I've just finished a wonderful spring day at work in the Pits! I heard quite a few chiff-chaffs and found that our pied wagtails and robins are back in the yard, nest building. Our wintering redpolls and siskins are still on the feeders.
David Lack published his amazing Oxford study of "Swifts in a Tower" 60 years ago, in 1956. Since then, we must have learned a lot more about these most amazing birds, or have we? Find out from world-wide swift expert Dick Newell on April 1st. The talk is at St. Mary’s Church Buckden at 7.30pm. The entrance fee is only £5 and includes a free glass of wine or juice during the interval.
Sadly the Visitor Centre will be CLOSED on Wednesday because most staff and volunteers will be attending David Cobham's funeral in Bedford. David was a top volunteer. You can read about him on my blog. www.paxton-pits.blogspot.com
The Friends' AGM is always a good evening. About 90 people attended and the business was soon dealt with, leaving time for three presentations. Ian Dillon led the way with his talk abiout our bird ringing scheme. We learned a lot. Then Martin Runchman about the Kingfisher lottery and where the money goes, followed by random nonsense from Yours Truly. Well done The Friends!
Nightingales will be here soon. I wrote this for "The Buckden Roundabout".
Have you ever heard a nightingale sing? If not, have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about? Poets and writers go on and on about nightingales and it’s always about the song and the mix of melancholy and joy that it arouses in us.
It’s hardly worth describing the actual bird. You probably won’t see one because they hide among the leaves, and even when you do see one, there isn’t much to write h...
I've written a formal press release for HDC and the following for my blog. I hope a few parish magazines will take it up too.
Meet Molly and Marley visit Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.
When she is indoors, Molly is a shameless lap dog who will do anything for a cuddle but in the field, that cute little terrier becomes a terror! Deep down inside her genes there is a tiny bit of she-wolf that wants to run something down.
Meet Ellie, Freddy and Marley. I took this photo to promote considerate dog walking during the nesting season. From Easter we will be asking for dogs to be kept on leads across the meadow and up the main busy part of the Heronry Trail. Ellie was lovely and understands what we are about.
Paxton Pits has some interesting signs around the place. This is one of my favourites and I'm thinking of getting one to put outside the Bridge Hotel in Huntingdon where they found two bodies buried face down in a shallow grave last week. (They were not recently deceased.)