Autumn & Winter Highlights
Winter is a quiet time at the reserve, but there are still
some interesting birds present.
Look for: the winter migrants: Brambling, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll
and the winter thrushes – Redwing & Fieldfare.
Waders also visit the ponds and scrapes, including Snipe,
Sandpipers and occasionally Jack Snipe. Lapwing feeds in neighbouring fields.
The bird hide & feeding station is a good place to view the resident woodland birds – Blue, Great, Coal, Long-tailed and Marsh Tits. Dunnock, Nuthatch, Woodpeckers and Willow Tits visits occasionally.
Our Pied and Grey Wagtails are normally found around the small ponds just beyond the carpark.
The first spring flowers appear in late February. The bright yellow flowers of Coltsfoot are among the earliest.
Over-wintering adult butterflies may appear during a warm spell – Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock & Comma.
Listen for: The only bird to sing throughout the winter months is the
Robin, but the other species will start in Feb as they establish their breeding territories.
A gallery of photographs is on our website: www.fenr.org.uk