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    Posted by Judith on 14/05/2017

    There are bluetits nesting at one of the show gardens in Malvern Show - what happens to them when show is dismantled? Show finishes today 14 May 2017. It was shown on Gardener's World on BBC the bluetits flying into nest box on tree in the sensory garden.


    Posted by Ian jones on 24/04/2017   Email

    Hi There, Just an update on the Skylarks, they are back again this year in the field by Malvern Vale, Malvern. Accessed from Sayers Ave, Thanks Ian Jones


    Posted by loretta rivett on 05/09/2016   Email

    Is it possible we saw two red kites at Eastnor castle yesterday, just off the Malvern hills ple as e? CAN'T sem to fit the fingered wings, steep fall, and forked tails to any other bird of prey. This


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 01/05/2016

    Yes, skylarks are on the red list of globally endangered species. Skylark (or any other bird or butterfly) sightings in the Malvern area can be reported, with location, here or as an enquiry on this website and we will pass on the record. Keen birdwatchers could also apply to join the Malvern Bird Group (a closed Yahoo e-mailing group, Google listed on-line). Skylarks are decreasing in the Malvern Hills area and reported definite sightings are really important. Regarding effects of farmland ploughing on possible nest sites (a recent query), a knowledgeable birdwatcher in our area has very recently commented: 'Although Skylarks set up territory very early they actually start to lay quite late. Almost certainly they will not have started to lay yet.'


    Posted by Debbie Jones on 30/04/2016

    Hi there My husband is a bird watcher on a 'very small scale'. He thinks that he has found a group of skylarks on the farmland by Malvern Vale Estate. He has also read that they are 'code red' bird? Which makes them endangered or something similar as the numbers are falling quite dramatically. Who do I need to notify about this and how do I confirm he is correct in his findings? I am worried that when the farmer ploughs the field next time, he will disturb them as it is fallow this year. Many thanks Debbie


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 12/03/2016   Email

    Upwards of a dozen frogs are cavorting in my small pond - several batches of frogspawn already today.


    Posted by Cherry Greenway on 02/01/2016   Email

    Birds seen in my garden at Birchwood, 8am - 9am on 1st Jan. 2016. 3.9 C. Robin Dunnock Fieldfare Wood pigeon Long-tailed tit Blue tit Great tit Coal tit Blackbird Goldfinch Stock dove Nuthatch Pheasant Green woodpecker Great spotted woodpecker Chaffinch Jackdaw Greenfinch Mistle thrush


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 29/12/2015

    PS My miniature daffodils are in bloom, too.


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 29/12/2015

    Today I found a small bumblebee resting on a towel on my washing line. It eventually flew away, but I've never seen one out and about in December before. Some ants were active, too.


    Posted by Simon Evans on 21/12/2015

    Afternoon stroll on the Welland end of Castlemorton common yielded roving bands of bullfinch and long tailed tit also great spotted and green woodpeckers and lots of noisy magpies I stayed til dusk but no sign of a barn owl.


    Posted by Edward Williams on 08/09/2015

    Last Thursday we had a very unusual bird coming on foot in and out of the shrubs and perennials inside the fence of our garden in Penny Lane, Guarlford. I have looked all through our Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe, and nothing matches what we saw except immature male Black Grouse. Has anyone else seen one of these around, or have any other suggestions? Sadly, I did not think to get my camera out until too late. We fear a cat may have got the bird in the end.


    Posted by Joanna on 22/06/2015

    Just spotted common spotted orchid in flower Welland Green.


    Posted by Dave Palmer on 14/01/2015   Email

    I think I may have seen a pine marten near Earnslaw quarry this morning. Could I be right?


    Posted by Trevor Smart on 04/01/2015   Email

    At least two Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming this morning Trevor Smart 4/1/15


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 03/01/2015

    Early signs of spring: snowdrops in flower in Victoria Park, Malvern Link, daffodils (cultivated) beginning to flower under a hedge in West Malvern, Lords and Ladies' shoots under hedgerows, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming at Alfrick Pound.


