CARRS WILDLIFE REPORT JANUARY – MARCH 2018
This winter has been one of mixed weather for wildlife, mild damp spells interspersed with cold, windy ones with few days of ice and snow.
JANUARY – Hazel and Alder catkins in flower, first Snowdrops bursting by January 5th. Strong winds brought down one of the 100yr old Turkey Oaks in the railway/Green Close ditch. Successful RSPB Big Birdwatch on January 28th recorded 20 species, including 10 of those on the watch list.
Displays: “Carrs in Winter” and RSPB Birdwatch results
FEBRUARY – Excellent display of Snowdrops under the Norway Maple tree by February 8th, joined in early March by others to the bank to the north along with wild Dafodills. First Celendines seen along Gatley Brook in late February, about the usual time. Very good winter scenes of various habitats shown on Facebook. Bird table vandalised but replaced and a new bird feeder. Bird and bat box survey showed that about 10 bird boxes lost, about 30 still in place and 8 bat boxes, but few new ones erected this year. Fieldfares and Redpolls seen in gardens in the snowy periods.
Displays: “Trees and Buds in Winter”
MARCH – Purple Crocuses planted last autumn finally appeared by March 13th then made a spectacular display. Photos on Facebook showed, Field Speedwell and Lungwort or Pulmonaria (planted) in flower and diverse fungi, Scarlet Elf Cap, Bushing Bracket, Mazegill and Jelly Ear, also yellow lichen Xanthoria with spore capsules, all appearing by March 11th.
Displays: “Signs of Spring and where to see them”