5 NEW HOMES FOR WILDEN MARSH: Work has started on five new green minimalist homes for Wilden Marsh; further development on this site is likely. Ground excavation began two weeks ago and is progressing well. Traditional multi-function homes with split level construction will blend sympathetically with the vibrant urban nature setting requirements for this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

160,000 badgers have been culled since 2013, with 35,000 killed last year and 62,000 are scheduled to be destroyed this year, I find it pleasing and exciting that badger activity on Wilden Marsh is now greater than I have witnessed in over eleven years. The five new badger setts, and these are in just one small area of the marsh, indicate that this reserve is considered a safe place to breed and lay down roots by many of our local fauna and flora. I think it important that common and rare wildlife have dedicated protected areas in which to live and flourish, in these days of trouble, strife, pollution and global warming.

Our local urban wildlife reserves need regular maintenance if we are to attract, keep, save our local wildlife. Much of the practical maintenance of our wildlife reserves is carried out by volunteers. We don’t have enough practical support. So, if you have time to help protect our declining wildlife, please contact your local Wildlife Trust to volunteer and make a donation if you can.

This video shows the busy overnight activity outside the first of the new setts.

Swan

The swan is still lurking on North Pond today.

Clyde

Clyde on the marsh this morning.

Honey Fungus

I think this is honey fungus, which is edible if well cooked, but don’t take my word for it.

This morning, most of the herd were grazing around South Pool; Bonnie was hiding under a tree for some reason. I mooched through the swampy grass surrounding the pool looking for Jack Snipe that have arrived over the past few days – from Denmark I think. Bonnie was still under the tree when I moved off to Middle Marsh twenty minutes later. On my return late morning, Bonnie and Clyde were laying down together in the grass.

 

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