site for finer detail. The weekend coincided with the barrier being crossed of 650 species of moth now recorded at the reserve due to much perseverance and specialist knowledge both from here and beyond.
That said our entomology guys have still to put a name to all species on the reserve:
However with all the people about the worry may be that the wildlife may have been forgotten in proceedings or sent on its way. As it happened we had some smart species around - in addition to the tawny owls which were the main show stealers all weekend.
Predation is still an issue; Last edition we reckoned foxes, and they are still most likely. However a mink carrying young has been seen since and could account for a lot (hopefully not for long). To try and salvage some success we attempted to ring electric fence a common tern attempting to nest on the marsh. Whilst one team cleared hide views another went to secure the nest which had been observed sitting at 8am - minimising disturbance of occupants by doing everything in one go. On arrival at 11am no adults were in attendance and the volunteers found this:
As such this summer is much about evidence gathering; If you witness predation or predators on the marsh please pass the information on or enter it in the sightings books. The more info we have hopefully the better defences we can establish this winter.
Not breeding either (though chance would be a fine thing) - little gulls have been a fixture - up to five 1st summers - Roy Lyon:
Another less documented success has been grey herons for the 2nd year. Various jurrasic period squawks from the trees near north marsh betrayed one and probably 2 nests. They were active all summer - Darren Smith: