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Wild winter for birds
As the wicked winter weather recently caused havoc across the Atlantic we came off much luckier here. You need thermals and fingerless gloves to work here at times but it’s worth it when you can enjoy views like this out of your office window!
Undeterred by the biting cold Dr Anne Brenchley and Ian Spence led a Bird Identification Walk around the reserve on 30 January. NEWW members and their friends, 15 in all, braved the elements to walk the reserve armed with their binoculars to identify birds by sight and call. Despite some very challenging weather conditions at the outset it did stay dry for the duration of the walk and our enthusiasts were lucky enough to spot 25 different species of birds on the reserve, redpoll, bullfinch and lapwing being just a few.
Anne and Ian are two of our resident bird specialists. Ian is County Bird Recorder for NE Wales, and you will remember his very informative article in the autumn edition of Wildlife Matters. Anne is a regional rep. for the British Trust for Ornithology.
They are always happy to share their knowledge of birds and we are very lucky to have them. They will host another walk in March so watch this space and the website for further details.
I love the winter as it means spring is on the way and we can look forward to the green shoots of new growth popping through the earth.
The snowdrops are emerging already and it won’t be long before there is lush greenery in abundance and the long winter days will be very much a thing of the past.