DYKE & MILLER'S
next to the
Stream on 1
Green Woodpecker took flight from Spring Dyke on an overcast day
with a couple of Mallards
on Miller's Stream
but nothing moving and nothing of note. The was a hole and burrow the size
of a rabbit's burrow but no rabbit droppings were seen at its entrance.
were also a handful of small isolated mushrooms
and a clump of them as well. It was one of those small species that I cannot
identify. The dominant vegetation (30% ground coverage) was the young growth
of Stinging Nettles. There were few unidentified mammal
single small (5 pence-sized cap) mushroom on
the flattened reeds of the Spring Dyke was a Tubaria
furfuracea. There was disturbance
evidence of a probable
and five Mallards
took flight. A large dry dropping
of an animal larger than a dog was spotted. The dropping looked like it
contained lots of vegetable matter, so I suspect it was a fewmet deposited
on the reeds by a Roe Deer.
were a dozen Moorhens
the pasture to the west of the road opposite with a Magpie.
large mechanical machine has now cut down the vegetation and its tyre tracks
could be seen on the reed strewn muddy bank next to the flooded stream.
Reedmace, or Bullrush
for three Grey Herons
that flew off on my approach there was nothing of special interest. It
is debatable what food source attracted them to the stream if they were
not just resting or considering breeding habitats. The stream which nearly
dried out in the summer does not appear to provide a home for fish, but
the Common Frog is known from spawn and tadpoles.
large flock of Sheep
grazed the field to the north.
Dyke 2004 Wildlife Reports
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