The latest from Drakelow Nature Reserve

Thomas Cockburn tells us about his latest sightings....

DRAKELOW NATURE RESERVE: W/E 10th November 2019. Flood pool and service road – update. The flood water now stretches along the road for more than 200yards with a depth of nine inches at the deepest point. The water beyond the raised section of road (the deepest part) has now merged with another flood pool that covers the adjacent concreted area. THIS FLOOD WILL NOT CLEAR ANYTIME SOON. Unless you are confident that your vehicle will survive a passage through the depth of water you are advised to stay away. The reserve waters remain high with all but two paths open and a fall in the levels is not anticipated. Up to date news includes the presence of the Long-tailed Duck and Hooded Merganser on the 10th but with most of the duck numbers remaining low. The latest count gave Mallard - 17, Teal – 12, Gadwall – 49, Shoveler – 12, Wigeon – 12, Tufted Duck – 48, Pochard – seven and a male Goldeneye. As is usual with high water levels Coot numbers are down at 22 but Water Rails have been noted in a couple of areas. Most other species are pretty much ‘run of the mill’ with Cetti’s Warbler in good voice towards the eastern side of the site. With thanks to KW and AG.