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Sea swallows in the Country Park

August 4, 2015 – 7:11 am |

The common tern is a bird that seems to hang from the sky on invisible threads, such are its powers of flight. Of any bird I’ve ever watched this is the one that appears to …

Swifts – last chance to see…

July 30, 2015 – 7:09 am |

Given the cold, wet and windy weather in the last few days, you couldn’t blame swifts if they’ve left already. Generally they leave around now, just as soon as their young have fledged and high …

Snakes in the Park

July 23, 2015 – 9:04 am |

Country Park Rangers have reported an increase in the number of sightings of grass snakes this summer. This may be because the dry weather has forced them to move more to find the wet conditions …

Ragwort – scourge or wildlife hero?

June 10, 2015 – 3:15 pm | One Comment

There aren’t many plants around which heated debate focuses. Our own native ragwort, Senecio jacobaea, a familiar and rather beautiful member of the daisy family, sure does raise some strong and vocal opinion. I admire …

Spring out to a woodland in the Forest

May 27, 2015 – 9:51 am |

Do you feel the need to commune with nature and get close to trees, grass, birds and flowers? If so, you don’t need to drive miles, the Forest of Marston Vale can provide plenty of …

Spring in Marston Vale Woodlands

April 14, 2015 – 1:45 pm |

What better way to spend a sunny morning than a lovely walk through some of the woodlands of the Forest of Marston Vale Trust?  Spring is definitely well on the way with bluebells beginning to …

Wetland Trail closure – approximately 2 weeks from Monday 13th April

April 12, 2015 – 6:24 am | 2 Comments

To complete the last stage of the Tower Hide in the Millennium Country Park, contractors will begin work, on Monday 13 April, to build a surfaced path to link to the hide’s ramp from the …

Tower Hide reaches final stage

April 8, 2015 – 10:18 am |

You may have noticed the tower hide appearing over the course of the last couple of months. It’s certainly visible now from the Park’s entry drive. The great news we can report now is that …

National Nest Box Week – 14th-21st February

February 3, 2015 – 12:42 pm |

Did you know that there is a National Nest Box Week?  This year it takes place between 14th and 21st February and is organised by the British Trust for Ornithology.  They would like us to …

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

January 18, 2015 – 11:31 am |

Don’t forget that the annual Big Garden Bird Watch takes place over the weekend of 24/25th January.  Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of our countryside so surveys of this kind are …

Going up in the world

December 10, 2014 – 9:47 am | One Comment

Things are afoot in the Wetlands Nature Reserve…
For many many years, there has been a desire to install an elevated, ‘tower hide’ in the Wetlands Nature Reserve, at the heart of the Millennium Country Park. …

Cute ponies installed for the winter

November 25, 2014 – 5:07 pm | One Comment

It’s that happy time of year when we hear the clip clop of small hooves arriving back at the Park and I love it!
Our wet meadows require grazing throughout the year to ensure they are …

Vis Mig Watch

October 28, 2014 – 11:39 am |

At 6.30 this morning, intrepid local birder, Bob Hook arrived at Folly Wood in Lidlington to carry out a Visible Migration (or Vis Mig) Watch. I’ve lurked on the periphery of the birding world for …

Best sighting of the week?

September 23, 2014 – 1:08 pm | One Comment

My best sighting of the week was not one, not two but three buzzards, lazily circling on thermals, high above Wiles Wood.  As they slowly drifted towards Van Diemens Land, I could hear their plaintive, …

White cormorant in the Park

September 9, 2014 – 10:23 am |

A rather unusual sighting last Saturday 6 September, next to the Pillinge Lake, was this white cormorant, photographed by regular visitor, Mark King. We think it’s a form called leucistic rather than an albino as …

Autumn bird walk – book now

September 3, 2014 – 8:27 am |

There’s still time to book a place on this Saturday morning’s Autumn Bird Walk in the Millennium Country Park. There’s no need to be an expert – an interest in the wildlife of the Country …

Turtle Doves return!

May 22, 2014 – 12:00 pm |

 
At the start of May, we heard about the upcoming, petition-lead referendum in Malta to end Spring hunting of birds like Turtle Doves (‘Turtle Doves – will they return?’) and Bob Hook has got some …

Wings to the wall

May 21, 2014 – 7:00 am | 2 Comments

 
It was only last week that I found myself in the lovely new bird hide admiring stunning views across the Pillinge lake. As I glanced over to the artificial sand martin wall I noticed a …

Still time to catch the chorus

May 7, 2014 – 5:30 pm | 2 Comments

If you missed last Saturday’s bird walk, you missed a cracker! And if you regret that, there’s still time to hear the glory of a dawn chorus in the Country Park, albeit at a slightly …

Hurrah for the harrier

May 7, 2014 – 12:56 pm |

One of the key species that the Park reedbeds hoped to attract when they were designed in the 1990s, was marsh harrier. Increasingly, with the maturity of the reedbeds marsh harriers sightings have become more …



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