The Friends at work, events and flora & fauna

Winter colour and buzzard, December 2019.
Winter colour and buzzard, December 2019.
Winter trees at sunset, December 2019.
Winter trees at sunset, December 2019.
Volunteers creating a dead-hedge by the 'snake' field - 17/12/19.
Volunteers creating a dead-hedge by the 'snake' field - 17/12/19.
... and the pools in the field have filled and are holding up nicely - 17/10/19.
... and the pools in the field have filled and are holding up nicely - 17/10/19.
This lovely nuthatch was photographed on the Reserve in December 2019 - thank you to Sylvia.
This lovely nuthatch was photographed on the Reserve in December 2019 - thank you to Sylvia.
Continuing with dead-hedge using recently coppiced material - 10/12/19.
Continuing with dead-hedge using recently coppiced material - 10/12/19.
Tee Lake autumn 2019
Tee Lake autumn 2019
Junior Friends of the Reserve from Dothill Primary, planting holly with Tristan from Small Woods and our volunteer Mike - 02/12/19.
Junior Friends of the Reserve from Dothill Primary, planting holly with Tristan from Small Woods and our volunteer Mike - 02/12/19.
I-Spy
I-Spy
Many hands make light work - well done everyone!
Many hands make light work - well done everyone!
Sat 30th November. The new hedge will grow up where the iron railings were removed, so the gaps will now fill up with a nice 'living fence'.
Sat 30th November. The new hedge will grow up where the iron railings were removed, so the gaps will now fill up with a nice 'living fence'.
Volunteers doing some coppicing work - 19/11/19, which extends the tree's life and lets in valuable light for woodland plants and animals.
Volunteers doing some coppicing work - 19/11/19, which extends the tree's life and lets in valuable light for woodland plants and animals.
The last of the railings from the brook called The Drain - 05/11/19.
The last of the railings from the brook called The Drain - 05/11/19.
Work has begun on the new wetland area by the Wellingtonia trees - 05/11/19.
Work has begun on the new wetland area by the Wellingtonia trees - 05/11/19.
You can never have too many 'cooks' on this job! 05/11/19.
You can never have too many 'cooks' on this job! 05/11/19.
Them thar railings sure are heavy!
Them thar railings sure are heavy!
More old fencing revealed 15/10/19
More old fencing revealed 15/10/19
The final insect hotel on the Spa Meadow was constructed on 08/10/19 - well done all, it looks great!
The final insect hotel on the Spa Meadow was constructed on 08/10/19 - well done all, it looks great!
Some of the iron fencing recovered from the brook, near Shawbirch Bridge, 08/10/19
Some of the iron fencing recovered from the brook, near Shawbirch Bridge, 08/10/19
Clearing the self-sets, Tee Lake path 03/09/19.
Clearing the self-sets, Tee Lake path 03/09/19.
Some of the meadows on the Reserve were cut today by Council contractors to aid regeneration - 03/09/19.
Some of the meadows on the Reserve were cut today by Council contractors to aid regeneration - 03/09/19.
Cutting back around the hedge and clearing an overgrown path 03/09/19. A good number of us turned out again today, thanks all.
Cutting back around the hedge and clearing an overgrown path 03/09/19. A good number of us turned out again today, thanks all.
Dawn and Kevin on our stand in Sainsbury's, 31/08/19
Dawn and Kevin on our stand in Sainsbury's, 31/08/19
Volunteers in the Friends group with their handiwork 27/08/19 - thanks to The Pheasant at Admaston for their sponsorship.
Volunteers in the Friends group with their handiwork 27/08/19 - thanks to The Pheasant at Admaston for their sponsorship.
The finished article!
The finished article!
