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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
The weekly update from the cress beds: a pair of egrets, captured by the trailcam, feeding on the scrape
Of course the heron is still there too
And the fox is there at night. Evidenced by a pair of pricked up ears!
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
This week the heron was patrolling the scrape again. It's often there, foraging for frogs
But the most videos we had were of the foxes, like this one of a single animal, and the one below, of two foxes.These animals look extremely healthy, but a dead fox was recently found in the cress beds.
Monday, 5 October 2015
For all the details and some lovely photos, head over to Ben's blog HERE.
Friday, 2 October 2015
Sunday, 26 July 2015
I recorded the Trust's first ever Crescent moth yesterday [24/07/2015] at Gadespring. It currently only breeds at Tring Reservoirs and Sawbridgeworth marsh. Its food plant is the Yellow Iris. We have lots of this so just maybe a colony is starting here. It’s all down to regular recording to prove. I have also recorded the rare Obscure Wainscot again twice there this year as well and now think they are breeding on our phragmites.
For more on the Crescent moth, see HERE
For more on the Obscure Wainscot, see HERE
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Over the weekend, Elaine was back at Gadespring. From the hide, she had wonderful views of a Little Egret, feeding up close. Out on the pools, a glistening, golden young Common Frog posed for a brilliant photograph.
|© Elaine Rushton|
|© Elaine Rushton|
Friday, 3 July 2015
|2 Juvenile Kingfishers at Gadespring © Elaine Rushton|
(Shot at ISO6400 in very low light)
I wasn’t able to go to the Gadespring Open Day last Sunday but Elaine Rushton let me know the good news that the Kingfisher family had joined in. On the previous day, Elaine had spotted 3 Kingfishers together and was able to photograph 2 of them after the third took flight. It transpired that the 2 posing for photographs were this year’s offspring, maturing well and seemingly catching fish that were rather tricky to a) kill and b) get down! It’s wonderful news that this species continues to thrive on the river Bulbourne and bring that little bit of magic into our days when we happen to encounter them.
| © Elaine Rushton|| © Elaine Rushton|
Features of juvenile Kingfishers:
- Dark brown/red feet rather than bright, light red
- Dark "mucky orange" breast feathers rather than orange
- All juveniles have all-black bills so it's not possible to sex them at this age
- White tip to bill because it can take time for the pigment to develop. This feature can last into adulthood so some caution is needed.
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Sunday 28th June: Gadespring Cressbeds Open DayHosted by the Trust's conservation volunteers, this is an opportunity to visit this fascinating site and see the new scrape and bird hide. Times: 10am - 2pm. Drop-in session - no need to book.
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Monday, 6 April 2015
Discovered at the weekend by David K, both Common Frogs (Rana temporaria) and Common Toads (Bufo bufo) have spawned and are still spawning on site. For a more detailed write up see The Embrace of Common Toads on the main Trust site.
It is important to note that Gadespring Cress Beds is still being developed & due to health & safety will only be available for access, other than to wildlife monitors & work parties, at organised events & at times when there is a weekend volunteer warden on duty. General public access is a possibility for the future & this could only happen once the wildlife hide is relocated after planning permission. Keep an eye on this website & blog, as well as the Box Moor Trust website, for details of open days & organised public events when you can visit & explore Gadespring.