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January 2015

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Great tit at birdtable

Big Garden Bird Watch weekend (24th/25th)

Hope you joined thousands of others and picked an hour over the weekend to discover the wildlife in your garden.

Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside. That's why it's so important to take part in surveys like Big Garden Birdwatch to keep an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where we live.

You didn't have to be a birder to take part - anyone could join in using the information on the RSPB's website. There were images of the birds you were likely to see plus info about using your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone to record your sightings. Of course, you could still fill out the paper form and send it in!

If you click on the link below, it will take you to the RSPB BGBW website pages for more info and how to submit your findings.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Redbridge Fishing Lakes

Redbridge Fishing Lakes

We fitted in a quick AGM before Gordon Bullock entertained us with the trials and tribulations of realising his dream.

Gordon manages Redbridge Lakes and has transformed it into a notable attraction for fishermen with another life as a nature reserve. He enjoyed fishing with his dad and spent years looking around the country for some land where he could create a fishing environment - eventually finding what he wanted on his doorstep.
It took many years of convincing authorities to let him go ahead and tackling a variety of problems before his plans came to fruition.

His obvious enthusiasm and determination shone through his talk - very necessary attributes given there was always another problem to be solved! He conveyed vividly images of him standing in water pegging turf around the edges of the lakes to prevent erosion, or soaking fish food in orange juice to improve the health of the fish.

Needless to say, as soon as the lakes contained fish, the herons and cormorants arrived to take advantage of this new food source! So Gordon had to construct fish refuges (areas in the lakes with structures where the birds could not dive to get at the fish). However, Gordon obviously delighted in watching wildlife arrive to this new habitat - he described watching the Common Terns swooping over the Lakes and Mute Swans taking up residence.
He has constructed other areas to try and encourage wildlife, hoping for Kingfishers, bats, hedgehogs and all manner of insects. Currently he is trying to create a wildflower meadow and is always open to new suggestions.

We have led walks starting at Redbridge Lakes - an excellent place to start and finish a walk given the cafe and loos!

If you click on the 'Download file' link, then you will see the striking poster that David (our Publicity officer) produced to advertise this talk.

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