Sunday 11th March was an exceptionally warm still day, perfect for coaxing raptors into the air. Several Buzzards were seen in the same thermal and an amazing sight was a ‘kettle’ of eight Common Buzzards that were joined by two Rough-legged Buzzards. Several Sparrowhawks and Kestrels and a Peregrine were also seen. The bird counts are a monthly event and are a good way of collecting data on the welfare and abundance of birds on the reserve. They are held on the second Sunday of every month. People meet at the end of Teal Close in time to set off at 07.45 and normally finish at about 11.00. If you would like to attend just turn up and join in.
At tonight’s meeting of the Trust we all learnt how to use this fab new website!
When National Grid applied to Gedling Borough Council for planning permission for a new substation adjacent to the Netherfield Lagoons site, Gedling Conservation Trust raised objections, as the site to be used was a traditional roost site for migrating Golden Plover. National Grid were persuaded to mitigate the effects of their development by providing an alternative site close by. They are currently honouring this agreement by digging two wader scrapes in the field beside the lagoons which will be managed by the Trust and should provide the habitat that the plovers and other migrating waders require.