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16 November 2011

The Dexters return to Cheshire


The three dexter cattle that have done such a splendid job munching the vegetation at Greenfields Nature Reserve have now gone back to the Cheshire Wildlife Trust. This group were particularly fond of apples which made it very easy to get them to follow you including onto the bridge and into the trailer! A big thank you to our team of checkers. 




11 August 2011

More Minibeast Madness at Greenfields


About 30 children and some 20 assorted adults enjoyed an afternoon of organised chaos at Greenfields on Wednesday 10th August 2011. Pond-dipping, bug-hunting, bug-house building ard craft activities were led by Helen Trotman helped by various members of the Whitchurch branch.




Dragonflies and Damselflies at Whixall Moss – Saturday 16th July 2011




Despite a persistent wind, bright sunshine brought out enough dragonflies and damselflies to keep 16 members and visitors entertained. Emerald and common blue damselflies and a black darter dragonfly were caught and examined at close quarters. A four-spotted chaser kept returning to the same twig by one pool to give people an excellent opportunity to examine it with binocculars and take photos. The two mile walk was led by the branch chairman, Malcolm Monie.


Everyone was very pleased to welcome Sue McLamb, Shropshire’s new Dragonfly Recorder. Her knowledge and enthusiasm added to the afternoon. Sue will be very pleased to receive records of sightings and has set up a special Shropshire page on the British Dragonfly Society’s website where her contact details can be found.


Our thanks to Dr Joan Daniels, Site Manager for Fenn's, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses National National Reserve, for allowing us to use this fantastic site.


common blue damselfly

emerald damselfly

four-spotted chaser dragonfly





Dawn Chorus at Brown Moss – Saturday 14th May 2011



8 of us made it for 4am and all was silent at Brown Moss. But not for long. At 4.10 we heard the first blackbirds and an odd duck immediately joined in. Even if you were still abed and asleep we can now listen to Saturday’s dawn chorus by clicking the link below. Many thanks to Lorcan Adrain for the recording and all the technical stuff. It’s good of the traffic on the A41/49 dual-carriageway too! Let us know what you can hear by emailing us.


Click Dawn Chorus to listen.






Greenfields all the Year Round


Greenfields Nature Reserve has been awarded a grant of £2365 from the Big Lottery Awards for All to improve access and signage. Read more on the Greenfields page.





Karanambu giant otters & black caimans come to Whitchurch



If you missed Rosie Rees superb and fascinating talk on 9th February or want to find out more about Karanambu in Guyana try these links:

The Karanambu Lodge website

The Karanambu Trust

Caiman catching





Whitchurch U3A Bird Survey


A monthly bird survey is about to start at Greenfields. It will be conducted by members of the Naturalists group of Whitchurch and District U3A.

 The first survey will be on Tuesday 22nd February.





A very successful Members’ Night was held on Wednesday 8th December

at  Whitchurch Infant & Nursery School .


Six illustrated talks were given as below:


Antarctica -  a snapshot                             Bryan Mitchell

Greenfields Butterfly Survey                        Lorcan Adrain

The Monsters of Hawkstone Park                Baz Fewster

Califaunia/Califloria                                      Philip Walker

What do volunteers really do?                  Peter McKeon

Swifts under the Eaves                                 Anne Monie


The formula seemed to work well and is likely to be repeated in December 2011.


If you can do a 10 minute talk on a subject of interest, then next year could be your turn!






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Read about the small mammal survey

 at Melverley Farm Nature Reserve


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