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 01/08/2014

    This week I saw a red kite flying low near Pershore.


    Posted by Nick Saunders on 26/07/2014   Email

    We have a wasp nest at the base of a soft shield fern in the garden, and a garden seat about six feet away. I was sitting on the seat a couple of weeks ago watching the wasps fly in and out of the entrance, when I saw out of the corner of my eye what I thought was a hornet on the seat next to me. I looked again and thought it wasn't quite like a hornet, the eyes were too large and the abdomen was more rounded and hairy, and it only had a couple of dark stripes, but it was of a similar colour and size to a hornet. It flew from the seat to my knee, so I eased it off just in case, then to a plant about 3 feet from the wasp nest, then to a stone about a foot from the entrance. It then flew directly to the entrance and walked into the nest. I sat for another 30 minutes or so to see if it came out, but did not see it again. Looking it up, I saw it was the Hornet Mimic Hoverfly, Volucella zonaria, which lays eggs in the detritus at the bottom of wasp nests, where the grubs feed.


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 27/04/2013

    I came back on Sunday 14th from a short holiday to find that frog spawn laid in my pond more than a month earlier had finally hatched. Is this a record? Not only that, but there were two more clumps of fresh spawn. This is the first time I've seen frog spawn laid this far apart in time.


    Posted by Sylvia on 24/03/2013

    Today 24/3/13 at around 1330 I saw 20-25 waxwings in our nextdoor neighbours tree. This amazed me for 2 reasons. I have never seen any before & I live on a housing estate with smallish gardens in the Poolbrook area of Malvern. It made a wonderful distraction from unblocking a smelly drain in the freezing cold!!!


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 23/03/2013

    I'm here in Malvern sitting at my computer at 1.30 on Saturday morning with a blanket of snow and freezing temperatures outside, and I can hear a bird singing its heart out! This is crazy!


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 25/01/2013

    The snow has brought many more birds to our feeders in Alfrick Pound: up to 10 redpolls, seven or eight longtailed tits and a male blackcap, as well as more of the commoner garden birds including four blackbirds and five robins which spend more time (and energy) squabbling than actually feeding! A mistle thrush and another male blackcap have been feeding on mistletoe berries in a nearby apple tree. Amazingly, marsh marigolds are in bud and one actually in flower on some boggy ground in our coppice at Mathon.


    Posted by Lois Kirby on 09/11/2012

    A hedgehog drowned in our pond even though it has shallow edges.I think the plastic liner was too slippery for it to climb out. A sad lesson.


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 19/10/2012

    On a WWT Malvern Group amble in the North Hill area yesterday morning, we saw: wrens, jays, jackdaws (flying on west side), green woodpeckers, crows, meadow pipits (small flock flying/landing on open ground on top), robins, dunnock, kestrel (flying), sparrowhawk (lower west side in trees). In the End Hill area we saw magpies, more jays, heard raven. Amongst trees (still with berries) in the wooded/scrubby valley (top end) on the east side of End Hill that goes down to the Clock Tower we saw blackbirds, bullfinches, blue tit, great tit, heard l.t. tits, stone chat and three ring ouzels (1 definite female, one or two males).


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 10/06/2012

    Final instalment to the tadpole saga - I found several froglets (less than 1 cm long, no tails) hopping near the pond this evening in the damp conditions as it started to rain. Also, my lawnmower broke down 3 weeks ago so part of my lawn is now an urban meadow - many different grasses, compositae, sorrel, plantain, selfheal, etc. I'm going to leave it that way for the summer, and see what comes up. Does anyone want to identify things for me?


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 06/06/2012

    To continue the tadpole saga - they now have back legs and are sunning themselves on the lily pads (if we get any sunshine).


