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Bird Boxes for 2013

Michael and Rose Williams came on 27 February. It was a chilly but beautifully sunny day – just the weather for putting up a number of new bird boxes along the edge of one of the fields which belong to … Continue reading

08. March 2013 by Voyager
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The Jubilee Wood Part II

Following the sapling plantings in March 2012, the second set of saplings were put in on the 24th of February. Not the best day perhaps – the chill factor was noticeable so the Volunteers kept moving! The cherry, rowan and … Continue reading

24. February 2013 by Voyager
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Bird Feeding

The Marina’s farmland and song birds typically struggle during the cold dark months from January to April before the fields and hedgerows start to green up and there’s little food left from the previous year. David Boddy’s shrub and tree … Continue reading

22. February 2013 by Voyager
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Wetlands Bird Survey February 2013

  John Barefoot came to do the survey in February. It was a cold raw day and we wouldn’t have been surprised if the birds had been huddled up in a cosy corner somewhere. But in the event the usual … Continue reading

22. February 2013 by Voyager
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Wildlife Annual Report 2012

David Boddy’s Annual Report gives a full breakdown of activities and outcomes for the Marina’s Wildlife (both flora and fauna). The Bat Report is not included here but can be seen under the ‘Bat’ Section of the Wildlife website.

22. February 2013 by Voyager
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Our Oystercatchers

Through 2012, we had a pair of Oystercatchers at the Marina. They made a couple of nests in different areas and produced eggs but these were taken before hatching. It’s now February 2013 and they have just returned, so we … Continue reading

22. February 2013 by Voyager
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Wetland Birds Survey January 2013

Paul Bingham, WeBS Volunteer, came to do the monthly count and the results are in the table below. Whilst the focus is on Wetland Birds, other birds are also noted and, with several other people accompanying the walk around, the … Continue reading

14. January 2013 by Voyager
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Litter Picking on the Towpath

The Volunteer Group (with plastic bags, pickers and good gloves) headed out onto the Towpath between the Marina and Willington, going into the little wood and scrambling through the hedges. Plastic bags soon filled and, thanks to the courtesy of … Continue reading

06. January 2013 by Voyager
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Mercia Bat Report 2012

In 2012, Mercia Marina invited members of the Derbyshire Bat Conservation Group to undertake surveys of bat activity. A survey of the Marina’s bat activity was done before the construction work started; a common pipistrelle was the only bat recorded … Continue reading

05. January 2013 by Voyager
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Wildlife Area Signs

Hayley Powell (www.foreverforged.co.uk), our Blacksmithing Moorer, has designed and made a brand which will go onto wooden boards and, by early Spring, placed at known nesting areas around the Marina. We had a large number of birds breeding at the … Continue reading

20. December 2012 by Voyager
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