Trip reports

North Cove Suffolk Wildlife Trust 23 May 2019

North Cove Suffolk Wildlife Trust 23 May 2019
Andrew Chilvers

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Seven nature lovers gathered at the North Cove Suffolk Wildlife Trust on a beautiful sunny morning to walk round this very small nature reserve of only 16 hectares.

Ironically, this remnant of a lost wetland landscape, which is owned by the Blower family but managed by the Trust and the Beccles Bird Club, probably owes its continued existence to hunters. It was this interest that likely ensured the survival of the alder-carr woodland that once fringed the entire Waveney valley.
Walking through the wood at the beginning of the trail we encountered only a few of the common birds like blue tit, great tit, blackbird, robin, wren and jay. We then came to the flower meadow where lady's smock was growing in abundance.
Flying over the meadow were female scarce chasers and a female broad bodied chaser, blue damselflies, orange tip butterflies, green veined white butterflies and a rather worn peacock butterfly. We were also able to look at a hornet lying on a leaf in the sun which is something you don't see often
We followed the path to the hide where, as there were only seven of us, were all able to get into it comfortably. We put some bird seed out on the bird table and were treated to some very close views of pheasants, blue tit, great tit, robin, chaffinch and marsh tit.
Following the path again one of the party spotted a male broad bodied chaser basking on a leaf in the sunshine and we were all able to view it for some time marvelling at the beauty of the colours. Walking on we followed a freshly mown winding trail through another meadow where we saw a small copper butterfly and a gatekeeper butterfly. The last part of the walk was by the side of the railway track back to the reserve entrance.
It was a very enjoyable morning; of course the weather being so good helped enormously.
Thank you to all the folk who came on the walk, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Pat Chilvers

Bird species seen,
Jay, blackbird, robin, wren, blue tit, great tit, chaffinch, coal tit, marsh tit, great spotted woodpecker, pheasants, buzzard.

Butterflies seen,
Orange tip, green veined white, peacock, small copper, gatekeeper, brimstone, red admiral.

Dragonflies seen
scarce chaser
broad bodied chaser ( male and female.)

Damselflies seen,
blue and red.

Birds heard,
cuckoo
blackcap
long tailed tits