Monday, 19 December 2016

Woodcock in the murk



Another calm, mild, grey and murky day here in north Surrey. The birdlife across Walton Downs (above) was largely as anonymous as the weather, although I did flush a Woodcock from a strip of woodland - species number 106 for the 'mini-uber patch' year list (111.5% of the target). This may even be enough to give Mr. Sexton and his Northumbrian list a bit of a run for his money.

The Woodland Trust have been busy, planting up a further field with saplings for the Millennium Wood project, along with the erection of a bench that neatly conveys the reserves aim of commemorating all those who fell during World War One.


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  1. I like the Focker Eindecker on the bench

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    1. Aircraft identification (of any vintage) is beyond me Simon

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  2. Hopefully the tree planting won't affect any of your beloved arable weeds Steve?

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    1. Well Mick, thereby hangs a tale. The arable weeds had survived because a wide strip was left around the field edges because shooters had rights over the land and put down pheasants. This reduced grasses and allowed the rare plants to survive. Now the shooters have gone, the strips have largely gone and grasses have taken over. It doesn't look good...

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  3. That beautiful bench does, indeed, make a statement about the Millennium Wood Project - it's a superb piece of furniture and does justice to the cause. As for the id of the planes depicted, like you Steve, I wouldn't have a clue?

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    1. We're better off sticking to birds and fish Dyl!

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  4. What a shame Steve, but I suspected that might be the case. I suppose rows of saplings are easy conservation compared to arable weeds which need annual disturbance. Great Blog by the way.

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    1. Thanks Mick. The arable weed situation is not yet catastrophic, but is certainly uncertain.

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