Tuesday 1 October 2019

Lydden Valley

Lydden Valley, Worth - mild, wet and windy - Spent the day courtesy of RSPB at their nascent wetland reserve at Thanet. In the morning Gareth explained the progress so far as we walked a part of the reserve which was undergoing the full treatment from earth moving equipment as scrapes and bunds, ditches and pools were being created. There was also a superb old wood within the 250 ha project which also had new ponds situated within the trees. Birds noted on a showery day included four Hobbies hunting dragonflies over the wood, Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail,Little Grebe, hirundines and plenty of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits on the grass leys. The afternoon was spent at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory where Charlotte gave a presentation on the project.
  Many thanks to all RSPB staff for an enjoyable and informative outing to what I`m sure will become an important wetland site in the near future.

                               Grazing meadow with Great Wood in the distance

                                Ditch creation

                               Great Wood ponds

                               Oak tree in Great Wood

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