December 2012

What a wet year! The reserve has been flooded about 8 times but in spite of all the rain our new paths have survived really well and show no signs of destruction - unlike the muddy Riverside Walk which is almost unusable. There is a lot of silt deposited around the river seat, but we have brushed it off once and it will be done again to restore a clean hard surface. One of the hibernacula was partly flooded, but the big one remained dry so we hope the reptiles will have survived.

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Our record of 15 dragonflies from last year was not repeated this year but good numbers of Scarce Chaser Dragonfly and White legged Damselflies were found, along with an unusually large number of Brown Hawkers. Let’s hope for a good year in 2013.

Our butterfly numbers were down as they were almost everywhere.

It was good to find a new species for the reserve in a Herald Moth, quite a common one which flies in the winter - pictured below.

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Keep a look out for waxwings which have come to winter in Britain in recent weeks. Please let the wardens know if you see one.

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All records are valuable. Please report your findings to the wardens (Tel. 01225 703859), or if possible to the Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Record centre -


Records of hedgehogs - anywhere in Wiltshire - are particularly welcome just now.

We are planning several events for 2013 to help you get more from this reserve - Watch this space!

Season’s Greetings to all our readers

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