Trip reports

Gadespring, Hemel Hempstead, Sunday 29th January

Sunday, 29 January 2017

As mentioned in our last visit to Gadespring on 30th October 2016, Boxmoor Trust are in the process of developing the old watercress beds in Old Fishery Lane into a local nature reserve. The area called Gadespring is open on the last Sunday of every month from 11.00am to 2.00pm. Again an additional early bird watch from 8.30am to 10.30am took place.

At the time of the latest open day on 29th January some further changes had occurred with a 40 metre scrape excavated in the middle of the reserve. This is in preparation to erect another hide overlooking this area. Other areas have now been cleared and work has started to erect a fence alongside the path skirting the first scrape, overlooked by the existing hide.

Two song thrushes were in good voice heralding spring from the top of trees along the Bulbourne. The first scrape was quite quiet with just 2 moorhen under the feeders on which were great tit.

Another couple of song thrushes fought on the path.

Cormorant, little egret, black headed gulls, woodpigeon and carrion crow flew overhead.

Along the hedge next to the canal and in the scrub were redwing, blackbird, wren, magpie, blue and long tailed tits.

Mallard paddled below the weir at the end of the reserve.

Many thanks to David and Liz Warriner for arranging this session and I am sure they would welcome any help from anyone in our Local Group to assist them in the development of this site. Please contact Boxmoor Trust if you are interested to offer your help. Telephone number 01442 253300


Alan Corner, Mike Bassett, Derek and Jill Griffin, Micheal Doydge