Flora survey completed by Chris Kennedy, BTCV on 13th August,
2008.


We could not complete an accurate survey due to the weather but
did identify a small number of trees (willow-goat and crack,
sycamore, hawthorn, ash, and elder).


Any conservation work done in the future I would ensure more trees
are planted such as oak and silver birch.


Silver birch are excellent trees in terms of conservational value. I
would also plant some alders if possible as these will enrich the soil
greatly.


Wildflowers we found:-
                                  Sneezewort
                                  Redshank
                                  White dead nettle
                                  Mayweed
                                  Shepherds purse
                                  Red clover
                                  Common toadflax
                                  Common mouse ear
                                  Scented mayweed
                                  Common figwort
                                  Great willow herb
                                  Rose bay willow herb
                                  Himalayan balsam

 

Although only a few of these have been seen, we are assured that all these types of insects should be seen in a British pond.

Those that have been seen are marked SEEN ( please let us know if you have seen any others ).

 

 

 

 

                                SEEN                                                                    SEEN

 

 

 

 

                                SEEN

 

 

                                SEEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

We surveyed the area as previously. That is taking in birds seen or heard up to the top of the surrounding

banks and to the stepping stones at the northern end.

Birds flying over were not included, unless clearly using the area.

Weather conditions:

Still, sunny, temperature 0 degrees centigrade when

we started at 8.40am (ended 9.40am)

Birds present in alphabetical order:

Blackbird

Chaffinch

Crow, Carrion

Duck, Tufted

Dunnock

Goldfinch

Greenfinch

Gull Black-headed

Magpie

Mallard

Moorhen

Robin

Thrush, Song

Tit, Blue

Tit, Great

Tit, Long-tailed

Woodpigeon

Wren

Comments:

Good numbers of Greenfinch present today.

Song Thrushes were feeding on Ivy berries.

A dog walker mentioned having seen a Kingfisher flying along the length of the lake on several occasions since October.

Kingfisher was absent from the list today. Clearing bank side vegetation could discourage this species.

We are interested to know why Acer Campestre was planted beside the channel, as normally native plants are used on reserves.


Due to lack of sufficiently qualified volunteers we are unable to offer coaching courses at the moment.

However we have been able to offer short "Fishing Taster" sessions, for both adults and juniors, at recent events, so please see the diary to find if there are any events coming up.


Here is a collection of images from the angling coaching sessions run on Saturday mornings of the school summer holidays in 2009.

All the young people completed their "Kingfisher Basic Angling Skills" award.

We finished off the coaching course with a match between the students, this was won by Jordan.

Well done to all and thanks to Ian & Don, the Coaches, for all their hard work.

  Students gathered before the course
 All received basic instructions on fishing and safety before things started.
   The club supplied the kit for each student.
 
But everybody enjoyed the course, just look at the concentration and smiles as they display their catches.
 
 
Winner and Runner-up got a "Certificate" and a "Goody Bag".
 
 Junior Winner
 
 Junior Runner up
 
 
All the students got a Certificate, Badge and Trophy.
 
 

We surveyed the area as in quarters 1and 2. That is taking in birds seen or heard up to the top of the surrounding banks and to the stepping stones at the northern end.

Birds flying over were not included, unless clearly using the area.

Weather conditions:

Still, cloudy, temperature 15 degrees centigrade when

we started at 8am (ended 9.15am)

Birds present in alphabetical order:

Blackbird

Blackcap

Chaffinch

Crow, Carrion

Dunnock

Goldfinch

Greenfinch

Gull Black-headed

Heron, Grey

Kingfisher

Magpie

Mallard

Moorhen

Robin

Thrush, Song

Tit, Blue

Tit, Great

Tit, Long-tailed

Willowchiff (Could not be positively identified as a Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler)

Woodpecker, Green

Woodpigeon

Wren

Comments:

It was good to see a Kingfisher flying in from the river and using the channel past the stepping stones, continuing

towards the lake.

Today’s visit once again showed the value of the bushy area to the west of the lake where there were good

numbers of common species. It seems that some Willow could be invading the area which might be an issue to

consider if the habitat is to be maintained.

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