Now on Twitter!

Just launched https://twitter.com/IanThewildside Also check https://www.ukeconet.org/

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That loving touch

Mute swans pair-bonding at Clumber Park, Worksop. They were making a strange almost snorting noise…..well it takes all sorts!

 

Ian

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Mystery song bird

Dawn So from Chesterfield sent this recording and asked what could it possibly be.

I saw your page about birds in the Twist, and wondered if you might help me? I have a couple of short recordings on my phone, taken in Feb this year, of a bird whose sound was more shrill and louder than all the others, such that I could hear it from my flat. As soon as I heard it, I wondered what sort of bird it could be, because I usually only hear robin, blackbird, and magpie from indoors. I tracked it down to a patch of overgrown land to the rear of our flats and made the recordings, but could not see the bird itself. Although there is plenty of background noise from road and all other birds, you can immediately hear this birds shrill but intermittent noises – done in short repetitious bursts of 3, 4, or 5 each time. Is there any way I could send you these recordings from my phone? Are you on WhatsApp? I’m not very tech savvy. I wonder if you could satisfy my curiosity and be able to identify the bird for me? I have been online on various sites, and listened to many bird songs, but was unable to identify it myself. The other curious thing is that that day (21st Feb) was the only time I have ever heard it here!

I have been thrilled to hear Tawny owls here also, at certain times of the year. I was easily able to identify them from owl noises online – or I should say the male – because he was the one doing all the hooting! We have quite a good number of large mature trees around here, in the St Helen’s area and our flats are next to the churchyard, which has over 30 mature trees alone. We also get a few bats (Pipistrelle?) in the summer evenings.

The answer of course – a Song Thrush

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Notes from a Wildlife Garden

Notes from a Wildlife Garden – Parakeets becoming celebrities across the region!

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Spring on its way

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Notes from a Wildlife Garden

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River Don Roe Deer

Sheffield’s Roe Deer taking to the waters in the River Don


Kyle E @hellagood88  Tweeted Apr 29 I’ve just seen a deer swimming up the Don!!! In #kelhamisland #sheffieldissuper

Sheffield Rising @SheffieldRisingAmazing, I managed to catch a short video of him when he passed the bridge!

https://twitter.com/SheffieldRising/status/1387835539202662406?s=20 

https://twitter.com/hellagood88/status/1387681135853985795

https://twitter.com/IanThewildside/status/1388150972606779396


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Oh dear……..

I can’t comment in detail as I haven’t seen the specific site but Oh Dear….!’ this does not sound good and indeed echoes my own concerns about some misinformed conservation management with good intentions but very poor outcomes…….. This is not ‘rewilding’. [See the earlier blog about threats to woodlands].

 

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/rewilding-row-after-national-trust-ploughs-over-irreplaceable-waxcap-fungi/ar-BB1fRwao?ocid=msedgntp 

Please contact the National Trust directly if you have concerns over this one.

Interestingly, the ranger stated that the soils were ‘low in nutrients’ – ‘low in productivity’ and therefore of little conservation value – which of course is entirely wrong!!!!

We need to think about what ‘conservation’ means – sometimes just looking after and ‘conserving’ nature rather than interfering  and thinking that somehow we can improve on what is there – which is gardening and is good in the right place. In the wrong place it can be disastrous!!

 

Ian

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The Fens and the Fennish

The Fens and the Fennish

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https://sassphere.blogspot.com/2021/04/q-with-ian-rotherham-professor-of.html

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Dereliction to Tourism Hub – the story of RSPB Old Moor in the Dearne Valley

Dereliction to Tourism Hub – the story of RSPB Old Moor in the Dearne Valley:

https://youtu.be/Tz6HtzIoexo

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