Around 24 people gathered to explore the Butterflies, Dragonflies & Wildflowers on Marston Marshes on Sunday. The weather waschangeable with a few showers and the contrasting bright light was amazing beneath the dark clouds.
The walk was led by wildlife expert and tutor Peter Walton. The weather was not quite right to see many butterflies and dragonflies but there were plenty of wildflowers on show. Peter also identified the various birds we either saw or heard.
Here is a list compiled by Peter of what we saw:
Butterflies – Small Tortoiseshell 1 nice & fresh
Dragonflies & Damselflies – Hairy Dragonfly 1 female investigating us then perching high in a tree, Common Blue Damselfly 1 male
Bees – White-tailed Bumblebee 1, Buff-tailed Bumblebee 1, Tree Bumblebee 2
Wildflowers & Trees
Ragged Robin, Yellow Rattle, Southern Marsh Orchid, Buttercups, Water Violet – one pond was full of them, Woody Nightshade, Water Forget-me-not, White Deadnettle, Common Valerian, Great Willowherb – not yet in flower, Meadowsweet – not yet in flower, Clovers, Yellow Iris, Willows & Poplars
Birds – 31 species – 16 seen
Mute Swan 2, Pheasant (1), Grey Heron 1, Kestrel 1, Lesser Black-backed Gull 6, Herring Gull 2, Woodpigeon 8, Collared Dove (1), Swift 3, Magpie 1, Jay (1), Jackdaw 4, Rook 1, Carrion Crow 1 (1), Goldcrest (1), Blue Tit (1),House Martin 7, Chiffchaff (2), Blackcap (1), Garden Warbler (1), Whitethroat 2 (3), Sedge Warbler (1), Reed Warbler 2, Wren (1), Starling 6, Blackbird 1 (1), Robin (1), Dunnock (1), Chaffinch (2), Greenfinch 1, Goldfinch (1), Reed Bunting (2)
This event was organised by the Eaton Village Residents’ Association in partnership with the Norwich Fringe Project and Norwich City Council and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Chris Stebbing – EVRA Vice-Chairman