I met with British Waterway's ecologist, Mark Robinson, this evening - it was very encouraging to chat to him about the habitat and exchange views about how the site could be improved for both wildlife and visitors. I look forward to contributing further to this ongoing process and I will continue to monitor the site over the coming summer - feeding back any observations so that sympathetic management can be carried out in future. We covered quite a few topics including:
- Reedbed enhancement - improving viewing opportunities into the sections of open water - rides and channels.
- Possible further scrapes and pools (depending on funds).
- Grassland maintenance and improving the floristic diversity.
- Some areas left 'rough' with Juncus and Carex and rank herbaceous vegetation.
- Hedgerows and scrub management
- Bird / Bat boxes plus other structures to encourage insects and mammals
- Security and access issues
The reeling Grasshopper Warbler
showed pretty well late on this evening for about 5 minutes before disappearing into the reedbed. A couple of Swifts
flew over, a Willow Warbler sang along the canal plus Grey Wagtail, singing Water Rails, Kingfisher, Raven, Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Swallow, Treecreeper and Goldcrest.
Bat flew over at dusk as well as the more numerous Pipistrelles.
It was also good to see some other fellow birders at the site - a Kestrel was seen (J Tibbets) plus a Cuckoo and a Hobby
were reported this morning (P & M Lewis).