    Posted by Rod on 02/06/2012   Email

    We met some bird watchers in Fowlmere Cambridgeshire who said they had seen a Golden Oriole between the Herefordshire Beacon and the reservoir on Sun 20th May. Can anyone verify this?


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 31/05/2012

    This week there have been pairs of both red and blue damsel flies mating and laying eggs in my small garden pond, and the tadpoles are starting to come to the surface to breathe.


    Posted by William Eustace on 11/05/2012   Email

    On this morning's very enjoyable walk with Brian Iles, Cherry identified a fungus Witches' Butter, the Black variety- an impressive looking fungus I had never seen before. Got home and 'googled'. Makes fascinating reading: deliberately deposited by a witch to cast an evil spell. Perhaps why we had lousy weather during April....


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 31/03/2012

    Has anyone else heard a cuckoo in our area? A cuckoo was heard earlier today in the garden of the Knapp & Papermill Reserve, calling from the Old Storridge direction. Unusually early, but there have been reports of a few others around the country. Please report 'hearings' here or by e-mail to malverngroup@live.co.uk.


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 23/03/2012

    The tadpoles in my garden pond have all hatched, and I saw a brimstone and a tortoiseshell in my garden this lunchtime. The colt's-foots are blooming again.


    Posted by Shabra on 01/03/2012

    The duck-weed in my pond seems to become frost-proof. I used to look forward to a clear pond in the spring. Now, after the pond was frozen over for several days to a depth of about a centimeter, we still have healthy green duck weed. I guess with so many independent plants, duckweed is in an ideal position to selectivly develop new traits. Should I buy the stuff that sadi to harmlessly kill off duckweed?


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 28/01/2012

    I have colt's-foots blooming in my garden - they're very early this year.


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 11/01/2012

    A sunny, mild, spring-like morning. Song thrush singing away and 21 different species of wild plants in flower along the hedgerows around Alfrick Pound.


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 11/01/2012

    A sunny, mild, spring-like morning. Song thrush singing away and 21 different species of wild plants in flower along the hedgerows around Alfrick Pound.


    Posted by Simon Roberts on 27/12/2011

    Approx 15 degrees C with sunny spells on Boxing Day and saw a queen bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) near Welland and wild honey bees active at their nest in an old oak tree near Birtsmorton. Recently been cleaning out bird nest boxes on Raggedstone Hill and found a Blue Tit nest that was abandoned leaving 9 eggs because bumblebees had moved in (Bombus jonellus), which themselves had been invaded by the Wax Moth - evident by the extremely sticky silk making the box difficult to open. Nuthatches used their usual box again, presumably the same pair as last year.


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 08/11/2011

    I have a flock of greenfinches roosting in my holly hedge.


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 07/11/2011

    Cold damp morning but still wonderful autumn colours. Flocks of winter visitors are now being seen in our area but the redwings haven't yet stripped my holly berries. This is a very good year for hedgerow berries, providing plenty of food before the winter.


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 12/08/2011

    Migration is evident around Upper Welland. The swift numbes are well down now and just 2 seen last evening. There have been over 20 in July and earlier in the month. There are still a number of house martins, but they too have started to move on. Enjoy the rest of the summer while we have the chance. Margaret


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 09/07/2011

    We've seen lots of juvenile birds in our garden this season - house sparrows, robin, blackbird, great tits, blue tits, magpies, green and geater spotted woodpeckers. Fortunately, the cold winter doesn't seem to have had much effect on numbers here


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 05/07/2011

    On a search for glow-worms around Torr coppice woodland and Papermill Meadow at the Knapp & Papermill Reserve last Saturday (2nd July) evening, we saw one just beyond the fence at the top of the meadow. Sadly, they seemed to have declined in recent years but at least one has survived! Has anyone else seen any on the reserve lately?


