Category Archives: Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve

Sam-Bull Shetland

My eight-year-old grandson sat beside me on the settee at home and, on watching Friday’s video, asked if Jill’s new bull calf could be named after him. So the calf’s name is now Sam-Bull Shetland. Later, a panicked Jill Shetland galloped … Continue reading

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Another Bull Calf Was Born on Wilden Marsh Today

From Hoo Brook ramp I could see Jill Shetland on her own in Hoo Brook Corridor. The other herd members were busy grazing Hoo Brook Pasture. Jill looked at me and then nervously into the dense vegetation near the stock … Continue reading

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The Hot Spoon Works

I walked a warm, humid, north marsh this evening. My exposed skin was protected with Jungle Formula, which is essential at this time of year on Wilden Marsh. However, mosquitoes bit my elbows through my shirt sleeves. I will spray … Continue reading

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Calves Playing and Suckling

The herd made the move from Falling Sands Nature Area successfully this morning, crossing the service road and Hoo Brook bridge to access Hoo Brook Pasture; although, they were a bit slow to get going at first. As usual the … Continue reading

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Male Banded Demoiselle

Males are usually territorial, but large numbers can sometimes be found on lush bankside plants and floating objects. They court females by opening their wings and performing an aerial dance. They are usually found in or near pools, ponds, canals … Continue reading

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A Late Spring Evening Walk Down to Falling Sands Nature Area.

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Harlequin Ladybird Pupa (Harmonia axyridis)

The harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) is a multi-coloured Asian, or simply Asian ladybeetle, is a large coccinellid beetle. These beetles make use of pheromones to signal to each other, resulting the large gatherings often seen in the autumn. However, many … Continue reading

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