Kingfisher at last

An excited email from DKG this morning: ” A few photos of our Kingfisher at last. After 5 years of trying to capture photos of the park’s resident kingfisher, yesterday (Sunday 20th) finally produced the photos I had been after. But these came about as usual with no intention of looking for it and if… Continue Reading →


Kingfishers come to the park regularly. Many people associate them with rivers and are surprised to see them here, fishing in our little streams.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Water Team is working in the reserve to create a Great Crested Newt pond.

Loss of insect species

The media has made much of a recent meta analysis, Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers, published in the journal Biological Conservation. Researchers Francisco Sanchez-Bayo and Kris A.G. Wykhuys  have come to conclusions so frightening that even the newspapers couldn’t find the words to make it scarier than it really is.

The kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) that DKG photographed at the weekend is a female. The male bird has an all black beak while the female’s lower mandible is orange with a black tip. Kingfishers are highly territorial; they pair up in the winter but keep separate territories until the following spring. It is probable, therefore, that… Continue Reading →

Ecological Appraisal of the Church Lane site.

We are posting the first part of our comment on RPS’s Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) of the Church Lane Site for two reasons: firstly the PEA seems particularly ill-informed about the park, the Lambrok and dismissive of their ecological importance; secondly, so that anybody who might like to comment before the public consultation ends on… Continue Reading →

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