Thursday, 17 March 2016

A week of *FIRST'S* and a trip to Denso Marston Nature Reserve




I have been out and about a lot this week, plenty to show.


I saw my first Bat of the year out feeding on Friday night, so dusted the moth trap and put that out for the first time this year.

Two new moths for me.



Hebrew Character




Common Quaker
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Monday was a trip to Eccup.
On the way stopped of at the Chevin and saw my First Snipe.
Roe Deer
Redshank
Wigeon









Then on Wednesday I went to a place I have visited before a few years back but not blogged about.


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The seven acre reserve is situated between the River Aire and the Denso Marston factory in Shipley, West Yorkshire.
Created in 1990 on Denso Marston washland for the benefit of wildlife, community enjoyment and education.
An urban haven of woodland, meadows and pools with varied wildlife complement the other green areas in the wildlife rich Aire valley.

Throughout the year we organise a variety of events including guided walks, work parties and group activities. 
From Wildlife walks to Creative Writing, but it was the mention of Adult Education session that caught my eye.

At first you would not believe there was anything in the area to see, and the entrance doesn't jump out at you nestled between large industrial  sites.





The very first thing that hits you is all the rubbish still left in all the trees and in the river from the winter floods, this area was hit very badly.




 

If you go on Twitter and put in 
Denso Marston Nature, you can see how bad it was after the flood.




Mink
Birds seen today
Wren, Dunnock, Blue tit, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Goosanders, (2) Goldcrest, Robin, Mallard, Blackbird.

I have met and talked with the warden, Steve before. To day was no different his enthusiasm and passion for this place and nature overall is very inspiring.

After a long chat with Steve and Harry Allenby (Flower man) I had signed up for a session on windflowers in April.
The best part of the morning was been told about the frog spawn in the pond.





It won't be long before I am back to visit..





  

33 comments:

  1. It looks a great place, tucked away like that too. Glad it's got a guardian who cares so much for it. Nice to see the moths. Will be putting the box out here soon xx

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    1. Thanks CT, you would love this man, going to try and visit at least once a month this year.
      turned cold here again, might leave the box another week..
      Amanda xx

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  2. Hello, what a nice preserve. The robin is so cute. The moths are cool and I love the frog. I hope it can be cleaned up soon, the floods must have been awful. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, sadly a lot of that rubbish stuck on the trees will be there for many years, access is limited and not enough people to clean all the river banks.
      So happy to see some frogs, and I wish more birds would sit and pose for their photo like the Robin..
      Amanda xx

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  3. You've had a great week Amanda - so many wonderful photos - I do love the way you put together the collages.

    What a great reserve - they can be found tucked away in so many surprising places. A dreadful shame about all the flood damage. The warden must have been devastated. Do hope it recovers with time and effort. The session on windflowers sounds very interesting - look forward to hearing all about it.

    Three species of moth here so far plus one unidentified micro - will try again tonight. Good luck with your trapping session :)

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    1. Thanks RR, put photos into collages as I had taken so many this week, glad you like them.
      Will be going again to the reserve, it's not far from me. Steve the warden is also into moth trapping, they have evening events during the summer, he is keen to get better at ID micro moths this year so I'm sure if I asked they would but a learning session on about these too. Everything got damaged in the floods, the new learning centre is one of the good things to happen.

      Put the light out, feels much colder this week so no more moths, might leave it for another week...Hope you get something this weekend..
      Amanda xx

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  4. There are still too many people who do not know what a truly beautiful world we can share with others through our visits and photo's.

    You have also showed a timely reminder of the flooding that hit many areas those months ago, and there is still work to do to bring things back to normal.

    Your mosaics are lovely to look at, and I love the way those feathers seem to be a little ruffled by the breeze ...

    Enjoy the remainder of Friday and have a great weekend too.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan for the lovely comment, the few people I met to day were as shocked as me at the mess the floods have left, it will be like this for years to come I'm afraid, as there is not the money or man power to clean it up...
      The Robin was very obliging in the photos, posing like a model.
      Have a lovely week..
      Amanda xx

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  5. What a busy week and some wonderful photos too. I remember when my husband had a moth trap when he was studying with the OU, it was fascinating to see what appeared every morning. Love the frogs and the robin too. I hope you enjoy the wildflower session in April:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie for the lovely comment, it's been nice out in the sun, but feeling much colder here again. Have you still got the moth trap ? Quite a few of my blogging friends like moth trapping, very addictive.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Terribly sad to see the devastating flood damage to the reserve, Amanda.

