Autumn wildlife and the Equinox

While the Ospreys may have gone there are many other species on the reserve that can be seen. With the recent drop in temperature our Red Squirrels and Woodland birds such as Woodpecker, Siskin and Treecreeper are all starting to prepare for winter and are regular visitors to the feeding stations. Out on the loch our young Great Crested Grebes are beginning to get their adult plumage with just the black & white stripy ‘humbug’ head to show it is the juvenile. It won’t be long before our winter visitors such as Whooper Swans, Pink Footed Geese, Teal and Wigeon arrive, filling the loch. We also have the antics of our mammals to look forward to – we’ll shortly be switching the osprey webcam over to the canal cam as we did last year so you can watch the Otter, Beaver (& family), Pine Marten, Fallow and Roe Deer and others.

We’re heading towards the Autumn Equinox, this is when day and night are approximately same length. After the Equinox the North Pole begins to tilt away from the sun and the evenings in the northern hemisphere become increasingly dark until the Winter Solstice. Why not join us for our Autumn Equinox Family Fun Day on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. Find out how the equinox affects wildlife, join in our Fallow Deer trail, make some antlers, crack the codes, solve the puzzles and more. Activities run from 11am-4pm and are FREE as part of the general admission.

Lindsey

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While the Ospreys may have gone there are many other species on the reserve that can be seen. With the recent drop in temperature our Red Squirrels and Woodland birds …

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