What can I do?
Go for a walk – a walk around the reserve is a great way to keep fit. Dogs are welcome, but please keep them under control and clear up after them!
Observe the wildlife – whether you like birds, butterflies, or wildflowers, there is always something of interest to see. Let us know if you spot anything interesting! We take part in the Big Garden Bird Watch, the Big Butterfly Count, and for the first time in 2017 the Dragonfly Challenge, so why not join in?
Have a picnic – bring a rug and relax, but please take all litter home with you.
Enjoy the peace – although we are surrounded by busy roads and residential areas, TNR offers a peaceful haven where you can re-connect with natural world.
Play a game – one of our fields, backing onto Priors park estate, is set aside for children to let off steam, with mown grass and mini goal posts.
Take a photo – share your best pictures through social media, or send them to us and we’ll publish them on this site!
Sketch or paint a picture – you are sure to find inspiration from the natural world around yo
The Bat Night:
This was a pleasant evening and our bat expert Kate Aubury used bat detectors to find and identify what bats were on the reserve, three species were detected Common Pipistrelle, a Soprano Pipistrelle and Noctule
TNR Big Butterfly Count 2014:
Our very own TNR butterfly count for 2014 which took place in July and August resulted in some 108 butterfly sightings from 6 individual counts. The interesting fact about our sightings is that they match the top 10 species observed in England in the same period, though in slightly different ranking.
Our survey ranking was:
1: 73 Small Tortoiseshell. 2: 11 Small White. 3: 6 Gatekeeper. 4: 5 Meadow Brown. 5: 4 Peacock. 4 Speckled Wood. 6: 2 Large White. 7: 1 Common Blue. 1 Green-veined White. 1 Red Admiral.
Our Moth surveys:
About 2500 species of moth have been recorded in Britain. Such a rich diversity means that species can be found in a very wide range of habitats. Moth records can therefore provide a useful indication of the biological health of a site. We used a moth light trap over a period of time and recorded a list of 83 species. Examples.
During the summer some of our volunteers wandered around the reserve taking note of all the species they found on the site, it is not until you do something like this that you realise how many and how varied a number of species there are. Listed below are just some of the types that were seen.