Polytunnels are growing places

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Release date:  Tue, 17/07/2018 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  It’s been a bumper summer in the Brockholes polytunnel with Lindsay Griffiths and her fellow volunteers providing lots of wild and wonderful plants. The polytunnel has always been an excellent nursery for reeds, grown for sale to other nature reserves and agencies, including the Canal and River Trust. Reeds started at Brockholes now form parts of reedbeds on the reserve and many others in Lancashire. Lindsay has been particularly keen to grow wild flowers and insect-friendly flowers - many of which grow on the reserve. Seeds are collected and cultivated. read more...

Commis Chef

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Quick summary:  Brockholes Nature Reserve has a vacancy for a Commis Chef to join the Restaurant Team. The successful candidate will be required to prepare food in accordance with the set procedures and as directed by the senior kitchen staff. The Commis Chef will work with the kitchen staff to ensure that the catering offer is an integral part of the visitor experience at Brockholes Nature Reserve’s restaurant and the post-holder will assist in developing a reputation for excellent food. Salary:  National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage Closing date:  Mon, 30/07/2018 (All day) Location:  ...
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Avocet Walkabout!

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Image 15 July. Ian PinkertonOn Sunday, an adult Avocet accompanied by two young were observed and photographed in the creeks at Conder Green which were eventually beneath a near 10m tide.Image 15 July. Ian Pinkerton.In stating the obvious, these young won't be able to fly for up to a month yet, and this movement from Conder Pool to the creeks required a return walk of at least 100m up a grass bank from the pool, through a hedge, over long grass, then over the busy B5290, and across the marsh to the River Conder which snakes it's way through the creeks to the Lune Estuary.Image 15 July. Ian Pinkerton.This adult bird escorted these two young Avocet on a journey from one waterbody, over a busy road to another, then sometime later take them back to Conder Pool. An amazing achievement to a successful conclusion, but why....no-one ...
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Monday

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No joy this evening at Middleton - single singing Grasshopper Warbler and a Brown Hawker still flying at 2203Med gull - 5ad, one 2cy as seen from ocean edge early stages incoming tideGreenfinch female ringed as a Juv in 2012 was caught by the office in rain interrupted session otherwise notable for a willow warbler and a blackcap!...
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Hardly mothtastic at Base Camp but…

The Safari has been enviously reading about triple figure overnight moth catches of dozens of species all over social media these last few weeks but unfortunately our own moth trap has produced meagre returns both in terms of nightly numbers and of species involved. That's not to say that we haven't had some fun and are always eager to peer in to the trap each morning just in case there's something different in there - - preferably not wasps!Here's a trundle through some of the moths we've caught - mostly those that have stayed still long enough for us to get a pic of as it's normally already very warm by the time we're able to get to open the trap and there's always a few escapees, probably the most exciting and/or most colourful ones ie Brimstone moth - they just won't keep still!Brimstone from a couple of years backThe following are all ...

Summerseat Nature Reserve Open Day

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Date / Time Start date:  Sun, 22/07/2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm This is a fantastic opportunity to explore our beautiful Summerseat Island Nature Reserve which is managed by the volunteers of the Croal Irwell Local Group. They have worked tirelessly over two decades to develop the former sewage works into a fascinating nature reserve, and to increase the diversity and value of the site. Summary:  Bring the whole family to Summerseat for a fun-packed day of guided walks, bug hunts and more in a fascinating nature reserve. Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  No ...

Two juv Meds

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 Not much else today - the Webs failed to reveal the Shag and it may have moved onMed gull - 7 ad, one 2cy and two juvs pre tide, one Juv left for Webs count as 10m tide cleared most things out of the areaSmall copper butterfly in SD35Z new for tetrad and a painted lady was seen on Middleton...
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Sylvias Still Dominate…Just

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This morning I met Graham and Ian at 5:30 a.m. for another ringing session at one of the pools at the Obs. We were greeted with 6 oktas cloud cover and a 10 mph southeasterly wind. The cloud cover gave some welcome cool relief to the recent hot weather, but within an hour or so the sun dispersed the cloud and it was a tad warm again!There were a few more signs of autumn this morning including the first few Pied Wagtails flying over, dispersing from their overnight roost. On the subject of Wagtails a single Grey Wagtail over was another autumnal sign, as was the single Snipe that left the pools to head out towards the river/saltmarsh to feed.From a birding perspective the pickings were slim and trying to pick out some highlights from my notebook isn't easy. Grasshopper Warblers always delight and a distant 'reeling' bird brought a smile to m...

The Conder Terns.

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Tragic that you can read about a colony of 900 pairs of Common Tern, said to be breeding on the shore between Formby and Ainsdale in the early twentieth century, they were being ruthlessly slaughtered by 'sportsmen'. The colony was down to fewer than 80 by 1937, and had disappeared by the late 1940's. Forward 50 years to the mid-90's in Lancashire, and a colony having existed on the Lune Estuary on Colloway Marsh supporting c.40 pairs in 1954, and rose to up to 250 pairs from 1978-83, but by the 1990's the colony had become extinct, in the main by human disturbance.Into the 21st century, and as a species no better than a scarce passage migrant, not least in Morecambe Bay, all the gloom following the demise of the Colloway Marsh colony, has been lifted by an excellent and successful fifth successive year on Conder Pool as...
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Garden Inverts

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Sadly I haven't been birding this week, but fingers crossed that will be remedied tomorrow. During the week on various excursions into the garden to look for invertebrates I spotted a humble Greenbottle Fly that looked reasonably photogenic i.e. it would remain still long enough for me to snap it! I grabbed my camera and took a few shots and below is the result of one of the better cropped pics!Greenbottle FlyI ran my moth for the first time in a while last night and out of the catch managed to identify fourteen moths of nine species as follows:Dot Moth - 2Common Wainscot - 1Common Rustic - 4Buff Arches - 1Large Yellow Underwing - 2Riband Wave - 1Heart and Dart - 1Garden Carpet - 1True Lover's Knot - 1 True Lover's KnotThe True Lover's Knot was a first for my garden and totally unexpected. They are usually found on lowland heathland an...
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