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Helen Skelton and the Countryfile Team visit Watchtree

February 2, 2017

On Sunday the 5th of February, local beauty spot; Watchtree Nature Reserve, will feature on the BBC1 prime time show Countryfile. Filming took place for the special ‘Feathered Friends’ edition of the show in mid-January. Producers were attracted to the reserve due to the impressive murmaration of starlings which perform their enchanting displays over the …

Christmas Closing 2017

November 6, 2016

Please note we will be closed for a short break over the Christmas period. This is to allow our staff and volunteers a hard earned break.                                                 Closed from Christmas Eve to …

Ringing – October 16

October 29, 2016

Two catches were made on Thursday 20th October in the Wetlands and today Monday 24th October in the NE Corner. As usual a very good species list and today it was nice to capture two Redwing, the first for several years. From appearances, weight and wing length we think some of the Blackbirds are migrants from the …

Check out our 2016 Events Programme

April 28, 2016

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August 21, 2015

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Moth Blog – July

August 1, 2015

Two moth traps were set out at Watchtree on 29th July, the second of the two moth-trapping sessions I do every month from March to October.  This year’s moth trapping has been distinctly poor, low numbers of moths and far fewer species than one would expect in a “normal” year.  The poor weather and less …

Bird Ringing Blog -July

July 28, 2015

Bird Ringing Report – July We have ringed on four occasions during July and have captured 155 birds of 24 species.  Of this total 22 were birds ringed on previous visits, or re-traps as they are termed. Willow Warblers -As usual top the list at 37 of which 8 were previously ringed. This includes one colour …

Butterfly / Moth Blog

June 27, 2015

Butterflies and moths Now that summer is here (allegedly!), the spring-flying  butterflies are all but over, so species such as Orange-tip, Dingy Skipper and the first generation of the “Whites”, Green-veined White, Small White and Large White, are now rarely seen. The overwintering species such as Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell will have now bred and …

Update on nesting birds

June 25, 2015

Catching up after a week away and I see our Oystercatchers have settled into Brian Bowes field, the chick is growing well. There is also a Curlew with a good sized chick in our neighbours field to the east side. There is still lots of best activity and checking Pow Wood today there is a …

Visitor Experience

May 16, 2015

An Experience Deer to my Heart I love visiting Watchtree Nature Reserve for many reasons. The facilities are top notch, the staff are all helpful and friendly and their selection of coffee and sweet goodies are the icing on the cake. The main reason why I always enjoy my visits however is the sheer number …

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