Winter vegetation management work continues at Thames Road Wetland:
Keeping an open area of water at the west end of the site by pulling up/cutting Reedmace, cutting an area of expanding Reed-bed to provide an ideal winter feeding area for declining Snipe, along with pollarding Willows and Sallows to maintain views and hold back succession to wet woodland, have to be done in winter, outside of the breeding season. Ill-health, Thames21 staffing issues and resulting logistics regarding equipment access mean that progress has slowed lately and we can only have a small group on site at present. Fortunately there was a concerted 'blitz' in mid-November thanks to help from a church group in Crayford along with T21 people from further afield. Much Reedmace was removed to large piles, but still needs removing from the water. Site manager Chris Rose and Ray Hudson have kept things moving since, and were cutting more Reed yesterday.
A Kestrel has been seen a couple of times recently. On January 3rd there were 5 Goldfinch, 8 Long-tailed Tit and 6 Snipe were inadvertently flushed from the usual open shallow and cut Reed area at the west end of the site. On the 18th there was a Sparrowhawk. As usual a Robin shadowed our Reed work, acting as if it was a garden resident rather than being out in 'the wild'. A Cetti's Warbler is ever-present and plenty of Gulls fly over from the shed roofs over the road.
Disappointingly, a Water Rail has yet to be heard this winter. Perhaps the usual bird (or two) has died or the mild weather has kept it elsewhere. Similarly no Teal yet. ...
The grounds of Slimbridge attract many winter visitors including white fronted geese and Bewick swans that can be observed from a number of hides. As well as wild birds the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT) has a range of wildfowl on site and conduct captive breeding of endangered species. There is an entrance charge for non WWT Members. The coach leaves from outside Bexleyheath Library, Townley Road To book your coach seat contact Diane Lelliott on 0208 850 9705
Time: 07.00 - 19.00
Price: £18 plus entrance charge for non WWT members
Woodlands Farm. Mid-Winter Guided Walk Sun 21st Jan 11:00 - 12:30
Join us for our mid-winter guided walk. The theme of this walk is Witches, Wasps and Woodland. There is always something interesting to see at the farm; meeting the animals and learning how the farm works with nature during the winter. Meet at the education centre at 11am. This walk is geared towards adults, however children are welcome.
The walk will involve walking through muddy fields so please wear appropriate footwear and will not be suitable for bug
The Woodlands Farm Trust 331 Shooters Hill Welling, Kent DA16 3RP 020 8319 8900 firstname.lastname@example.org ...