January 2nd, 2015

2 Jan

Happy New Year

This is my first posting for the new year. Yesterday was a crap day really, very dull all day with little to see and never moved from home anyway so just clocked 18 species from the garden.

Today, it was mild, glorious and sunny and after a night of strong westerly wind it dropped to a breeze. Lynda and I went for a walk around Redgrave and Lopham Fen in Suffolk, about a 10 minute drive from home.

Redgrave and Lopham Fen is the largest valley fen in England and one of the most important Wetlands in Europe. This special place supports a diverse range of plants and animals, but it’s not just a fen. You can also explore the areas of woodland, heath and even follow the river Waveney that rises here.

With over 270 plant species Redgrave and Lopham Fen boasts a diversity of plant life to satisfy the keenest of botanists. Those interested in birds will not be disappointed either. In the summer you can see hobbies skimming the pools catching dragonflies and an evening walk rewarded with the view of a hunting barn owl. In the winter you might be lucky enough to see the starling roost. In 1956 the fen was the first place the fen raft spider was found in Britain and is still only found in a handful of places.

The pools in the central region of Middle Fen are the habitat of the very rare fen inhabitant Fen Raft Spider (Dolomedes Plantarius). You may be fortunate enough to see a spider at the water’s edge, with cream or white stripes down its sides.

We walked the Waveney Trail, taking us through Fen, Woodland and past some shallow pools very close to the source of the River Waveney.

Birds seen included;

Carrion Crow  (5)
Rook (12)
Magpie (4)
Jay (1)
Wren (2)
Dunnock (1)
Robin (1)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (4)
Water Rail (2 heard)
Grey Heron (1)
Shoveler (6)
Long -tailed Tit (12)
Blackbird (4)
Fieldfare (3)
Moorhen (20)
Mute Swan (6)
Kestrel (2)
Jackdaw (1)
Mallard (8)
Chaffinch (2)
Blue Tit (3)
Great Tit (2)
Pheasant (1)
Common Buzzard (1)
Linnet (1)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (1)

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