On the 28th August 2017…..
This Bank Holiday weekend, we made a special effort to visit the Attenborough Nature Reserve, which is a large wetland habitat managed by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. The view from the fabulous Attenbourgh Wildlife Centre was very relaxing and reminded us very much of RSPB Saltholme in Teeside and our own Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley Discovery Centre in our beautiful Northumberland.
The wetland was alive with the activity of nearby wildfowl, such as Tufted Duck, Pochard, Teal and Mallard; together with Coot and Moorhen. Amongst these we identified a single Garganey, a few Shoveler and several pairs of Great Crested and Little Grebes. A single Little Egret at times wandered into view, outnumbered by over over half a dozen Grey Herons, which were far from shy and frequently impressed us with their fishing skills.
Feeding along the edges of this attractive wetland habitat were at least six Green Sandpipers, and a single Wood Sandpiper. We also noted a couple of Dunlin and Black tailed Godwits.
We fell in love with the hide on stilts, where visitors could enjoy a 360 degree view of the reserve. Amazing! A hide such as this would be wonderful at Druridge Pools, Northumberland.
Dozens of Dragonflies joined us, as we explored this wildlife paradise. We also encountered a couple of Common Terns, and a single Pied Flycatcher. The final hide we visited; was nicknamed the Kingfisher hide and we soon discovered why. Within ten minutes, a handsome Kingfisher flew past. A great end out!