Helen Skelton and the Countryfile Team visit Watchtree

On Sunday the 5th of February, local beauty spot; Watchtree Nature Reserve, will feature on the BBC1 prime time show Countryfile. Filming took place for the special ‘Feathered Friends’ edition of the show in mid-January. Producers were attracted to the…

Christmas Closing 2017

Please note we will be closed for a short break over the Christmas period. This is to allow our staff and volunteers a hard earned break.                            …

Ringing – October 16

Two catches were made on Thursday 20th October in the Wetlands and today Monday 24th October in the NE Corner. As usual a very good species list and today it was nice to capture two Redwing, the first for several years. From…

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Moth Blog – July

Two moth traps were set out at Watchtree on 29th July, the second of the two moth-trapping sessions I do every month from March to October.  This year’s moth trapping has been distinctly poor, low numbers of moths and far…

Bird Ringing Blog -July

Bird Ringing Report – July We have ringed on four occasions during July and have captured 155 birds of 24 species.  Of this total 22 were birds ringed on previous visits, or re-traps as they are termed. Willow Warblers -As usual…

Butterfly / Moth Blog

Butterflies and moths Now that summer is here (allegedly!), the spring-flying  butterflies are all but over, so species such as Orange-tip, Dingy Skipper and the first generation of the “Whites”, Green-veined White, Small White and Large White, are now rarely…

Update on nesting birds

Catching up after a week away and I see our Oystercatchers have settled into Brian Bowes field, the chick is growing well. There is also a Curlew with a good sized chick in our neighbours field to the east side.…

Visitor Experience

An Experience Deer to my Heart I love visiting Watchtree Nature Reserve for many reasons. The facilities are top notch, the staff are all helpful and friendly and their selection of coffee and sweet goodies are the icing on the…