Wilden Marsh: March in Hoo Wood and Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve – Part 2.

WEDNESDAY  16 MARCH – 18:12: On Sunday I noticed four wild bee nests: one in Hoo Wood, one further along at the rear of the Roxel site and two at the lagoon side of the north marsh pond. The nest at the rear of the Roxel site is in an old European Larch tree, which is on the edge of a new residential housing building site and I think it might soon be felled. The nest in Hoo wood is also in an old European larch tree and is at the rear of a company involved in crushing old hardcore and building rubble. The nests alongside the north marsh pond are in old woodpecker nest holes in oak trees, 25 metres apart.

THURSDAY 17th March 2011 – 19:50: I spent today at the southern end of the marsh with a Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Volunteers working party, on a ‘clean-up day’. It was perfect weather for pulling up old tree roots and collecting and stacking pruned tree branches. It must have been the hottest day of this year, so far. It was an invigorating and very satisfying way to spend a day. We arrived on-site at 09:30, with lots of pruned tree branch littering a sizeable area of the southern marsh, and by the end of the day the branches and a load of once buried and now redundant tree roots were stacked in tidy piles.

After a day of strenuous activity, I wandered across the reserve though the late afternoon sunshine. I saw the first marsh bloom of this year, a Lesser Celandine, at the side of the Stour, just above the north weir. The first wild flower is a turning point of the year for me. I’m in spring mode now.

The north pond is teeming with frogs and toads at the moment.

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