The WeBS count for February was postponed by a week, due to various storms and the fact the reserve almost flooded again. The river was literally starting to poke its soggy fingers over the top of the floodbank, sneaking through the grass. Another cm and we'd have suffered the same fate as we did during 2021 and 2020. As it is, we had a very lucky escape and I imagine the wildlife in the reedbed breathed a collective sigh of relief. The great northern diver is still on site and the goldeneye count was the second highest that we've ever had during a WeBS.

P1

P2

P3

Total

Gadwall

40

13

53

Goldeneye

2

4

25

31

Greylag goose

9

10

41

60

Canada goose

16

40

47

103

Mallard

2

20

22

Pochard

6

8

5

19

Shoveler

4

28

32

Teal

79

79

Tufted duck

50

120

91

261

Coot

13

32

42

87

Black-headed gull

33

33

Common gull

3

3

Cormorant

1

14

15

Great white egret

2

2

Little egret

4

2

6

Wigeon

214

214

Great northern diver

1

1

Great crested grebe

3

10

7

20

Little grebe

1

1

Lapwing

6

6

Pintail 

2

2

Oystercatcher

2

2

Shelduck

1

1

Bittern

1

1

Moorhen

1

1

2

Canada/Greylag  hybrid

1

1

Grey heron

1

4

5

Mute swan

2

2

4

This has already been mentioned, but apologies in advance for any congestion or delays you experience when visiting the reserve due to up-coming gas pipe works, powerline replacement works and tree cutting works... It's all happening at the same time! 

The river, tickling the top of the floodbank along our western boundary (much like my hairline it has now receded!)...

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