    Posted by Derek Bradley on 24/06/2011

    The common spotted orchids (and others?) in Big Meadow at the Knapp & Papermill Reserve are absolutely fabulous at the moment. Do go along if you can, I don't know how long they will last. The area where I saw them was at the furthest reaches of Big Meadow when approaching from the information centre. Map ref SO 747 515 but they cover a large area. David Fowler took some photos and they are on our Flickr pages which link from the Gallery page of our website. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alfrick


    Posted by Dave Cook on 14/06/2011

    Today, Tues 14th June 2011 at approx 2.30 pm saw a Red Kite circling overhead. It was at the bottom of Poundbank Road at junction with Madresfield Road (Sherrards Green). Watched it for 3 or 4 mins.It came from the Guarlford direction and was slowly travelling NWish. Dave


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 19/05/2011

    I heard a Wood Warbler singing this afternoon and although it was moving high in the canopy, I had 3 very good views of it - tremor and all! Lovely! It is on the path down from British Camp car park towards the reservoir. Also: a pair of Stonechats, clearly protecting a nest and young, Meadow pipits feeding young, Swallows, Swifts (and there have been a few each day around home (Upper Welland), House Martins (still none seen around home, Buzzards, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroat and a beautiful male Redstart seen briefly not far from Clutters' Cave A very enjoyable hour spent! Cheers, Margaret


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 18/05/2011

    Ermine moth caterpillars are busy covering hedgerows again with their whiteish sticky webs. Fortunately the hedges will recover! See the 2010 News webpage for more details.


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 13/04/2011

    First cuckoo heard here in Upper Welland early on 12th April. Wonderful sound! Margaret


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 13/04/2011

    Went up to British Camp, Reservoir and Broad Down Tues afternoon and had a rewarding hour: Wheatear - 3 or 4 (the 4th may have been the one I saw at the start, but that had moved up the hill!) Redstarts - 2 tufted ducks - 3 pairs linnets - about 12 willow warblers and chiffchaffs whitethroat - 1 raven - 1 kestrel - 1 cuckoo heard Best wishes Margaret


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 13/04/2011

    Heard the cuckoo earlier today at Alfrick Pound and also saw our first swallow for this year, catching insects over the vegetable patch.


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 12/04/2011

    More and more butterflies are appearing with the warmer weather. At Mathon last Friday (8th April) we saw our first holly blue for this year, around a holly bush in the hedgerow, and also a peacock, small tortoiseshell and orange tip in our meadow (grid. ref. SO 727 461). In or by the coppice we saw a jay, nuthatch and blue tits, a buzard flying overhead and heard a chiffchaff. The woodland floor was covered with bluebells in bud (unfortunately not all of them truly native, looks like some have hybridised with the Spanish variety), and clumps of primroses, wood anemones and yellow archangel as well as lots of dog's mercury. The trees are beginning to show green. A lovely time of year!


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 03/04/2011

    The siskins disappeared from the garden 10 days ago, and the remaining 3 repolls left on Thursday. Margaret


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 03/04/2011

    I did a circular walk,taking in the Mathon Gravel Pits. Birds seen or heard: tufted ducks; canada geese; mute swans (1 on nest I think); little grebes - 2 heard but not seen; coots; moorhen; grey heron; mallards; buzzards; goldfinches; chaffinches; blue and great tits; lots of chiffchaffs; several green woodpeckers heard; song thrush; AND - I think a single grey partridge. I only had my bins and the bird was the other side of a ploughed field. It didn't fly and moved out of sight before I got anything like a close view but I couldn't think what else it could have been. Any thoughts or comments? A great time of year to be out and about. Enjoy it! Margaret


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 20/03/2011

    Chiffchaffs have arrived! During the last week reports have come from all over our area. We heard and saw one at the entrance (steps)to Crews Hill Wood WWT reserve, Alfrick yesterday. Also redpolls and siskins are still visiting our nyjer seed feeder, but fewer, only one or two at once. Lots more signs of spring - primroses are in abundance along the lanes and wood anemones are flowering in the woods. Ramsons (wild garlic) and bluebells are well up. Also, look out for the colourful scarlet elf cup fungus on rotting wood in woodlands, it's fairly widespread. Has anyone seen any butterflies yet?


