More waterfowl – this time an Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) :
This is an African species, which has established feral populations (originally from escaped captive birds) in Eastern England. Despite its common name, it is not a goose but a duck, related to the Shelduck.
Thanks to Viv Crump for the photo, which was taken at Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Another excellent close-up from Nic Cairns – an Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa), photographed at Attenborough Nature Reserve…..
Thanks to Nic for the photo.
This time, it’s a moth that’s been found for the first time at Attenborough Nature Reserve…..
It’s a March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) – beautiful when seen close-up.
A plant has been recorded at Attenborough Nature Reserve for the first time : Winter Aconite.
Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is an attractive perennial, becoming reasonably common in woodlands. Although well-established in the wild, it’s not native, having been introduced (from southern Europe) as a garden plant in the 16th century. Although it’s an attractive plant and a useful early nectar source for insects, I imagine the Attenborough staff will be monitoring it as it has the potential to become invasive.
Here’s a great photo by Michael Hewson of a Reed Bunting at Attenborough nature reserve….
The photo is on Attenborough’s facebook page, which often features excellent pics of the reserve and its wildlife.
A visit to Attenborough Nature Centre is always a good reminder of the value of this great reserve, only a few miles from central Nottingham, and easily reached using public transport.
As a taster, here’s the great view from the Keith Corbett Memorial Hide, looking south-east towards the Trent…..
Well worth a visit!