Tag Archives: The Meadows

Ruddy Shelduck

More ducks…..this time a less-commonly seen species….

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These are Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), a species native to South-East Europe, Asia and North Africa.  They are sometimes seen in the UK, but rarely breed here, and most birds here are escapes from captive populations where they are kept as ‘ornamentals’.  So, an interesting sight on the Trent, where these were spotted by Nic Cairns, near Trent Bridge.

Thanks to Nic for the photo.

Bug Hotel in the Meadows

After admiring a Bug Hotel in Stapleford recently, I was pleased to see another example in the Meadows :

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This one is at Arkwright Meadows Community Garden, right in the middle of the Meadows housing estate – a real asset in a built-up area.