Is it really November? Thoughts and images from warden, Martin.

171102 Milton Locks by Martin Roberts

I came into the office this morning to find an email and beautiful images from one of our most active Friends of Milton Locks, warden volunteer Martin. Martin and his wife Carole (from the A-team, see below) pop into the reserve once a week to collect any litter and keep an eye on things. Here is what Martin had to say.

We live over the hill and awoke today to a foggy morning but we thought we’d still do our regular visit to Milton Locks. What a good decision, we arrived to blue skies, bright sunshine and with little breeze barely a ripple on the lake. It was just about high tide so as we walked down the path we could see a Little Egret right up on the beach and it stayed around so I could get some shots of it, I do like their yellow feet.

171102 little egret by Martin RobertsThe reserve was looking excellent in the autumnal sunshine. Out on the lake and round into the harbour there were many hundreds of recently returned Brent Geese swimming around quietly calling to each other. Quite a sight, and sound, when something spooked them and they all took off but they returned very quickly.

171102 Brent Geese by Martin RobertsAs we sat on a bench in the warm sunshine drinking our coffee from the local shop and looking out over the harbour we thought “is this really November?”. Yes and a joy to be out.171102 high tide by Martin Roberts

Thank you very much Martin. If you would like to find out about wardening or volunteering in another way, please do get in touch.






Sightings and lovely photo from Martin

Our volunteer wardens, Carole and Martin were out on the nature reserve this morning and Martin sent me an email about their encounters. Here’s what he had to say.

What a difference a day makes. After the rain all day yesterday the sun appeared today so we ventured out for our walk around Milton Locks.

There were a few butterflies flitting around, Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and I think the picture I took is a Common Blue but I’ve no idea what the flower is. There was a very large flock of noisy starlings in the bushes and a smaller flock of house sparrows tweeting in a bramble bush which was covered in ripe blackberries. A number of swallows were swooping round in circles just over our head. Out on Eastney Lake were a lot of Black Headed Gulls, a few Oyster Catchers, a Curlew and a Little Egret. There were a number of Crows foraging in the seaweed on the shoreline and one was demonstrating their classic way of eating shell fish, carry it up high then drop on a hard surface, repeat until it breaks open, eat contents before gulls arrive then go and find another one. You have to admire their persistence. Not bad for a 30 minute stroll around the reserve whilst we were picking up litter.

Thank you for sharing Martin.

common blue by Martin Roberts