The first part of our members spring walk on Saturday 13 May was enjoyed by 16 people and 3 more joined for the second half. The drizzle had stopped by the time we started and it was warm with sunny spells. We explored the woods, streams and reservoir shores of the study area first. Then we walked to Whillet’s meadows to see the open areas, the ponds and the reed bed. Phil and Alan went ahead to show us nesting birds, including: Mandarin Duck; young Stock Dove; young Jackdaws; Blue Tits and Great Tits. Many other birds were seen and heard. We gathered expectantly to see what was under some of the refuge tins, highlights included: grass snakes; field mice and short-tailed field voles. We identified a number of interesting plants and insects as well. The improvement and maintenance work was appreciated by all the visitors. Thanks to Bob for leading the walk so well and to Phil and Alan for showing us the nesting birds. The report with photos of the walk can be read by clicking HERE.

Birds seen and heard:-
Mandarin Duck, Canada Goose, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, Common Tern, Barn Swallow, Kingfisher, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mallard, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff.

West End:- seen or heard from the car park and in the study area along the south bank –  at least 2 singing male Garden Warblers (more than 2 pairs in the area), Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Wren, Song Thrush, Tree Creeper, Nuthatch, pair of Marsh Tits, Mandarin pair (and a female being ringed), Goldcrest, Blue & Great Tits, Robin, Dunnock, Stock Dove, Chaffinch, Mallard, Pheasant, Canada Geese, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Tawny Owl chicks being ringed, adult and young Grey Herons in the heronry, 3+ Common Terns, Great Crested Grebes displaying.  Butterflies:-  Red Admiral, Orange Tip pair, Peacock. Mammals:-  Wood Mice and Water Shrew.
Whillet’s Meadows:-  Reed Warblers & Whitethroat heard, pair of Barn Owls, Buzzard and Reed Bunting seen.  Others:- Short-tailed Field Vole, Toads, 2 Large Red Damselflies at Whillet’s Pool with Pond Skaters & Whirligigs.

Peter Erridge gives illustrated talks on the ‘History, development and management of Weir Wood Local Nature Reserve’. They last about 45 minutes and have been well received. He has many photographs of the wildlife and plants found on the Reserve. His presentation can be modified to give more information on topics that may be particular interest to your group. An agreed fee will be donated to support the work of the Friends of Weir Wood. If you would like to arrange a talk please contact Peter via perridge4@gmail.com.