Since 2012 the Reserve has worked towards the introduction of the Harvest Mouse to areas of the Reserve providing a suitable habitat – since this time approx. 900 mice have been released.
The flood occurrence over Xmas 2015 completely swamped the early release areas causing significant damage to the habitat and it was thought at that time the mice would not have survived such conditions.
It’s now pleasing to be able to report that a series of breeding nests have been found on both Tim’s Field and the Scrubland (16 to date) which indicates success for the introduction programme. Further survey work will now be undertaken to determine the extent of the breeding activity.
It’s a great result for the Reserve and a particularly satisfying reward for Trustee John Brook and his wife Maxine who have spent many hours managing the release programme.
Lapwings have nested successfully on Tim’s Field in the past and at least four pairs did so again this year. A total of 9 juveniles have been seen on the Wet Grassland and Duck Marsh including 2 very young chicks seen and one photographed by Andrew Thompson at the end of the Willow Path on 8th July.
Just like last year 3 juvenile Kestrels have fledged from the east facing Barn Owl box in the compound. Last year the three birds were first seen together on 10th July. This year’s juveniles appeared for the first time on the ledge of the box on 5th July.
It’s great to be able to announce the award of £3176 from the Co-op Community Fund initiative.
A really big thank you goes to the Co-op Community Fund and to all those shoppers at our 3 local branches who chose Rodley Nature Reserve Trust as their good cause.
Yet a further example of the terrific support we receive from our local community.