Trip reports

Lemsford Springs & Panshanger Park

Lemsford Springs & Panshanger Park
Geoff Mogg

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The first stop on this car trip was at Lemsford Spring, a charming and quiet Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust reserve where one gains access by borrowing the key from the warden's adjacent property. It has a fascinating array of habitats: shallow spring-fed lagoons, marsh, willow woodland, hedgerow and meadow.
Within a few yards of the entrance some of the group were immediately rewarded by glimpsing a Water Rail before it hid away in vegetation on the bank.
Highlights from the hides were lengthy and good views of Green Sandpipers and an occasional flash of Kingfisher. Feeding Moorhens were much in evidence, with adults chasing off this year's young birds.

Panshanger Park is a 1,000-acre site administered by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust situated between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford.
Parts of the site have been quarried for sand and gravel but much has now been restored to arable farming and a range of valuable wildlife habitats including a section of chalk river and a number of lakes.
On arrival packed lunches were enjoyed in the sunshine before an enjoyable stroll beside the lake. A highlight was seeing at least 10 Little Grebes quite close together while a buzzard flew overhead.