Heartwood Forest Wildlife Notes
The fantastic display of poppies and other wild flowers has caught everyone’s attention this month. They’ve made visiting Heartwood an even better experience.
The birdlife has generally been quieter this month as the main breeding season comes to an end. Sightings of Corn Bunting have been reported which I think is a new species. Once numerous on farmland across the country, Corn Bunting numbers have plunged catastrophically in recent years due to industrial food production methods. Hopefully they will find Heartwood to their liking for many years.
Dragonflies are not a common sight at Heartwood Forest but a report of a Broad-bodied Chaser at the pond near Well Wood was good news. When I visited subsequently a pair were active there, so perhaps the species will become established, although the pond is a favourite spot for the local dogs to ‘swim’ and is always churned up. Not ideal for wildlife.
I haven’t been seeing any Buzzard recently which is surprising as they’ve been resident in the area for many years. I hope this isn’t related to the illegal shootings in the area. Perhaps it’s just me not being observant, please let me know if you see any.
If you see any interesting wildlife at Heartwood Forest, please let me know so I can report it in these notes.
Geoff Horn email@example.com