to emerge from their pupa from mid June into August. They begin hibernation sometime in October and …

Social Media

Diptera

Diptera go through a complete metamorphosis with four distinct life stages – egg, larva, pupa and adult. In many flies, the larval stage is long and …

Flies

Flies are capable of great maneuverability during flight due to the presence of the halteres. These act as gyroscopic organs and are rapidly …

Aerospace

TB Testing On Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve

https://youtu.be/L88BXprtbik<p>Well that's TB testing at Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve over for another year; fortunately, all the cattle were …

Tulips

Spike.

Spike, my Welsh cocker spaniel field dog, has an excellent singing voice. He only sings at home, though, because he is not allowed to bark outside …

Drinking

Portrait of a Carthorse

Feeding, caring, and shoeing of a one-ton carthorse is costly. The carthorse’s metabolism is often similar to that of ponies, in that they have lower …

Healthy Eating

Acorn Weevils

I shot this weevil in Hoo Wood this evening, and it's the first one I've seen this year. Curculio is a genus of weevils belonging the family …

Cookbooks