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Just before last Christmas, we attached a barn owl nesting box to an oak tree on the flight path of a local barn owl. Colin Cross of CRC Ecology Ltd kindly came along to carry out the necessary monkey work. We cleared an area in front of the box as a hunting ground. Audio recordings have confirmed that barn owls are flying close to the nesting box, but there is no evidence… Read More

I went toading at North Pond last night. The video below shows a few of the thousands of toads using this mating pond. It was a clear night with a full moon. The weather and conditions were perfect for toad watching. There was lots of floating frog spawn, but not many frogs singing. (Click image to view video)

The marsh cattle have returned from their four weeks jolly to Blackstone Reserve after the “Great Flood.” Waynetta is still lead cow, and the herd has settled in nicely. There is not a lot of grass around for the cattle to eat, but it is growing steadily now.

Although toad mating has not yet peaked on Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve, it’s frog and toad spawning galore in North Pond today.

North Pond is filling up wth mating toads. I videoed them under water this morning. The vid is a bit shaky and muffled in places because the pond weeds were interfering with my flippers.