Heavy rain in and around Kidderminster resulted in the River Stour breaking its banks and flooding the marsh a week last Saturday night. A kind Wyre Forest Ranger messaged me and offered to move the cattle to higher ground on that Saturday morning (thanks Adam Hamilton). A week later and the rain was still falling on a thoroughly waterlogged marsh. The River Stour water level gauge app on my phone indicated a… Read More
Wilden Marsh is in the middle of its injurious and invasive plant growing season right now, and I’m yet again attempting to control their spread. I like to encourage as wide a range of vegetation as possible on the marsh that is advantageous to fauna and the Reserve, as long as the injurious and invasive plants can can be controlled and the animals eating them are not being poisoned. It’s not the… Read More
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 fence. She again looked at me and again into the dense vegetation. I walked over to her; a metre away was Jill’s new-born calf. The calf lay dead still with its eyes… Read More
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 move disturbed their rest period. I tried to get Waynetta the lead the herd, but she is too easily distracted by tasty morsels. Finally, Tulip picked up her hooves and ran for… Read More
I’m off to check on the marsh herd in the Falling Sands Nature Area! Would you like to come along?