Trip reports

Visit to Moore Nature Reserve, Warrington

Volunteer with children at the Osprey Centre, Loch Garten, Scotland

Saturday, 17 September 2011

3 of us were met by assistant warden AnneMarie at the reserve entrance with a sunny greeting and weather to match. She familiarised us with the Waste Recycling Group's ethos about the site which used a Rare sheep flock to help manage the reserve by eating young willow saplings. She showed us around the on the 200 acre site with 12 hides and 5 wooded pools, one with a reedbed, explaining this was hoped to encourage overwintering Bitterns along with a couple of other reserves in this area. About 37 bird species were seen of the usual types plus various butterflies, a fox showed well, other sightings were a Little Grebe still feeding 3 downy chicks, an overflying Raven, a Peregrine perched on a bridge parapet allowing good views - only the 2nd time AnneMarie had seen one the Reserve. Other birders said there was a Marsh Harrier about. Interesting plants included Small-flowered Evening Primrose and many colourful Fly Agarics were found. The reserve website gives the reserve history, other recent sightings etc. - see www.wrg.co.uk/page.php?article=711&name=Moore+Nature+Reserve. Many thanks to AnneMarie for giving up her day off to join us.
John and Christine Richardson