Sunday, 19 March 2017

Hares and Burrows

Thrilled to watch some boxing hares this morning!

Meanwhile, there's a sudden explosion of water vole burrows in the field off Edgeley Road.

  These two burrows below and the bitten-off reed are from the back of Edward German Drive.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

White Lion Meadow Vole on a Saturday Afternoon


Burrow with Feeding Round it

Here's a pretty small adult water vole, busy making burrows like the one in the photo at the bottom. You can clearly see the vegetation's been nibbled round the borrow entrance, too. (We'll assume the vole wasn't responsible for the snack bar.)

Monday, 6 March 2017

First Vole of 2017!

Great to see this colony up and running again, though I note that the water by Tesco's is contaminated by diesel again. Last time this happened it came from the lorry park at Grocontinental. I don't know where this spill originates, but I've reported it to the Environment Agency.

Friday, 24 February 2017

On Whixall Moss again

 Female reed bunting

Great tit

 Male reed bunting

 Part leucistic sparrow

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Pollution in the Brook

This disgusting-looking stuff is sewage fungus, and grows when nutrients contaminate the water. In this case, judging by the state of fungal growth, the pollution's chronic; in other words it's been going on for months.

This part of the brook - actually a tributary into the main water course - doesn't have a lot in the way of an "upstream", so one of the places the Environment Agency are looking at is the new anaerobic digestion plant owned by Grocontinental which is in the next field. Its possible that the maize stored on that site has been allowed to leak nutrients into the ground and they've ended up in the water course, causing the problem.

Worryingly, the brook runs right through town and into Greenfields Nature Reserve at Chemistry, with water vole colonies all along the length. A lot of people will be watching for the outcome of this.