October 2019 – Reserve

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8 Nov 2019

Our Reserve Manager, Richard, reflects on October 

In a month awash with unseasonally warm days and a hefty amount of rain, we’ve noticed some surprisingly late visitors to the reserve.

Two swallows were reported on 13th October – the latest record we have ever had for swallows – and on warm days we continue to see flying insects like hornet and migrant hawker dragonflies. On 10th October we even spotted three species of butterfly!

October also brought the first wigeon to the scrape, redwings in the woods (over 200 were recorded on one day mid-month) and plenty of fungi across the site including the striking red and white of fly agaric, pale lilac of wood blewit, the green cap of verdigris agaric and lots of parasol mushrooms in the meadows.

Verdigris Agaric: Photography by Steve Chapman 

Thanks to our corporate volunteers from Aviva and DWP we managed to successfully cut and clear most of the wildflower meadow before flooding on the 7th submerged it for the first time this season.

In an effort to allow the River Wensum to flow better during the winter months we have been working alongside a contractor to cut the vegetation out of the river. This will hopefully improve the river flow and reduce risk of flooding.

Cutting and raking continued around the picnic area and the scrub season started with work on the scrape and along the river.

Due to flooding the longhorns have remained on the rushy marsh and the sheep are on the crane meadow until the ground conditions improve on the wildflower meadow, where they will eventually be moved.