|The Isle of Man visable on one of our Natterjack evenings|
Well April has been an incredibly busy month for us. We've had regular patrols with the Police, with really positive results. A new interpretation panel has been erected in the car park with new safety and event signs. The NVC survey has also started and will hopefully be concluded the end of July so that we will have a map of the plant communities found on the reserve. With the lack of rainfall on the reserve, we thought it might be a good idea to map the amount of water (or lack of it) in the slacks throughout the season. This information can also be collated year on year to hopefully provided us with an overall picture of the hydrology of the site allowing us better management for the natterjack toads.
Talking of which, we now have thousands of tiny tadpoles still in their comma stage. The first hatching happened on the 20th April however they didn't become free swimming until the 25th. Most of the tadpoles even now are mostly inactive and this is due to the cold weather. The overall count of spawn strings to date is 241, but there is still time!
|Tiny commas, hatched on the 20th April|
|Bar headed goose|
So to our collection of summer migrants of willow warblers, wheatears and blackcaps we can add the whitethroat on the 24th April. We also had an enormous flock of 180 Sandwich terns take refuge on Hodbarrow Rerserve across the estuary from us on the same day.