Trip reports

Field Trip to Parc Slip Nature Reserve

Field Trip to Parc Slip Nature Reserve
Angharad Jones

Sunday, 12 June 2016

At this time of year, you are not quite sure what you might see.... A group of eight of us set off from the car park on a bright sunny morning. Making our way towards the first hide, passing the wild flower meadows alongside the path, marsh and common spotted orchids were flowering well.

The first glance from the hide didn't seem promising but on the bank three pairs of canada geese with goslings appeared. We didn't really give them a second look, though it was interesting, as the geese started to enter the water, that you could see the various stages of development from a downy chick to a larger gosling showing strong markings. As we watched for a while, birds started appearing, little grebe and tufted duck.

Progressing on, a blackcap and goldcrest were heard but not seen. We checked out the Bittern Hide which was completely smothered with reeds. Arriving at the scrape and hides, there was not much water on the scrapes. Views from the Mary Gillham Hide, which is tall, allowed us to scan the area spotting a mixed flock of swallows and house martins, a sparrow hawk swooped below us and perched on a tree and not far away a couple of mallard emerged from the reeds.

Tracing our way back to the Centre for lunch, out on a newly cut field a mistle thrush was showing well and a lapwing. After lunch we made our way into the woods behind the Centre, the pond was overgrown. We had a good view of a young great spotted woodpecker and also a blue tit using a nest box. Back at the Centre the feeder gave us good views of bullfinches, siskin plus chaffinches and various tits. Looking skywards a red kite was circling. So all in all a very rewarding visit.

Hugh Harrison