Breeding is in full swing on the reserve. A count today yielded 4 Mallard broods of various ages, 1 Gadwall brood, 1 Coot brood, and a Canada Goose with a large young. In addition there were 2 Mute Swan, 2 Coot and 2 Great Crested Grebe on nests - Mute Swans and Great Crested Grebe in particular seem late this year. Water bird numbers were higher with 115 Mallard, and 37 Gadwall noted. 8 Grey Heron and 7 Little Egret were good counts for the summer period. Reed Warblers were still in full song with 20 counted, but Sedge Warblers seem to have become quieter with only 3 heard. There is extensive exposed mud on Lake 9 which attracted Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Common Tern (on the posts) and many of the herons previously mentioned.
Witches Oak Water by Vic Bevan
Sedge warblers seem to have become quieter with only 3 heard.