This old marsh willow pollard has a torso growing from it. Well, it’s not a torso, it’s a torso and a pair of legs. Can you see it? I have passed this Pollard for eleven years and only today saw the escapee. 

The cattle have been busy over the past six months reducing last year’s vegetative growth in preparation for this year’s growing season. We have paid particular attention to clearing Middle Wood, Rhombus Field, Tenant Farmer’s Field, Flooded Wood Pasture and areas around South pool to improve ground conditions for wading birds. My grazing plan is ahead of schedule this year because the cattle have not been in the Orchid Field.

I walked the Rhombus Field mire yesterday and realised enough ground cover had been cleared, so I moved the cattle to the South Marsh – hooray!

Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve bird nesting season begins 1st April and ends 10th August. Access for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust members and permit holders will be restricted to the South Entrance Section riverside pathway and the first metal five-bar gate just south of South Pool.

I went back into the Rhombus Field earlier today while the cattle were on the South Marsh; common snipe were flushing as I moved through the compartment. There are plenty of snipe around South Pool, and they too quickly fly zigzagging up and away when their space is invaded.

The video below is for the record and shows what a mire the Rhombus field is.

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A barn owl hunting in the Tangle.

Yesterday was an exhilarating bright warm late winter Saturday. Clouds of tiny midge-like flies reminded me that biting mosquitos  would soon plague my marsh days; thank goodness for insect repellent!

The light was harsh, but sitting on the riverbank with the cattle behind me, watching marsh wildlife from a comfortable folding chair, was an enjoyable and welcome activity. I was 150 metres from the heronry, so a couple of the videos were affected by heat haze.

Please click on the image below to view my videos and images of herons at the heronry, an egret, barn owl and muntjac deer.

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