Our two latest foals and some of the last to be born at kingfishers for a while, as we now have optimal numbers for the needs of the reserve. Maximus our stallion has now been victimised in order to stop physical results of breeding but to allow the group to continue acting socially as a breeding heard.
Construction of the willow hide has begun, fortunately unhindered by the snow only making the ground a little unwelcoming. Using off cuts of the old willow hide that was crushed during storm Doris by the poplar's, hopefully with the groundwater rising it should take well.
kingfishers bridge has its second fall of snow this year although heavier than seen in a long time, and really brings out the beauty of the fens.
The warbler wood at present, we have now finished earth works on the former poplar plantation for this year. Really happy with the outcome in trying to create the most natural looking water bodies possible. Next we will begin forming a low scrub woodland to help further attract many members of the warbler family.
Also created during the earth works is a small mound which within the next year will become The Wader Watch, a screen hide over looking the wader meadow as shown in the example picture below.
We are looking forward to further works on the rest of the former poplar plantation nearest the lake, once the timber has been removed in the new year.
The new water bodies around the earth mound are just about finished. The new scrape will flood during the winter when ground water levels rise but is able to hold some permanent water at it's base right through the summer.
Hoping to attract a great range of invertebrates for the area. The top of the mound consisting of loose soil for species who like to dig their own burrows, with large boulders at the base creating cracks and crevasses for those species who like to make use of the shelter already formed at the base.
The pond is fully clay lined and can be artificially filled from the river to give us another guaranteed water body even in very dry periods such as we've had over the last 2 summers.
The Black bird chicks in our tractor are continuing to grow rapidly with the increase in insects flying in this hot weather. the breeze today is very welcome for them and us; sitting under a metal engine cover cannot have been pleasant yesterday!
After clearing some more of the rubbish the pools of water along the river bank are settling nicely!
The water levels in the reed beds are significantly lower than normal for this time of the year, up to 24" in some places! This means a lot of the normal nesting areas are unusable however there are still suitable habitats in other areas for the bitterns, bearded tits and hopefully cranes!
Reserves Manager at the Kingfishers Bridge wetland creation project in Cambridgeshire.