    Lovely, though, to see those frogs and all the spawn. What fine moths (gorgeous names) ... I have seen a couple, but no bats yet. Must keep an eye out as we usually have them in the garden. I *love* your photo mosaic collages ... #feelinginspired

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    1. Thanks Caroline for the lovely comment, got to see lots of lovely things this week.
      Amanda xx

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  7. A lovely selection of photos and I love the collages, too, there's so much to look at. The nature reserve sounds a terrific place to visit and learn more about - I imagine it is really interesting talking to the warden. It is sad to see all the rubbish and damage after the floods but great to see the signs of spring there. I've not seen any frogs or frog spawn yet this year or a bat either, would love to soon. The windswept robin is gorgeous!

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  8. A lovely selection of photos and I love the collages, too, there's so much to look at. The nature reserve sounds a terrific place to visit and learn more about - I imagine it is really interesting talking to the warden. It is sad to see all the rubbish and damage after the floods but great to see the signs of spring there. I've not seen any frogs or frog spawn yet this year or a bat either, would love to soon. The windswept robin is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Wendy for the lovely comment's. We all should have a warden Steve in our lives.
      I did well this week seeing new things. Really pleased about seeing the frogs...
      Amanda xx

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  9. It's easy to forget just how much damage and devastation recent floods have caused. It may be years before the whole impact on the environment known. It's good to be reminded. Good to read you are keeping busy Amanda.

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    1. Thanks Angie for the comment, it was so sad to see all the rubbish along the riverbank.
      Amanda xx

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  10. Stunning photos! The robin catching a breath of wind to ruffle its feathers is amazing. I will have to look at my pond tomorrow to see if there has been any activity. Have a wonderful weekend xx

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  11. Thanks Chel for the lovely comment, hope the frogs have moved in..
    Amanda xx

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  12. So sorry to hear about the flood damage, but it looks like it's recovering and full of amazing wildlife, too. It's so exciting to see the "firsts" of the season!

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    1. Thanks PP,I love this time of the year, new growth of plants, and seeing all the insects again.
      With good records on the Reserve they will be able to see if the damage has hard a impact on the wildlife, as much as any thing it looks a right all mess.
      Amanda xx

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  13. IT does look a really interesting place to visit and so much to see. Really impressed about the mink sighting! X

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    1. Thanks Julie, it's only a small place but very interested in all the events they are now running, and the enthusiastic helpers rubs of onto anyone they meet.
      Amanda xx

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  14. Great shot of the Mink Amanda. Hebrew Character is one of the top 5 commonest moths in my garden, I'm sure it will be in yours too...

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    1. Thanks Stewart, the warden was not happy about the Mink, he would like to see it gone.
      Amanda xx

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  15. Lovely photos Amanda, especially the deer, I always get a thrill spotting them. I've not heard of Denso Marston before, another place to add to my 'to visit' list! Gosh though, the flood damage/debris is always awful to see. x

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    1. Thanks Pam for the lovely comment, not sure how far away you live but some of the events they run throughout the year are worth a look.
      Amanda xx

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  16. Great post and fantastic photos, especially the mink. Such a shame about the flood damage.:(

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    1. Thanks Deb, thanks for the lovely comment. I think the Mink cause some problems on the Reserve as they will go after chicks..
      Amanda xx

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  17. Thank you, Amanda, for your kind reply and helpful advice about collages and mosaics - much appreciated! i guess some are reliant on mobile phone apps, which this 'dinosaur' doesn't use ... yet! A lovely day here - and I hope in your neck of the woods, too. Tulips coming out. :-)

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  18. Hi there! I'm at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!

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  19. Wonderful collages (great way to show tons of photos!) and the nature reserve sounds interesting - shame about the rubbish from the storms. I presume they will be clearing up eventually?

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    1. Thanks Mandy, I do take a lot of photos ! Often look back at them for different reasons, so having the college collection I can remember the whole outing..
      Amanda xx

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