Being up and outside before dawn on a weekend is one of my favorite things. It feels as though you get a head start on the weekend and the silence is only broken by the dawn chorus.
Perfect morning out today with some great company, and a decent sighting list with some highlights including:
▪️Grey headed bushshrike
▪️Black cuckoo (lifer for me)
▪️Lesser honeyguide (also lifer for me)
▪️Red chested flufftail calling
▪️Golden tailed woodpecker
▪️Little sparrowhawk calling
🇬🇧 Crisp and cool mornings on the river.
The high rainfall that this place has gotten lately has caused the Avon River to rise in the valley; resulting in the deck walkway seemimgly float on the waters surface.
Sun seekers and residents alike shudder at the prospect of another downpour.
However if you take the time to explore you will find the beautiful wonders left by the wrath of nature.
🎉 N E W P R I N T ! 🎉 I’ve finally finished tinkering with my Hackney Marshes illustration and it’s now listed in my shop 😊🖼🛍 This is the first in a series of views along the river Teign, so look out for more to come soon!
Standing in the flow of water makes you appreciate the power of nature. And it’s been flexing its muscles this week 💪
The River Tame activated its flood plain big stylee after Storm Denis. 🌬🌧🌬🌧 Nothing unnatural about a river using its flood plain and its whole system. What is unnatural is the rate at which water gets into the system. The River Tame flows through an urban catchment, weaving its way through the Birmingham area with tarmac roads, drains and culverts designed to move water fast & away and these structures are very good at it. Add onto this heavy rain and cumulatively it causes a steep spike in the river level graphs. 💥
I work on a nature reserve which is designed to flood. It holds water so houses & lives further down the catchment don’t get ruined. What has happened in recent years are these floods are getting more intense & happening more often. The reserve is resilient but has a limit. The impact on the ground is obvious in places such as paths or fencing being damaged but what about the wildlife? Usually periodic inundation is a good thing. A dynamic wetland affords different niches for a range of wildlife. It’s when the inundation of water happens in the Spring and for prolonged periods that the effects aren’t good. Nests washed away and silt deposits on the flower rich and invertebrate rich areas. Which is happening in increasingly frequent episodes with the gap between these episodes shortening and increasing the risk of wildlife not having the chance to recover.
So far in the last 9 months we’ve seen 3 of the largest floods in the past 10 years. I sincerely hope this isn’t the new normal. Otherwise we may not need footpaths to get around site but canoes. #climatebreakdown#urbanriver#rivercatchments#rivertame#rspbmiddletonlakes#climatecrisis#floodplain#dynamicriver#riversystem#flooding#nature#naturereserve#riverlife#wildlifeconservation#wetlands#climatechange#urbanisation#effectsofurbanisation#wetlandecology#wetlandconservation#climateresilience
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park provides a valuable home for some of the UK’s rarest inhabitants, including cuckoos, adders, water voles and the extremely rare shrill carder bee.
However, just 10 years ago, this was one of Europe’s largest landfill sites, receiving up to 660,000 tonnes of London’s waste each year. But with the addition of a 1.4 metre thick layer of clay to seal off the 30 metres of waste beneath it, the site has become a valuable scrubland environment.