What’s in your river- invertebrate monitoring

Ribble Rivers Trust
What’s in your river- invertebrate monitoring
Part of my role as Monitoring Officer is collecting and identifying invertebrates which live in the catchment’s rivers. Many of these are insects, such as stoneflies and mayflies, …

Not even suitable for ducks!

Very heavy overnight rain left fields and roads awash. The rain continued, with some sleet till late afternoon, when it eased for a while. Light NNE breeze.Middleton Nature ReserveJust a quick look at the main ponds in passing.The water level on the “n…

Rain Day

With the UK under severe lockdown there is no bird ringing allowed unless in one’s own garden.  With vehicle travel limited to “essential” and “local journeys” only, it’s unlikely I will be able to do much birding or even to get out with a camera….

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The sound of silence!

Very light east breeze, low cloud all day with the precipitation alternating between rain and drizzle.The only stuff I have so far is from my stroll around the saltmarsh as the tide was covering it (MD). This is what today’s title refers to. Befor…

Lockdown 3

If you live in the UK you will be aware that we are now in our third period of lockdown as a result of Covid 19. I don’t want to dwell on this at all, as it is something that we all need to strive to reduce transmission of, to return to a state of rela…

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Highlights of 2020

 A difficult year because of the lockdowns, but the group managed to ring 6006 new birds just over 3000 down on 2019. We didnt do our two RAS ‘s for Bearded Tits and Reed Warbler at Leighton Moss, but we did our Sand Martin and Pied Flycatcher stu…

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Nice day and decent coverage

After a relatively mild day yesterday, there was an overnight frost, enough to freeze ground water and the shallower ponds, but the main ponds remained ice free. Sunshine till late afternoon when it started to cloud over. Almost no wind, what little ai…

Not a lot, just a Little

The west winds strengthened overnight and were quite strong all day, although not gale force. Persistent rain for most of the morning with showers in the afternoon.All I have is from my wet walk along the south sea wall to watch the lunchtime ferry arr…

A pretty similar tally

No overnight frost, but the larger ponds remain ice covered apart from a few pockets. The wind shifted to the west then to WSW, quite light, but starting to freshen by evening. Forecast to become strong SW by the morning. Light showers for most of the …

The Ward’s Stone Chat.

Ward’s Stone is the highest peak in the Forest of Bowland, the trig point stands at 560m. An interesting fact about Ward’s Stone, is that another 50m would make it a mountain to join the only other two in Lancashire, Green Hill at 628m, and Cragareth a…