Cromwell Bottom

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Calling All Bird Brains

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                     ACROSS


1Which furry birds with long tails look like little flying mice
6Which common bird in the crow family is renowned for pinching things
8Which bird of prey feeding on grassland small mammals hovers over the tag loop
9what bird living in the lagoon vegetation is sometimes seen at the bird area
12What kind of birds seen on water ski lake are trained to catch and fetch fish
15what large grazing bird can be seen on grass at Brookfoot and on the Lagoon
16what family of bird does the Chiffchaff belong too ?
18which nocturnal bird of woodland is common in the surrounding reserve wwodlands
19which spectacular Regal blue bird flies along the River seeking food
20Which is the firstt early spring warbler to return to Cromwell
23what are the small grey brown colourless birds that always seem to feed on the ground at the bird table
24Which huge birds nesting in trees near the entrance to cromwell stands still fishing the river
25which bird flocks in what is called a Murmuration
26what type of bird is a Smew

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2Which yaffling bird can be seen in grassland near woodland feeding on ants
3What bird is also known as a peewit
4which black and white bird pops its head in and out of water at the weir
5Which Common Bird is associated with Christmas
7what bird with flicking tail can be seen on the River at the Bailey bridge feeding on insects
10what bird symbol of the RSPB is also a factory close to cromwell Bottom
11which fish eating duck is seen on the Calder at Cromwell Bottom
13What shy but colourful bird in the Crow family visits the Bird Area for pea nuts
14which bird was traditionally known as a pest of orchards eating early treebuds
17which melodic singing passerine has a library of 100 tunes of which it sings 8 or so in the evenings
21which bird was made famous in a beetles song singing in the night
22What small bird of hedgerow with upright tail and has aloud voice and is known as Jenny

Friday, 25 March 2016

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Blooming Spring

In Bloom

Broom
Butterbur
Dandilion
Promrose
Dafodil
Blackthorn
Flowering Currant
Marsh Marigold
Alternate leave Saxifrage

Butterbur

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In Leaf

Colts Foot
Hogweed
Nettle

Silky Wall Feather-moss Homalothecium sericeum

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Life At The Bottom

As Always Cromwell Bottom presents a new  record everyday. With recent floods this Swan Mussel at Cromwell Lock was swept from the mud

These Mussels on the Riverine Foorprint of our LNR are seen less frequently living in the mud of slow flowing canals and river and a re a close relative of the freshwater mussel


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 A typical Life cycle

typical life cycle



Wednesday, 9 March 2016

More Botanical Records

A  mid week walk this week documented more species to the Records on the reserve

This included a small localised spot of Lords and Ladies and the Great Scented Liverwort as well as Pellia_sp  possihly epiphylla another Liverwort but needs detailed field examination to be exact

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Pollen counts begin to rise with the flowering spring trees such as Alder

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http://www.bbsfieldguide.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdfs/liverworts/Pellia_epiphylla.pdf

Also inconspicuously flowering is the Alternative Leaved Sazifrage and leaves of Butterbur and Hogweed are now appearing

Bittercresses are also comming through - and together with the other Brassicacea  will be foodplants for the early first generation of Spring Butterfly such as the Orange Tips

A Tremella sp Jelly Fungi was also found on tree bark and also evident at a previous spot norably coloured for this time of year the Scarlet Elf Cup Sarcoscypha sp



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On the Bird front a young Swan has returned to the Canal likely looking for a Mate The ring is visible.

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Anticipated soon will be the early bumblebees and solitary bees which may have sufferred from the recent floods

On Tues a young female Pike of about 12 LB or more was recorded at Brookfoot Lock


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