Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 8th July

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Female Common Darter – our Aylmerton garden

I was back in the park early yesterday to see if the Common Sandpiper had hung around – which, not surprisingly, they hadn’t. I think the problem is that there are now very few places for the visiting waders to land around the lake edge, other than on the dam wall, which gets regular disturbance. A simple solution to this problem would be to remove some of the self-seeded Alders from along the edge, near Boat-house Bay, and cut the soil bank back a couple of feet – allowing the spoil to create a shelf of bare ground at the base.  This would have the double benefit of rejuvenating the ‘cliff- face’ for species like Sand Martin and Kingfisher and provide a much needed safe resting area for waders. The Greenshank – a rare species for Felbrigg, had exactly the same problem a few weeks ago. The other birds that had gone missing – the Tufted x Ferruginous Duck, were less of a surprise. They just seem to pop in only occasionally – I’d love to know where they go in between times? Meanwhile, later in the morning, a new dragonfly species for the year – Common Darter on the Cherry tree in our garden.


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