    Posted by Derek Bradley on 11/03/2011

    There were quite a number of Wood Anenomes in flower on the Knapp & Papermill Reserve today. Not yet in their usual numbers but a start nevertheless.


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 03/03/2011

    Warm sunshine yesterday afternoon brought out a bat, which we saw flying around by the house at Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, as well as foraging honey bees. The bat disappeared into a cavity in the wood of the house wall.


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 25/02/2011

    Small flock of six or more redpolls, mixed male and female, visiting our nyjer seed feeder at intervals over the last few days - an unusual sighting for us.


    Posted by Derek Bradley on 22/02/2011

    This afternoon I saw primroses fully out in flower at the southern entrance to Crews Hill Reserve.


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 18/02/2011

    Re Margaret's comment below regarding mistletoe growing on oak, coincidentally today we noticed some mistletoe growing on a tree or bush at the lane edge of our coppice in Mathon, definitely not apple but could be oak or ash. We will have a closer look next time we go.


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 18/02/2011

    Re: Edward's comments on 9th and 12th Feb. He is absolutely correct to say some cormorants have whitish underparts. I too have seen some like this - on one occasion last year, I saw several (not in Worcs) with really white underparts resting in a huge tree. It took a bit of discussion (and the comment of an 'expert' in our group) to confirm they were cormorants. Margaret


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 18/02/2011

    I was out walking yesterday morning along The Ridgeway, just beyond British Camp and was shown the VERY rare sight of mistletoe on oak! Margaret


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 18/02/2011

    There was a brambling in the garden for a short time on the morning of 16th Feb , feeding on the seeds that had fallen out of a feeder - I have only ever seen 1 before here, several years ago. It was also my first sighting this winter. Brambling on the feeder this morning. What an attractive bird! Margaret


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 15/02/2011

    Re: item on Snow Bunting below (06/02/2011), comments by good birders, indicate it could be a female Reed Bunting or more likely a chaffinch - see http://www.flickr.com/photos/25317245@N00/2355182098 Interesting stuff! Margaret


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 15/02/2011

    A redpoll hit the greenhouse last Friday (11th Feb) and it was well and truly stunned. I went to lift it onto the bird table as I had seen a cat around and realised that it had a ring on its left leg. I noted the number and gave the bird a little verbal support (!) and put it on the bird table. After a while, it happily flew off thankfully. I then made contact with a ringer to find that it was a bird he had ringed on 14th November 2010 on Castlemorton Common. It was good to find out a little history. Best wishes Margaret


    Posted by Edward Wiliams on 12/02/2011

    I have today been back to the Duckswich House lake, with binoc, and the bird was still there. Definitely a cormorant - another book says that juveniles have whitish underparts!


    Posted by Edward Williams on 09/02/2011

    Has anyone seen any guillemots around? One of our books does say that storms may drive them inland. Yesterday (8 Feb) some of us were walking past "Duckswich House" near Upton (SO838396)and saw, perched on a tree above the lake, a cormorant-like bird but with white underparts. Unfortunately it was at a distance, and none of us had binoculars, so we can't be sure.


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 06/02/2011

    One of our members has reported seeing a snow bunting on three separate occasions recently on their feeder in the Cotheridge, near Worcester, area. Has anyone else seen a snow bunting or a similarly-coloured bird in that area recently? If so, our local bird recorder would be grateful if you could post a comment here or e-mail to the Malvern Group (address is on the home page).


