PHOTOGRAPHS WANTED ! ….for the 2017 Watchtree Calendar

  Are you interested in Sponsoring the 2017 Calendar ..contact Ryan@watchtree.co.uk,   tel 01228712539 It happens but just like regular dating but takes a lot longer because you have to spend time getting to know the girl for a while before she…

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…

Events Programme

Please note we have revised this years events programme, please check the events list before booking or attending an event.

Event Cancellation

Cancellation ! SMALL MAMMAL WORKSHOP Please Note, Unfortunately we have had to Cancel this event planned for Monday 13thApril 11am

Manager's mad March hare encounter

A ‘mad March’ encounter with a Brown Hare. The weather at the beginning of March was unpredictable to say the least; three days of gales were followed by more days of intense sleet and hail showers interspersed by very brief…

Waders return, double dose of Fox and signs of spring

The bubbling song of the Curlew returned to Watchtree this week. This coincided with a flurry of bird activity including singing Skylark, 25+ Lapwing (with Golden Plover nearby), large numbers of Snipe and a lovely Oystercatcher. Apart from the Lapwing…