Jon Cranfield

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Nevendon progress and sightings

In Adders, mitigation, Observations, Wildlife on April 29, 2012 at 8:40 am

News has come in from our nature reserve in Wickford, Essex.

The rain was most welcome over the last few weeks. The washland has flooded well over the footpath creating a large temporary wetland while at the same time preventing flooding of Wickford.

The first count of the newts was a cracking 95 out of the six newt ponds. The estimated population being possibly 900 to 1800.

All the pondlets or very small ponds have refilled and we are looking forward to the invertebrate surveys this summer especially these very temporary pools.

The reptiles are starting to show with grass snakes, slow-worms and lizards in small numbers. No adders have been spotted so far though. Trying not too worry too much about that this but it may well be a symptom of the result of translating such animals. We are will report further on this in due course.

The newt area has produced 4 grey partridge – a cock and three hens. Really pleasing that a BAP species seems to be doing well on this mitigation site.

Photos to follow soon


Back on the blogging

In Garden pond, Wildlife on April 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Well have been away for a while and I have just got a blackberry playbook and so I will be updating the blog using this excellent tablet. Some interesting projects are coming up this summer. Will keep updates on this Page as they come in.

The next open day at the eel house is on the 20th May. On the last open weekend an adult eel was spotted at the eel house. Elvers were also spotted over the weeks leading up to the open day.

I am attending the living churchyard conference in Surrey on the 11th May. I am giving a talk called Blooms, Butterflies and dragons of St johns churchyard, New Alresford. Looking forward to it.

My next job is a visit to Lightwater Country Park with Writtle College students. I wonder whether we could place bets on whether we will see 5 out of the 6 reptiles found there.

We will see……..