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It’s that time again! Today, 9th March, is the beginning of the toad mating season on Wilden Marsh. Last night was my first toad-watching evening of this year, and I didn’t see a single toad. Soon, though, maybe tonight, an advance party of toads will begin their slow march from hiding places in the Lagoon Field to congregate in puddles and small pools around North Pond. When the puddles and small pools… Read More

Will you get off my back! It’s another two weeks before the start of the toad mating season.

The sky above Wilden Marsh was dark but clear this evening. A large, bright, full moon crept above Hoo Wood Hill, taking the edge off the darkness as I walked along the Northern Corridor. Every pond, puddle, and water filled scrape was awash with toads. My head and hand torches were essential to avoid stepping on them. So the toad breeding season is well underway on Wilden Marsh.

There is still too much flood water at the southern end of the North Pond Chain; finishing the willow coppicing at its outflow into the River Stour will have to wait again. I felled the last 3 of a 30 plus stand of tall alders growing along the stock fence in the northern corridor, and dressed the remaining stools instead. I’m leaving the twin alder for now (in the  centre of the first… Read More

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