For those of you unfamiliar with blogs, a blog is like a diary or personal journal that is shared online. In this case it is Steve’s journal. As well as sharing useful info on what is happening at The Grange CL, Steve uses it to share his love of nature.
If you are even remotely interested in wildlife you will find much of the information, photos and even videos, quite fascinating. The links in the blog make it easy to find articles on the topics that interest you - just click on the ‘Go to Steve's Blog…’ button at the bottom of this page.
Many of our visitors also like to keep informed of the comings and goings of the creatures that frequent our wildlife conservation area, so we also have a separate, more frequently updated, blog just for this. Simply click on the 'Go to Wildlife Journal…' button.
Hi there, if you have come to my blog page, then I guess you’re interested in the conservation and welfare of our wildlife and are passionate about their well-being has I am. The United Kingdom is blessed with a diverse collection of creatures; birds, insects and mammals that we should not take for granted. It’s sad when you hear of another species on the endangered list. This was one of the reasons that gave me the idea of turning our six-acre meadow into a wildlife conservation area after I retired from my building business a few years ago. I now belong to a number of wildlife organisations that've helped me understand and get to know more about our native wildlife.
To me, there is no greater
pleasure than sitting quiet in the open waiting for a wild life moment; you
never know what may turn up. There was an occasion when I was sitting around
our fishing lake trying to photograph two juvenile kestrels hovering in the
sky, when out of the corner of my eye, I caught this flash of colour, a
kingfisher had landed on one of the fishing stages. The kingfisher stayed for
around fifteen minutes in which time it dived into the water for food and
caught a small fish, a magic moment.
The next-day something similar happened. I was again trying to photograph the Kestrels when I spotted a Water Vole feeding among the reeds around the lake. With nature nothings guaranteed but when moments like that occur, it's wonderful.
Many of our returning visitors to our Caravan Club 5 CL site now arrive for the peace and tranquillity to be found around our nature conservation area. Each year, I manage to record a new species we haven’t seen before at the Grange CL conservation area.
I’m hoping 2015 will be a good year for the Cinnabar moth. The Ragwort which the Cinnabar Moth survives on grows freely around the conservation area. The Ragwort has been heaving with Cinnabar Moth caterpillars.
The Small redeyed damselfly recorded this year is also encouraging. We have recorded nine different species of Dragonfly and Damselfly this year so far (August). By my field guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies by Richard Lewington, there are only 17 species of Dragon and Damselflies to be seen in the South Norfolk area we live, so nine out of 17 can’t be bad.
The 400m2 of wild flower beds we sowed in spring this year have also been a great success with the bees, butterflies and other insects to the area. Our visitors staying on our caravan site have also enjoyed the spectacle. We have also this year recorded sixty wild bird species. The two-person bird hide we erected this year makes it easier for spotting the wild birds come rain or shine.
With the summer now drawing to an end, we look to autumn with many wild birds migrating back to Africa and other parts of the world. Some mammals and reptiles will be getting ready to hibernate for the winter. Wild flowers will be dying back and shedding their seeds for next year’s display of colour. That’s what I love about nature it’s always something different happening each month of the year.
If you find yourself travelling around Norfolk, UK sometime, you will always be welcome to pop in and see us.