Service Resumed

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We are delighted to announce that the nature reserve re-opened to members on the 12th April. After battling the flooding for a couple of months, the main reserve paths are again passable, however there is still some flooding on the extension near the bunker which requires wellingtons to cross. This can be by circumnavigated by […]

Rising Water

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This winter, the whole country has received unprecedented levels of rain and snow. This combined with Kings Dykes existing water level issues has resulted in the reserve flooding to the point that the paths are impassable, even with wellies. Therefore, we had to make the difficult decision to close the reserve until further notice. We […]

Splashing Around

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Just before Christmas we were able to restart the pump to reduce the water levels in the main mere, after connecting  a new outlet. This was an exciting time with sinking boats, falling over and plenty of mud. First job on the list was to uncurl the 4 x 100 metre sections of pipe (each […]

Autumn 2020

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The Autumn colours were in full force at Kings Dyke with vibrant reds provided by a male Lesser Redpoll and a few remaining common darters. Yellows and oranges were represented by the many tree’s starting to shed their leaves. With Winter on its way the reed warblers and Swifts fled the reserve in search of […]

Summer 2020

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With lockdown relaxed, members returned to the reserve. Thank you for all the sightings we received this year from member new and old. We received a full array of sightings from delicate butterflies to powerful Marsh harriers. Butterfly transects of the reserve revealed 14 plus butterfly species such as Essex skipper and Wall brown. This […]

Rising Water levels

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The rising water levels over the winter has made a few changes to the reserve. The tern islands have been submerged and the feeders needed to be relocated from the front of the hide to the pond dipping area. Nature found its own way this year with the terns moving nesting spots, so we were […]

COVID 19 – Spring 2020

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Spring 2020 was an unusual time; the hides and fossil area were shut and the gates locked. Even though we were only allowed 1 hour of exercise it didn’t deter our members from spotting some awesome sights. While not all the members could visit the reserve, plenty of throwback photos were posted so we were […]

The Wasp Spider pays a visit to the Reserve!

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The Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi) was first spotted near the pond dipping platform on Saturday 25th August 2018, by member George Walthew. This is a new addition to the reserve’s species list.  This species of spider is known to live predominantly along the south coast of England, although they are now establishing in habitats further northwards. […]

Chris Packham’s BioBlitz 2018

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The nature reserve was delighted to have been asked to take part in Chris Packham’s 24hr BioBlitz, from the 21st to 22nd July. This was an intense period of ecological surveying to record all of the living species on the reserve! We were incredibly lucky to have a visit from Chris Packham himself, who spent […]

 
  • Service ResumedWe are delighted to announce that the nature reserve re-opened [...]
  • Rising WaterThis winter the whole country has received unprecedented levels of [...]
  • Splashing AroundJust before Christmas we were able to restart the pump [...]
  • Autumn 2020The Autumn colours were in full force at Kings Dyke [...]