Welcome to Day 14 of the #30DaysWild Challenge with Essex Wildlife Trust!
As always we would love to hear your wild stories or see your wild photographs, even if they are not task related, we will select some of these to feature in the wild stories section of this blog. You can send these to us via Facebook or email.
Today’s task is:
Identify local birds
There are many places birds can be found in Harlow but we would like to give a special mention to:
Pardon Moat Marsh – A scheduled ancient monument, part of which (east side) an abandoned sewage (left around 1950) this area is a fantastic growing place full of wildflowers, nettles, and meadow. A small woodland lines the riverbank. The area is a good wetland for birds such as water rail, heron, moorhen and Kingfisher.
Parndon Wood– We mentioned here on day 1 as one of our favourite wild places, today this is has a particular mention because of the rich wildlife that lives in the forest and specially made bird watching hut that can be found slightly right of the entrance route to the woodland. You can see birds such as Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Woodpeckers, and if you’re lucky, Tawny Owls and Buzzards. They also have the option to hire some binoculars on site.
To help with today’s task we have two worksheets for you to choose from:
First a checklist of common birds; Common Bird Checklist
Here is the one from wildlife trusts:
Secondly, a tally incase you see more than one of each bird; Tally
As well as spotting birds, you can help them thrive in a number of ways, RSPB’s website have activity suggestions that you can tailor to your own garden and environment here is also a simple bird feeder you could build as a fun extra task for today. If you would like some extra help in this Parndon Wood are having a Bird Feeder making session on Saturday 17th June it’s £1 a feeder and extra crafts available for 50p.