I would be surprised if the damaged done to the Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve fence on Waverley Street has not already been reported; fairly sure also that the Worcester City Council would have been very busy managing the floods and Covid-19 and not had the time to get round to fixing this. However, I thought it might be an idea to post this as a reminder for the future.
There has been a discussion around the removal of brambles after work began December 2020. There have been differing opinions on not only the way the brambles were removed but also what was the primary reason for the Nature Reserve.
Should the reserve be managed solely as a woodland that allows for the flora or fauna (by definition, fauna is a group of indigenous animals of any geographical region)?
Should the reserve be left alone allowing it to go through the process of natural development?
There are of course very good reasons to support each of these views .
Please leave a comment of either or none of the above views.
Yesterday, 15 May, three swallows were seen flying over Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve after flying hundreds of miles from Africa. A welcome sight and hopefully there will be more to follow and breed ready to return to their Continue reading “Swallows return for 2020“
The first woodpecker of 2020 was heard today, wed 5th February, on Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve. It’s not unusual to hear the tapping of these birds at this time of year.
Of the three species of woodpecker found in Britain, the great spotted is the most likely to be seen in our gardens at any time of the year but during February it isn’t the sight of one which is most appealing, but the sound.
Now is the time the trees begin to take a hammering as great spotted woodpeckers establish their territories.
These starling-sized black and white birds don’t have a song to advertise ownership of their chosen patch of woodland, so they make themselves known by drumming on dead trees with their powerful bills.
The Great spotted woodpecker is the most common of only three species of woodpecker in the UK, the other two being the Lesser spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopus minor) and the Green woodpecker (Picus viridus). It is present all year round, apart from in extreme northern parts of Scotland, and is famed for its rapid drumming on the sides of trees. The Great spotted woodpecker is, without a doubt, one of the more striking species of bird in the UK.
Of colourful hue and memorable pattern, the Great spotted woodpecker is a stout bird, with black and white spotted wings and two main red patches (head and underbelly); the scarlet patch on the back of the (male) woodpecker’s head is a distinct and unique feature. A simple confusion can often emerge from the fact a young Great spotted woodpecker displays a scarlet patch on top of its head, which disappears after the first moult; these young birds can be easily identified as Lesser spotted woodpeckers, when in fact they’re not.
A huge “flight” or a “gulp”of Swallows amassed over the Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve yesterday, by far the most Swallows spotted over the nature reserve EVER.
That’s how big and absolutely amazing the whole spectacle was to observe. On one hand it was a heart stopping moment but on the other it was a melancholic sight also; the little beauties were gathering to go home for the Winter, leaving behind all the potential bad weather we have coming to us.