The buffalo have been moved out of the reedbed and onto the Confused Flood for the winter now, their job is done! They've only been in compartment 3 for a few weeks but they've made quite an impact; opening up tracks into the pools and thinning out the reed. The real benefit will be seen in the spring when the new reed growth comes through, with "rivers" criss-crossing the reedbed joining all the pools and forming perfect feeding areas for Bittern. They have also had a good go at controlling the scrub willows, maintaining the willows at this size should provide valuable habbitat within the reeds without providing perching points for predators. Through the winter the shores of the pools that have been opened up will be perfect habitiat for feeding Snipe.
A miserable evening as this was, there was quite an impressive sight at the entrance to the reserve; approximately 1700 Martins gathering to leave for warmer climes. It is unusually late in the year to still have Martins about in such large numbers although it looks as though this is soon to end, what a way to say a final goodbye!
It's feeling more and more like Autumn as the days go on, with the last couple of cooler nights the numbers of wildfowl using the reserve has increased dramatically. There are now many more ducks on the Lake and the goose flights are now very impressive. For the latest bird reports see Sightings.
All that time spent Trundling up and down topping the thistles has been worth it, the clover and finch food is flowering with more flower spikes on the way, incredible when you think it was only drilled a short time ago. These crops should be self sustaining now, seeding themselves for the next year. Last year we had large numbers of linnets and corn buntings using padney field, it is looking very good for improving on that success this coming
Reserves Manager at the Kingfishers Bridge wetland creation project in Cambridgeshire.