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 02/02/2011

    Our results submitted to the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch were : 12 Blue Tits, 5 House sparrows, 3 Robins, 5 Dunnocks, 2 Collared Doves, 3 Blackbirds (2M, 1 F), 1 Great Tit, 6 Goldfinches, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Blackcaps (1M, 1F), 2 Chaffinches (1M, 1F), 2 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Magpie, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Mistle Thrush. Seen regularly recently but not during our 'hour' are buzzards, a GS woodpecker and a kestrel. A couple of weeks ago the kestrel killed a male blackbird feeding on one of the apples that I had thrown out for them, and with difficulty dragged the carcass across the lawn to the base of a willow tree before it gave up and flew off to a nearby perch. Later in the day the carcass had disappeared. Unfortunately we didn't see what had happened to it! Our garden is at Alfrick Pound, near the Knapp & Papermill Reserve.


    Posted by Derek Bradley on 31/01/2011   Email

    On 29th January 2011 Philip Holland wrote: Subject: water vole at Hastings Lower Pool Message: There is a sandy coloured animal living in the bank of the lower pool at the end of Crown Lea Avenue. Is it a water vole? Only noticed it since the pond has been cleared and the willow pollarded. Any suggestions would be most welcome.


    Posted by Derek Bradley on 31/01/2011   Email

    On 29th January 2011 Philip Holland wrote: Subject: water vole at Hastings Lower Pool Message: There is a sandy coloured animal living in the bank of the lower pool at the end of Crown Lea Avenue. Is it a water vole? Only noticed it since the pond has been cleared and the willow pollarded. Any suggestions would be most welcome.


    Posted by Derek Bradley on 31/01/2011   Email

    On 25th January 2011 Carl Day wrote: I've had my first Redpoll visit the garden today (Malvern Vale) feeding on Nyjer seed. I suspect there may be more than one but I unfortunately I'm not able to watch the feeders all day, I'll keep you posted.


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 18/01/2011

    Hello Derek Will you add the message below that I circulated to the Yahoo Group, to our message board please? Gren was happy for me to email the Yahoo group, so will not mind it being on our website - and I will let him know. Please add it as if it came from him rather than through me. Thanks a lot. I have received a report from Gren Gaskell from the Malvern Group of the Wildlife Trust: A red kite made several circular turns over our house in Blackmore Road yesterday Jan 16th, and was no more than thee times the height of the house. Also: This morning 5 15 AM we had an owl very close calling to another some way away. The one close by sounded as if it was on our front and actually woke me. Two nice experiences! Margaret


    Posted by Brian Iles on 15/01/2011

    Sighting today 14 Jan. Redpolls on niger seed feeder in Bank St., Malvern.


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 26/12/2010

    First siskin (male) of the winter feeding on the nyger seed this morning in the garden - and 2 cock pheasants in the front garden to add to the 3 hen pheasants in the back last week. I am surprised to see these in my garden which is not large at all. 2 skylarks not far from the Marlbank earlier, and a little owl towards the end of Hancocks Lane near the Common. Boxing Day greetings to you all.


    Posted by Margaret Rodway on 22/12/2010

    22/12/2010 This morning I saw a flock of 10-15 redwings feasting on berries on a neighbour's holly opposite my front door in Barnard's Green. Some then perched for a while on the apple tree in my garden so I could get a good look with my binoculars - very pretty birds!


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 22/12/2010

    There are lots of blackbirds, starlings, chaffinches, long-tailed tits and goldfinches in the garden plus 3 redpoll, at least 2 blackcaps, a couple of redwings (more on berried trees in neighbour's garden), collared doves, wood pigeons (several at times), pied wagtail, wren, dunnocks(2), greenfinches(2), greater spotted woodpeckers(2), robins(2), pheasant, jackdaws, magpies - BUT where are all the blue tits and great tits?? I am seeing just ones and twos at times. I guess many have not survived, but interestingly, I have seen blue tits fly out of a nesting box, get food and fly back. No chance of getting out of here again today apart from on foot! Christmas greetings to all. Best wishes Margaret


