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Butterfly Drift Infill

A number of the plants from the creation of the Butterfly Drift had failed and so a group of volunteers got together with Jules when David Boddy said he was bringing down replacements he had grown from seed. Because the … Continue reading

05. July 2012 by Jo
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Dragon and Damselflies

“Dragonflies are marvels of aerodynamic engineering. The adult beats its two sets of wings out of phase and can control both frequency and amplitude. The angle of the two sets can be controlled independently, allowing for some astonishing aerial manoeuvres, … Continue reading

05. July 2012 by Jo
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Ladybirds at Mercia

There are 46 species of ladybirds in the UK but the marina habitat makes it unlikely that a number of these species will be seen. March, April and May has them populating all the bushes and shrubs – or so … Continue reading

26. June 2012 by Jo
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Fungi on the Marina

We don’t really know what we have on the Marina yet. The photographs in the Gallery section (click on top menu) were taken last Autumn, apart from the one of Mike and the Shaggy Ink Cap which was in Spring … Continue reading

25. June 2012 by Jo
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Building an Otter Holt

We have built one Otter Holt at the Marina and the Volunteer Group did some of the work towards building another. We know it’s unlikely that Otters will occupy these but it’s nice to feel we’re providing appropriate habitats for every kind of wildlife that just might arrive. Continue reading

11. June 2012 by Jo
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Bat Surveys and Sonograms

Steve and Alan Roe have continued to monitor the marina’s foraging bat species. On their second survey, they added Leisler’s and the Brown Long-Eared Bat to the tally.   The bats don’t roost here, they just come to feed but … Continue reading

05. June 2012 by Jo
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Green Dock Beetle

Gastrophysa Viridula They’re a metallic green in colour, about 4mm long with the females slightly longer at about 7mm. The female also has a swollen black abdomen prior to egg laying during the mating season which lasts from March to … Continue reading

05. June 2012 by Jo
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Walking Mercia Marina – May 2012

 (ANTICLOCKWISE) This Marina walk was put together by David Boddy for the LENS visit in May but would be useful for anyone doing a self-guided walk or wanting to show visitors the work that has been done over the last … Continue reading

01. June 2012 by Jo
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Bat Survey May 2012

There are 17 bat species in the UK, 11 in Derbyshsire and 9 of these in Findern. The Marina’s body of water with its insect life is an excellent habitat for bat foraging. Steve Roe, a member of the Derbyshire Bat Conservation … Continue reading

29. May 2012 by Jo
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Bird Ringing

Michael Williams is a Class A Ringer and, where appropriate, will be ringing the nestlings in the Marina nest boxes. Seven great tits were ringed on the 25th of March with Rose Williams assisting. The parent Great Tit was not … Continue reading

24. May 2012 by Jo
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