(PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS TO WATCH RELATED VIDEOS) This video shows a honey bee swarm building a nest in a rotting tree stump on Wilden Marsh, which can spell disaster if the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worst. Autumn swarms can result in two depleted bee colonies being unable to muster enough honey for the winter. Without food, the bees are fighting a losing battle, often meaning the destruction… Read More
Five of the Wilden Marsh herd arrived back on the marsh today, having enjoyed a two month holiday at Chaddesley Wood: Wayne and Waynetta Galloway, and Tulip, Jill, and Buttercup Shetland. Other cattle will arrive when the new growing season starts.
This muntjac deer sauntered past me at the pond this afternoon and climbed the ramp to the northern corral as if it hadn’t a care in the world. It looked at me a few times, so it knew I was there. I even walked twenty metres to the fence, where my camera was hanging on a post, and it still showed no concern. Maybe it was ill. Muntjac deer usually race away… Read More
The River Stour was in big flood yesterday, as opposed to being in great flood. In a big flood, River Stour waters trickle over its bank onto the marsh. In a great flood, the waters gush over the riverbanks and turn much of Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve into a series of lakes. Marsh flooding is not a problem because it’s a natural floodplain and flooding is a natural event. What’s really nasty,… Read More
Hartlebury Common is a nature reserve at the Stourport end of Wilden Lane, a quarter of a mile from Wilden Marsh. Longhorn conservation cattle keep the grass down here.