Hey big ears!!

A good day to walk the dog out on Plex today (I know I don’t have a dog – not that kinda dog).
With everything a bit late this year, and birds still popping up on Lundy, there is still an outside chance of Dotterel just (I’ve found ’em on the Withins in June before today).
But today wasn’t that day.
Water Avens looking wispily weird and wonderful, plus Northern Marsh Orchids pushing up in select colonies.
At Haskayne Cutting a Garden Warbler showed briefly then was chased off by the overly aggressive male Blackcap, (it was even hassling Whitethroats, do behave).
That’s what being territorial means I guess.

Too early to be getting botanical yet though, so I headed back out onto the open fields.
I’m currently reading Ian Newton’s excellent, but sobering, New Nat “Farming and Birds”.
I just hope they’re not reading it too.

A few Yellowhammers about, and Whitethroats conspicuous, while the usual early summer flocks of Herring Gulls and LBBs were foraging on the freshly tilled soils with Stock Doves, Woodpigeon and a few Mistle Thrush.
Season’s rolling on…

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  1. It’s National Volunteering Week (1-7 June) and the team at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, near Neston are appealing for help.
    The visitor facilities at Burton Mere Wetlands have been open for almost seven years and the small staff team is seeking additional volunteers to help with the attraction’s growing number of visitors. The site is already supported by a fantastic team of volunteers but is now seeking more to provide all visitors with a consistently high quality experience as they arrive at the reserve.
    Dan Trotman, Visitor Experience Manager at Burton Mere Wetlands said: “We’ve had a brilliant few years since we opened, with the reserve going from strength to strength in all areas; new wildlife has colonised and resident populations have flourished and grown in number. Similarly, our number of visitors has grown from around 30,000 per year in 2013 to over 40,000 now. That means we need more volunteers to help meet and greet visitors as they arrive at our unique reception building, which boasts spectacular views across the reserve and offers the chance to see a great variety of different wildlife.
    “We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers, with excellent people skills, to be trained to give visitors of all ages a great welcome to the reserve, ensuring every visitor gets the most from their visit, and encouraging them to support the RSPB’s vital conservation work.”
    For anyone interested in this or other volunteering opportunities at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, enquire by email deeestuary@rspb.org.uk or telephone 0151 353 2720. For more information on the reserve and its activities, check out the website http://www.rspb.org.uk/burtonmerewetlands


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