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Batty Bonanza

On 9th September, 30 Natterers Bats were discovered in a bat box on Hinderclay Fen. The bat boxes were put in place in 2007 throughout the LOHP area and up until now we have only found small numbers of Pipistrelle bats using them as mating roosts in the autumn. Hopefully, the Natterers will breed in the boxes as they do on nearby Redgrave & Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve. Our new bat detector is showing that Hinderclay is a very rich site for bats - visit our archive for reports 
To learn more about bats in Suffolk click here.
Release date: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Delighting in the fens

Our final Walk and Talk of the summer was summed up for Becky Whatley in the 'delight that walk leader Mike Harding expressed when he stood, near the end of the walk, in the wonders of Thelnetham Fen, quite late evening, after a wonderful veg curry.  He said in all the years he had been associated with the Fens in the area he had never seen the marsh helleborines looking so good. He squatted down to show us this rare plant, only to realise it was everywhere, he was standing on some, they were both sides of the path, and right up to the path.  The talk had been a brief round up of the topics covered before, for the benefit of those who were new to the talks, and the walk covered areas we had seen earlier in the season, noting changes in vegetation and water levels - Parker's Piece and Bleswycks ponds in particular.  The scrape was drying up and there were little sticklebacks lying dead, with at least one still hanging alive.'
Release date: Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dawn on 3rd May

dawn chorus walkers on the Little Ouse fens on 3rd May

Dawn on 3rd May saw an intrepid bunch of early-risers, led by the BTO's Prof Rob Fuller, enjoying the bird song on the Blo'Norton and Thelnetham Fens. Blackcap, garden warbler, whitethroat, chiffchaff, willow warbler, reed warbler, hobby, swift, cuckoo and barn owl were among the birds heard and seen. Calm weather, beautiful light and a finale of breakfast rolls, scones, pastries and hot drinks provided by Margaret Malley and Rosemary Jones made it a perfect morning - with the added bonus of Rosemary's homemade marmalades and blackcurrant jam!

 

Release date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spring Clearance!

Volunteers at Broomscot Common in February

Eighteen volunteers cleared cut sallow on Broomscot Common, on a beautiful bright February Sunday. Task leader Reg Langston said 'a bonfire kept us warm, in spite of the cold wind, and Laura's rock cakes provided very welcome sustenance during our tea break!' Some of the sallow scrub on the wettest parts of the Common have been cut down to allow more light to reach the wetland plants growing under the remaining sallows. 

Release date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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