Just a quick plug for our big event on this coming Wednesday
Treasures of the Thames:
A Victorian Day Out!
Join the Thames Discovery Programme and friends for a day of interactive family fun. Free activities based around the history and archaeology of the River Thames.
Wednesday June 1, 11am– 3pm.
11.30am: Focusing on the history of the local area, River Thames and military history.
2pm: A unique interactive family walk, join your very own Victorian guide and delve into the Victorian life and times.
RSPB Members £2.00, Non-members £3.00 Wildlife Explorer members £1.50, non-members: £3 per sheet. Includes reserve entry price. Booking for walks essential. Please ring 01708 899840
I took this picture last week of a single Field Bindweed flower. It was not till I put it on the pc that I realised that it was covered in tiny furry, velvet Red Spider Mites! they are all feasting on the pollen. It is all about scale!
It is 4.14 in the morning and the third dawn chorus walk has just gone out led by our ever dedicated volunteers. It is still pretty dark but the sky is brightening to the east and the wind is moving the grey clouds along. The Reed Warblers and Skylarks were already in song when I got here about 2.30 and in the last ten minutes Blackbirds, Robins, Wrens and Reed Buntings have all joined in.
I have not been in since Thursday and it would be nice to think that the wonderful rain on Thursday evening and during Friday will have perked things up a little on the reserve. I know that it will not have refilled the scrapes but it was starting to feel like late summer out there and no early spring.
Our Little Ringed Plovers appear to still be around and some ditraction display was seen on Wednesday with the male trying to lure two Magpies away so fingers crossed.
Dave McGough managed some good shots.