Speckled Wood Butterflies laying eggs; Herons; and why Stinging Nettles are so great

Another lunchtime, another fantastic walk. In my previous post I talked about all the reasons why you shouldn't be getting rid of Stinging Nettles in your garden. A week later and I can show you exactly why: These are Peacock caterpillars. As adults they'll frequent the perhaps better loved Buddleia but for now they love… Continue reading Speckled Wood Butterflies laying eggs; Herons; and why Stinging Nettles are so great

A lunchtime walk at Brandon Marsh

A nature reserve and SSSI is a pretty lovely place to work, and not just for the view out of the window. Lunchtime walks become much more than just a necessity to get out of the office. We talk a lot about wetland birds at Brandon Marsh, so I decided that it was time to… Continue reading A lunchtime walk at Brandon Marsh

Swallow chick fledging

Regular visitors to Brandon Marsh Nature Centre will know that there is a family of Swallows that nest in the eaves outside the Visitors' Centre each year. If you haven't seen them before then take a look above your head as you walk out of the door by the cafe, just before you walk down… Continue reading Swallow chick fledging

Barn Owl and Kestrel chick ringing

Just over a week ago I was lucky enough to go out with the Brandon birdringers to see the barn owl chicks being ringed at Brandon Marsh. For anyone who doesn’t know, bird ringing involves attaching a small metal ring to a bird’s leg, which has a unique code on – therefore allowing the bird… Continue reading Barn Owl and Kestrel chick ringing

National Volunteers’ Week 2014 – Peter Cook, Badger Vaccination Volunteer

National Volunteers' Week is a celebration of the incredible work done by volunteers across the country, and so throughout the week we'll be posting profiles of just some of our incredible volunteers.  Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's badger vaccination programme is now in its 3rd year - you'll be hearing more from our staff who vaccinate later… Continue reading National Volunteers’ Week 2014 – Peter Cook, Badger Vaccination Volunteer

National Volunteers’ Week 2014 – Gill Crantock, Education Volunteer

National Volunteers' Week is a celebration of the incredible work done by volunteers across the country, and so throughout the week we'll be posting profiles of just some of our incredible volunteers.  Gill describes volunteering with the Education Team as "a posh title for having fun:" "Kids and wildlife. I like both. So taking parties… Continue reading National Volunteers’ Week 2014 – Gill Crantock, Education Volunteer

National Volunteers’ Week 2014 – Bernie Watson and Christine Rundle, Sensory Garden Volunteers

National Volunteers' Week is a celebration of the incredible work done by volunteers across the country, and so throughout the week we'll be posting profiles of just some of our incredible volunteers.  The Sensory Garden at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, designed by Lucy Hartley, was opened in 2012 and requires dedicated volunteers to maintain it.… Continue reading National Volunteers’ Week 2014 – Bernie Watson and Christine Rundle, Sensory Garden Volunteers