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A brilliantly sunny dawn broke with my cup of tea this morning; after the dismal weather we’ve had lately, it’s a very welcome change. There was no need to search the north marsh for cattle, because they were waiting in Hoo Brook corral enjoying the infrared heat of the early morning sun. The two belted Galloway’s coats warm up very quickly in sunshine and, with the air temperature being quite sharp, laying… Read More

I shot this image earlier, an hour before sunset, whilst checking the cattle. The sky looked heavy, like a deluge might descend on the marsh at any moment, but it didn’t happen. The heronry was unusually quiet. Shining a torch on the bottom of the pond revealed a carpet of stationary toads waiting patiently for darkness. Shining a torch over the pond at 9pm would most likely light-up many hundred pairs of… Read More

Wyre Forest District Council Ranger, Adam Wright, sent me these photographs and a short video of mating toads he stumbled upon in North Pond, whilst delivering cattle pellets for Buttercup. Adam comments: “I met the toads of Wilden Marsh earlier today whilst looking at the cattle. I have never seen so many toads; there was lots of toad spawn too.” There is much toad activity in North Pond during the day, but… Read More

I wish I had this amount of grass in North Pasture at the moment. The herd has had free access to all the northern pastures for the last six weeks and have eaten pretty much everything on offer; the new grass is not happening yet. This photograph shows Waynetta in North Pasture at the end of January last year. Sixteen rare breed cattle grazed Wilden Marsh at the end of November last… Read More

My day didn’t start well. I managed to drive off the Lagoon Field hard access track into the mire, ending up to the axles in gloopy mud. My son was kind enough to give up some of his free time to tow me out! As I would be 140 metres from my target heron family nest, I wanted to be in place early before heat haze became a problem; so, I was… Read More

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