WVBS - July 2011

Posted in Elmham News

So much happening in May: The Wild about the Wensum event at Pensthorpe was once again a great success, lots of visitors, excellent weather and plenty of interest in our stand. We also supplied experts to act as guides in the hides. Well done everyone it was a long day but well worth it.

Twenty early risers turned up for our popular Dawn Chorus walk with Glenn & Lucy under whose expert guidance we were able to pick out dozens of songsters. The end of the walk, as always, was followed by al-fresco bacon baps.

Then there was the Costessey fete: after over months of drought the weatherman promised heavy rain on the bank holiday – but what do they know. We set up our stall in bright sunshine, had loads of visitors, dismantled and went home and were on our first ‘G & T’ before the rain came (all ten minutes of it). Many thanks to Alec Waller for his help and provision of an assortment of many interesting objects which drew lots of interest. Also thanks to my grandson Matthew, who helped on the day - and is still hoping to be paid for his efforts.

Another first for the club, we visited Lackford Lakes in Suffolk. A 121 hectare reserve with lots of  lakes and hides and we spent the whole day from  9.30 am to until 4.0 pm. Over 70 species were seen including hobby, spotted flycatcher and a nightingale. Thanks to Alec Waller for leading the trip and thanks also to the Suffolk Wildlife trust for their hospitality and everlasting supply of tea.

After our talk last month by the BTO on nest finding and recording, several members put theory into practice on the BTO reserve at Thetford. Under the masterly guidance of Dave Leech a dozen nests were found, including blackcap and whitethroat, more excellent hospitality from the staff at the BTO.

A good month May - ask any Canary watcher.

Dates for July: Just one event.  On Sunday 24th  we will be visiting Blakeney Point, an internationally important breeding area for seabird colonies as well as common and grey seals.

Details of all our events can be found on our website.
Colin Wright [10603 – 740548] www.wvbs.co.uk