Summer colour

When the dazzling colours of a drake Mandarin are starting to look a bit ragged we’re certainly heading into the quieter weeks of bugs and plants.
Two Mandarins were out on the green waters at Mere Sands this afternoon as Kingfishers hurtled about the edges of the lagoons, and the woods held Treecreepers, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Gtr ‘Pecker, but oddly no Nuthatch as I wandered about (one was calling at Ainsdale Station yesterday and at Dempsey Towers this morning, but hidden by the summer canopy).

Another Mandarin was lurking under the overhanging branches from the Redwing Hide this afternoon, and Common Terns chased off over-curious Herring Gulls and Lesser Black Backs.

Yesterday on a guided walk through the dunes at Hightown, two Groppers were still reeling and three flotillas of Shelduck young were out on rising tide on the Alt estuary, although gulls were picking off any that got separated from the safety of the brood.

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  1. Survey results released this week reveal that sightings of our amphibious garden wildlife such as frogs and toads are drying up, with the RSPB calling on people across Cheshire to help them by getting outside this summer to create more ponds and pools in their outdoor space.
    Results from the RSPB’s wildlife survey, which is part of the Big Garden Birdwatch, show that frogs had been seen in more than three-quarters of gardens across Cheshire. Despite being one of the most common non-bird garden visitors, seen at least monthly in over 40% of gardens in the county, this was 15% fewer regular sightings than the last time they were surveyed in 2014.
    This pattern was similar for toads who were seen in over 20% of Cheshire outdoor spaces on a monthly basis, an alarming 23% fewer gardens than four years ago. The survey included results from more than 3800 Cheshire gardens.
    Dr Daniel Hayhow, RSPB Conservation Scientist, said: “Most people remember seeing tadpoles at the local pond or a toad emerging from under a rock while they were growing up – these first experiences with nature stay with us forever. Unfortunately, the sights and sounds of wildlife that were once common to us are sadly becoming more mysterious.
    “There are lots of simple things we can all do in our outdoor spaces to make them perfect for wildlife. Frogs and toads are amphibious creatures meaning that they need a source of water close to their homes to survive. Creating a small pond in your garden, or a pool using a washing up bowl is so simple to do and could make all the difference.”
    Other results from the survey revealed a small increase in the number of recorded sightings of hedgehogs. Despite the UK population suffering widespread declines in recent decades, over 65% of people spotted one in Cheshire gardens over the past year.
    Foxes remained one of the other most common garden visitors with one being spotted in over 60% of gardens and outdoor spaces in Cheshire, while more secretive creatures such as grass snakes, red squirrels and great-crested newts escaped much of the county’s gaze.
    Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey and takes place each year on the last weekend in January. The RSPB asks people to count the birds in their garden or outdoor space over the course of one hour at any point in the weekend to get an idea of how our feathered friends are getting on.
    By taking part in the RSPB’s Wild Challenge, families can have fun, engaging in activities ranging from building a pool for amphibians to bug safaris, taking their first steps on their own wild adventure. There are 24 activities to choose from that will take you from your own back garden to exploring towns, cities, woodlands and even the coast.
    The RSPB’s ambition is for Wild Challenge to help more families across the country reap the benefits of spending time outside in nature. Research has shown that children who have a healthy connection to nature are more likely to benefit from higher achievement at school, better mental and physical health, and develop stronger social skills.
    To learn more about the RSPB Wild Challenge and to see how you can take your firsts steps on your own wildlife adventure, visit http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildchallenge

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