We re-opened two weeks ago today, and plenty of people have returned to enjoy the reserve and its summer willdife.
A garganey has been showing well in front of the Ken Barrett hide - probably a male in its eclipse plumage, but with a very well marked face. (Thanks to Chris Barnes for the photo below).
Insects are very much in evidence, with shrill carder bees, clouded yellow butterflies and migrant hawker dragonflies being seen. Wasp spiders are also now out, with their intricate webs hidden in the grass - but look carefully and you can find them quite easily.
Bearded tits are showing well, often at the grit tray in the reeds near the shooting butt wall. Both adults and juveniles are being seen. Hobby and marsh harriers are regular. A white stork was seen overhead briefly on two consecutive days last week.
We are now open Thurs-Sun, 9.30am-5pm. Access to car park, trails, some hides and the toilets in the visitor centre.