Monday, 14 May 2012

I've found Sanctuary

I've already seen the Dartford Warbler a few years ago at the Pride Park Sanctuary but that wasn't from the "official" place, we were looking over the hedge from the stadium side. After school today we visited the Sancuary proper, and it was really good!! Despite being in the middle of a big urbanised area with gas works, car showrooms and of course the home of the Mighty Rams this little spot really does feel like a Sanctuary, a space away from all the hustle and bustle where nature (and it's watchers) can be alone together. I'm starting to appreciate the ethos of David Lindo after today's visit.

Tonight's cast were this splendid female Wheatear, the nesting Sand Martins, a pair of Little Ringed Plover at close range as well as some Coot, Mallard, a Sedge Warbler which didn't show itself, a very melodious Linnet and a pair of Lapwing. A brilliant site that I encourage everyone to visit, especially as it seems to be on the verge of being swamped. To come so far with the place to only lose it again would be a shame. The list of wildlife is quite amazing, this Spring a Ring Ouzel stayed for a while. Wish I'd gone to see that now...

Bird Yearlist = 141
Moth Yearlist = is almost forgotton about due to the terrible weather!

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