Tag Archives: Attenborough

Egyptian Goose

More waterfowl – this time an Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) :

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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.

 

Emerald Damselfly

Another excellent close-up from Nic Cairns – an Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa), photographed at Attenborough Nature Reserve…..

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Thanks to Nic for the photo.

Another new species at Attenborough – March Moth

This time, it’s a moth that’s been found for the first time at Attenborough Nature Reserve…..

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It’s a March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) – beautiful when seen close-up.

 

New plant at Attenborough

A plant has been recorded at Attenborough Nature Reserve for the first time : Winter Aconite.

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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.

Reed Bunting at Attenborough

Here’s a great photo by Michael Hewson of a Reed Bunting at Attenborough nature reserve….

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The photo is on Attenborough’s facebook page, which often features excellent pics of the reserve and its wildlife.

Visiting Attenborough

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…..

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Well worth a visit!