Trip reports

HICKLING BROAD NWT RESERVE June 22nd 2015

HICKLING BROAD NWT RESERVE June 22nd 2015
Pat Chilvers

Monday, 22 June 2015

However the 12 of us who met at the centre were rewarded with some good wildlife, not all of which wore feathers. At the first hide we were rewarded with a sight of a walking bittern well seen by Howard and
en-route to the next hide were delighted to see two freshly emerged swallowtail butterflies nectaring on the marsh thistles. At the next hide and an escape from the second downpour we had good views of a wood sandpiper and a pair of lapwings chasing off a pair of marsh harriers, the lapwings won. On the way to the tower hide and again an escape from a downpour there were some 'woolly bears', the large hairy larva of the garden tiger moth. These larvae have masses of extremely fine lairs that can easily penetrate your skin and give you some painful results, so leave well alone, although cuckoos can feed on them. At the last hide the bittern hide we didn't see any cranes but four members recorded a buzzard, the other members were keener on getting to their lunch, so missed out on that 'tick'. Back at the visitor centre we were given a fleeting glance of a yellow hammer in the edge of the woodland. It was not the greatest number of species seen, less than 40, but a wood sandpiper, yellow hammer, swallowtail butterflies, lapwings seeing off marsh harriers and woolly bears and a bittern what it lacks in numbers probably makes up in quality.

Alan Beaumont