A Harvest Mouse nest was found at Thames Road Wetland on June 20th, whilst cutting vegetation to maintain access along the path on one of the ditch bunds. It was only a couple of inches above ground, and woven into grass leaves that were clearly of 2016 growth, which proves that it was made this year. Several nests of this, Britain’s smallest rodent, and a rarity in London, were found quite unexpectedly in 2014, but none were discovered last year, so it is a joy and a relief to secure confirmation that the species is still present.
In addition, a number of the feeding tubes baited with seed, located where most of the 2014 nests were found, and rigged to make it difficult for Wood Mice to get to them, continue to have their contents reduced to husks after every refill.
A rainy morning having given way to a sunny afternoon, a number of basking Common Lizards were seen. A lot of mounded ant’s nests have appeared recently, including in the middle of the lizard basking tyres, which is somewhat unhelpful! A male Reed Bunting was calling. The small group of horses, which now has a young foal, were grazing on the east side of the Wansunt.
As befitted what was almost the longest day of the year, a pair of Swifts turned up late on and were still swooping low over the site at 21.52, when what looked like a male Stag beetle – which would be a new site record – was glimpsed flying in the gloom.
Chris Rose. Site Manager.