I spent Saturday 13th of March at the Wildfowl And Wetlands Trust in Arundel, West Sussex. Whilst I have visited the reserve a few times before this was probably the most enjoyable day I have spent there.
There were plenty of birds to see – both wild and captive – of which probably seeing a great spotted woodpecker so close up was the highlight, though with so many species seen it is a very tough choice indeed.
One thing that I found very interesting indeed was the way that the WWT weren’t focusing their conservation efforts solely on the birds, though this is what they are best known for. They were also putting effort into a wide variety of other wetland species such as the water vole and dormice.
The WWT had erected dozens of nestboxes to encourage dormice as shown in the image below and once the plants have grown up again this year these nest boxes will provide a wonderfully secret place for them.
Of course mention of the WWT wouldn’t be complete without some photos of what I saw. So I hope you enjoy the following snaps which I took at the reserve.
You can find out more about the Arundel WWT site by visiting their website here.