The Linnet gorse colony are still busy, looks like this one is building a mega nest!
The Cetti's Warbler opposite the Linnet colony, shows very well at times and after a number of attempts this is my best image to date, still not great though!
|Skylark in full song|
This Little Grebe is incubating eggs about 3 foot from the boardwalk. It could of course suffer some disturbance as people stop and take photos, but I'm sure as long as people don't camp out right beside it, it will be fine. After all they chose the spot and just maybe having us humans passing by so closely gives them a little protection from would be predators, well at least while the reserve is open!
The Brown-banded Carder Bee Bombus humilis has declined sharply in the UK over the last forty years or so, mainly because it needs large areas of grassland rich in flowers, especially vetches, clovers and trefoils for feeding. The queens also need tussocky grass containing mouse nests in which they found their colonies, raking in moss and fine grass leaves. Heavy grazing, “improvement” of pastures, encroachment of scrub and the use of herbicides have all taken their toll on humilis and other specialist bees such as the Shrill Carder Bumblebee Bombus sylvarum. Nowadays Bombus humilis is mainly restricted to dry coastal grasslands, but is also common on Salisbury Plain. It is often associated with brownfield sites such as the grasslands of the Thames Gateway, especially where these are extensive and have a continuous succession of flowers.
|male Blackcap in the woodland|