70 Natural Treasures in one UK reserve

2 ecologist take the day off and what do they do? Spend the whole day wondering around nature identifying everything they can, AWESOME!!

At College lakes Reserve one of Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s flagship nature reserves. They identified 70 species within 5 hours including 36 species of birds at the wetland reserve.

Firstly they identified all the wetland birds from wigeons, Shoveler ducks and lapwing to Mallards, Oystercatchers and Gadwells.

Then they stumbled upon breeding toads EVERYWHERE!!


and a beautiful mute swan.


As they wondered around they meet muntjac family.


What was amazing was a beautiful find a Snakeshead fritillary


Additional Beauty of nature….Ladybirds


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Amazing birds


Species Listed……

Birds-(36): Lapwing, Mute Swan, Wigeon, Teal, Little Glebe, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted duck, Blackheaded Gull, Pochard, Shoveler duck, Shelduck, Red Shank, Common Snipe, Gadwell, Robin, Skylark, Chiff Chaff, Great tit, Blue tit, Chaffinch, Oystercatcher, Cormonent, Carrion Crow, Wood pigeon, Collared Dove, Fereal pigeon, Greylag geese, Canada geese, Greater spotted woodpecker, Dunnock, Maypie, Redwing, Red Kite, Pheasant,

Other Species: Muntjac, Rabbit, Common Toad, Cartier Bumblee, Small tortoise butterflies, Peacock, Severn spot ladybird, White tailed bumblebee, Lacewing

Plants: Cowslip, Snakeshead fritillary, Herb Robert, Red Campian, Ground Ivy, Colts foot, Dog Violet, Hazel, field fare, Goat willow, Great willow, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Teasel, Elder, Ash, Privet, Bramble, Dogwood, Yew, Beech, Cherry


Alice favourite moment was catching a peacock butterfly by hand..


Andy’s favourite moment was the breeding toads…