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 20/12/2010

    Waxwings have been sighted in the Brook Road/New Mills Way area of Ledbury (end of November, 13th December), also at the Cemetery off New St, Ledbury (30th November), in Colwall in a garden on Walwyn Road (1st, 4th, 13th, 14th December), end of Assarts Lane/St Wulstan's Drive, Upper Welland (12th, 15th December) and at Malvern Link around the junction of Pickersleigh Avenue/Russell Drive (13th, 14th December), Pickersleigh Close (13th December) and heard near the Texaco garage (14th December). I haven't heard of any reports of hawfinches in the area recently. Has anyone else seen waxwings or hawfinches in the Malvern area recently? Do post your news here or send us an e-mail if you have. I haven't been fortunate enough to see any of these birds myself yet. I wonder what effect this snow and cold is having on them, but berries still seem plentiful, thank goodness.


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 20/12/2010

    Waxwings have been sighted in the Brook Road/New Mills Way area of Ledbury (end of November, 13th December), also at the Cemetery off New St, Ledbury (30th November), in Colwall in a garden on Walwyn Road (1st, 4th, 13th, 14th December), end of Assarts Lane/St Wulstan's Drive, Upper Welland (12th, 15th December) and at Malvern Link around the junction of Pickersleigh Avenue/Russell Drive (13th, 14th December), Pickersleigh Close (13th December) and heard near the Texaco garage (14th December). I haven't heard of any reports of hawfinches in the area recently. Has anyone else seen waxwings or hawfinches in the Malvern area recently? Do post your news here or send us an e-mail if you have. I haven't been fortunate enough to see any of myself yet. I wonder what effect this snow is having on them, but berries still seem plentiful.


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 12/12/2010

    4 waxwings on St Wulstan's Drive, Upper Welland - I got a call at 1.50pm and they were alternating between feeding on a garden rowan and flying to a nearby tree to preen etc. Wonderful! They flew off at 3pm in the direction of the reserve. At long last I have seen some! Cheers, Margaret


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 06/12/2010

    15 redpoll feeding on a single birch tree in St Wulstan's nature reserve yesterday. I haven't seen any in the garden yet though - food available else where I guess. I don't usually see them here until Jan. Jay, goldfinches, redwings and lots of chaffinches too. Just had 2 female pheasants in the garden feeding on the food I put out earlier - only ever had one male several years ago. Best wishes - keep warm! Margaret


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 30/11/2010

    Hot off the press! 24th November 2010 - Simon King OBE is to take over the role of President of the Wildlfie Trust. With his high profile and the high regard that both professionals and lay people have for him, I have no doubt his appointment will be very well received. His willingness to take over this key position, reflects the importance he sees in the work that the Wildlife Trusts do. It is good to be part of such a great organisation. Margaret


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 17/11/2010

    On 2nd November,walking across one of the agricultural fields that had fairly recently been sown (shoots were just showing) towards St Wulstan's Nature Reserve, there must have been well over 30 pied wagtails(plus other small birds - gold finches, chaffinches, linnets etc)feasting in the field. If I hadn't been with a group of people, I would have stopped for longer and counted more thoroughly, but it was an amazing sight. Sorry for the late reporting of this! Margaret


    Posted by Margaret Vernon on 17/11/2010

    After a very quiet three months, the last couple of weeks have seen an influx of garden birds: blue tits - 8, robins - 2, blackbird, starlings - 2, dunnock, great tits - 5, greenfinch, collared doves - 2, chaffinch, gold finches - 6, greater spotted woodpecker, jackdaws - 3 (at least they are quieter now!), long tailed tits - 9, magpies -2, nuthatch, sparrowhawk, wood pigeons - 2, wrens - 2. I have heard and seen a redpoll in a neighbour's tree, but not yet seen one here in the garden, (nor any blackcaps). The hive of activity is appreciated! Margaret


    Posted by Carol Bradley on 01/11/2010

    Foggy November morning! Still plenty of Autumn colours, lots of cider apples in the orchards and fruit and red berries in the hedgerows. A lovely time of year to be out and about. My 'pet' Robin is singing away as usual and the migrant Redwings are appearing again in our area.