The next generation

By Colin Tyler

As we slow down and take more time to appreciate what is about us it can give us all a real lift to the spirits. I thought I’d share a few highlights of those moments hich I was fortunate to capture..

Song thrush on Prestwood scout hut trying to find where the youngster has gone.

The Blue tits favour a high-fat diet, working dawn till dusk

Meanwhile…….down at Boug’s Meadow they’re are desperately trying to produce enough food for others…..and reduce our nettle growth

Also nearby our “damsels” are watching for someone in distress to hang on to

Blue damselfly waiting for mate to appear

……the large red damselflies have….

……sadly the blue is still waiting!

“Spot a spot?”

But this surely has to knock your spots off

Photos: Colin Ty;er

Tragedy at Boug’s Meadow!

As we slowly emerge from lockdown, maybe our thoughts will turn to the newly allowed past-time of house hunting. Spare a moment then for the plight of this young family of blue tits.

We have 3 nest boxes at Boug’s Meadow. Box 1, on the Norway maple, seemed to the unwary to have the ideal spot In the copse to bring up a young family of tits. Sadly they didn’t take a structural survey, unlike the the family in box 2 on another maple close by. .

Happy at home before the accident.

During the recent high winds disaster struck earlier this week.. Water had got into an adjoning branch of the tree and had weakened it. The branch cracked at the join and fell. It was a huge fall, some 30m in length, narrowly missing nest box 2 on the next tree..

Nest Box 1 was amazingly undamaged but the blue tits seem to have been frightened away and have not returned. Our bat box on the same tree survived unscathed, hopefully any bats have turned a blind eye, not batting an eyelid at the commotion so as to speak.

The fallen branch just missed our information board.

It’s a tragedy for the tree, and the Boug’s team and our many visitors who love the copse.

In due course the tree may need additional surgery to reduce its canopy and overall stress. We will ask our local tree officer for his views. For now, emergency tree surgery has made it safe and the copse has reopened once again.

The tree has been repaired but sadly the blue tits have not returned to their box

Whilst it is a real shame, looking on the bright side none of our other bird or bat boxes, our signs or the shady copse bench were damaged in the fall..

Photos by Colin Tyler

River Misbourne at Boug’s Meadow

The Misbourne is at last running freely after 6 years and the Boug’s volunteer team have supplied us with these super images of it as it flows through Boug’s Meadow.
The photos were taken by Colin Tyler and Paul Heath.

Jeanette’s Garden

                 Mother Nature
In these times of doom and gloom,
Where families meet just through “Zoom”,
We wait ’til Covid takes its course
But Mother Nature’s a “Tour de Force”.
She’s busy growing shoots and buds,
Hatching out insects and bugs, 
Making blossom to scent the air,
And flowers of beauty everywhere.
The plants don’t know what’s going on
Nor the birds, with their cheerful song.
They make my garden a haven for me,
The only place where I roam free.

                                        Jeanette Hedley

Once a year Jeanette Hedley opens her wonderful garden to Prestwood Nature members.
This year she cannot because of Covid-19 so Jeanette has produced a virtual tour for everyone to enjoy.

You can see all the photos on Flickr by clicking here or see a slideshow on the Prestwood Nature site by clicking here

Below is just a taster!

All photos were taken by Jeanette.

Butterflies at the Prestwood Nature Reserve

A few “season firsts” at the Prestwood Nature Reserve on the Hampden Road at the bottom of Perks Lane photographed by Colin Tyler

Male Common Blue top and underside basking on the chalk slope

Two male Green Hairstreak basking on dogwood by the first bench up the slope waiting for a female.

Dingy skippers

Small Heath and three common visitors to the Nature Resrve

Birds, bees and damselflies in my garden.

Some of the many visitors to my garden at this time of year. By Colin Tyler

Spring at Boug’s Meadow and Kiln Common Orchard

Colin Tyler writes:

Our autumn sown yellow rattle at both Kiln Community Orchard and Boug’s meadow has germinated and is now growing well. The autumnal scarification and close cutting regime in both sites has given the yellow rattle a head-start in establishing before the stronger grasses reestablish. Success… far…hopefully they will set seed this summer and help to maintain the meadow and wildflower balance at both sites for years to come.

All photos were taken locally by Colin Tyler

Wildlife photos from Prestwood and Great Missenden

Wildlife photos taken by Colin Tyler in and around Prestwood and Great Missenden.

It was particularly satisfying to see the Blue Tits nesting in the boxes that we put up in Boug’s Meadow. Click on this link to find out more about what we are doing at Boug’s Meadow..

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