Thanks to Vivien Crump for this nice photo of a fine display of Cowslips (Primula veris)…
The photo was taken at Raleigh Pond, believed to be an old clay pit fed by an underground spring. The pond lies in Harrison’s Plantation, a Wildlife Trust nature reserve in Wollaton.
Nic Cairns keeps the excellent photos coming….here’s one of a Jay (Garrulus glandarius), not the easiest bird to spot and photograph….
Jays are the most colourful of the British corvid species, and are thought to play an important role in the distribution of oaks – they feed on acorns, and may collect and hoard thousands in the autumn, some of which will be forgotten and germinate. Wollaton Park, where this Jay was photographed, is ideal habitat for these attractive birds.
Another photo from the RBRGHA allotments in Wollaton….
It’s a Common Toad (Bufo bufo), sheltering in a hole. Thanks to Viv Crump for the picture. Sadly the clearance of this wildlife-rich allotment site has started, so who knows what will become of this shy amphibian….its future is probably not so rosy.
Viv Crump sent in a picture of courting Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) on a bird feeder at the Wollaton RBRGHA allotments….
The pleasure at seeing these attractive birds is tempered by the concern that the clearance of the allotments for housing will disturb any attempt they make to nest…..
Bird feeders are a great way to attract birds to a garden, as this image of a male Siskin (Carduelis spinus) shows….
The Siskin is the smallest finch in Northern Europe, and is often seen in garden bird feeders in winter. Like all finches, it feeds on seeds. Thanks to Viv Crump for the photo, taken at RBRGHA allotments in Wollaton.
Another fine photo from Wollaton Park, courtesy of Nic Cairns. A male Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata :
Like some other ducks I’ve featured, the Mandarin isn’t native; it has been kept in ornamental parks, but has escaped and established itself in the wild. It definitely seems at home the parkland of Wollaton.
Here’s a fine picture of a pair of Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea) in courtship mode :
Thanks to Nic Cairns, who took the photo at Wollaton Park.
Vivien Crump sent in a nice picture of a female Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), taken on the RBRGHA allotment site in Wollaton….
Unfortunately the controversial development of the site is imminent, and some of the plots are now being cleared. How much longer will the site provide shelter for the Reed Bunting?
Regular contributor Viv Crump sent in a fine photo of a Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret):
The bird was seen on the Wollaton RBRGHA allotments. Redpolls have declined in numbers as land-use changes in the countryside have provided less suitable habitat for them, and are now species of high conservation concern. However, these attractive finches are becoming more frequently seen in cities, as they are finding gardens valuable feeding habitat. They are a good example of the importance urban areas can have for biodiversity. Unfortunately, as the RBRGHA site is threatened by development, the Redpolls stand to lose this piece of valuable habitat.
Another photo from the threatened RBRGHA allotments in Wollaton….
It’s a fine photo of a Green Woodpecker, Picus viridis, taken by Patrick Brundell. Thanks to Patrick for the contribution.