Natural HistoryMeetings: 4th Wednesday of each Month Group Leader: HilaryTelephone: 431853
The Natural History group includes bird watching, but titled thus gives us a wider scope.We are planning various visits to local wildlife hotspots over the next few months.
Natural History Group ~ updateEleven members enjoyed a mild sunny morning at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust reserve at Steart Marshes, viewing birds from the Quantock Hide. In near perfect conditions we saw 3 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, many Shelduck, many Teal, the odd Mallard, about 8 pairs of Shoveller, a Coot, several Oystercatchers, about 18 Avocets, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Woodpigeon, Skylark (heard), a Pied Wagtail, a Dunnock, a Magpie, 2 Carrion Crows and 4 Goldfinches: also 3 Roe Deer grazing.The bulk of the massed over-wintering waders departed in February and the first of the summer visitors including the Little Ringed Plovers had arrived recently. In Autumn when the over-wintering waders and wildfowl return, several further species like Greenshank, Ruff, Little Stint (passage migrants) can be seen from this hide.If you are interested in finding out more about us, please ring me on 01278 431853. If I’m not around, please leave a message and I will endeavour to get back to you. Hilary
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