First human visitors to the new insect hotel
First human visitors to the new insect hotel
20th August work party - volunteers clearing the path between Tee Lake and Dothill Bridge
20th August work party - volunteers clearing the path between Tee Lake and Dothill Bridge
The Sainsbury's team with Friends clearing the overgrown vegetation from around the Donnerville dead-hedge - 20/08/19
The Sainsbury's team with Friends clearing the overgrown vegetation from around the Donnerville dead-hedge - 20/08/19
Path clearing work 20/08/19 with the help of the team from Sainsbury's
Path clearing work 20/08/19 with the help of the team from Sainsbury's
The Donnerville Oak is looking magnificent this summer
The Donnerville Oak is looking magnificent this summer
Dothill Pool in the evening light, August 2019
Dothill Pool in the evening light, August 2019
Rowan or mountain ash
Rowan or mountain ash
Blowing in the wind
Blowing in the wind
Caterpillar of the cinnabar moth on ragwort
Caterpillar of the cinnabar moth on ragwort
Tackling the poplar runners by Tee Lake 13th August 2019 ...
Tackling the poplar runners by Tee Lake 13th August 2019 ...
...followed by a walk to Charlton Pool to see the new habitat buzzing with life
...followed by a walk to Charlton Pool to see the new habitat buzzing with life
Mini-beast safari by idverde, 9th August 2019. There were 85 visitors.
Mini-beast safari by idverde, 9th August 2019. There were 85 visitors.
Knapweed and ragwort
Knapweed and ragwort
Great tit making use of one of the nest boxes on the Reserve, May 2019 - by Keith Jones
Great tit making use of one of the nest boxes on the Reserve, May 2019 - by Keith Jones
Sandra and Victoria from Sainsbury's building a bug hotel - 06/08/19
Sandra and Victoria from Sainsbury's building a bug hotel - 06/08/19
The finished article - rather a 'des res'!
The finished article - rather a 'des res'!
What a great turnout we had today - thanks everyone! 06/08/19.
What a great turnout we had today - thanks everyone! 06/08/19.
The Tee Lake cygnets are getting really big now
The Tee Lake cygnets are getting really big now
Some of the 'scalloping' work done on 6th August 2019
Some of the 'scalloping' work done on 6th August 2019
Jerry & Andy doing the finishing touches on the second bug hotel 06/08/19
Jerry & Andy doing the finishing touches on the second bug hotel 06/08/19
June 2019
June 2019
Cllr Karen Tomlinson announcing at our Open Day, 6th July 2019
Cllr Karen Tomlinson announcing at our Open Day, 6th July 2019
Amphibian & Reptile Conservation
Amphibian & Reptile Conservation
Water scorpion
Water scorpion
Common toad
Common toad
Mosquito larva
Mosquito larva
Dog show winners
Dog show winners
Small Woods
Small Woods
Beautiful Gyr / Saker Falcon hybrid
Beautiful Gyr / Saker Falcon hybrid
Stunning Chilean Blue Eagle
Stunning Chilean Blue Eagle
These have sprung up since the work was done at Charlton Pool - naturalised garden escape?
These have sprung up since the work was done at Charlton Pool - naturalised garden escape?
A team from Ricoh as part of the Love Your River initiative 25/06/19
A team from Ricoh as part of the Love Your River initiative 25/06/19
The lovely conditions the Ricoh team worked in! 25/06/19.
The lovely conditions the Ricoh team worked in! 25/06/19.
Two of the team 'getting stuck in' in the water
Two of the team 'getting stuck in' in the water
Happy in the jungle!
Happy in the jungle!
Some of Ricoh's litter bags and uprooted Himalayan Balsam. Great work everyone!
Some of Ricoh's litter bags and uprooted Himalayan Balsam. Great work everyone!
Jay by Keith, May 2019
Jay by Keith, May 2019
A team from Sainsbury's came to help on the Reserve on 4th June 2019  (the first of many sessions - see News).
A team from Sainsbury's came to help on the Reserve on 4th June 2019 (the first of many sessions - see News).
Family group on Tee Lake, by Jerry
Family group on Tee Lake, by Jerry
A team from Ricoh helping out as part of the Love Your River campaign. Here they are picking Himalayan Balsam (June 2019).
A team from Ricoh helping out as part of the Love Your River campaign. Here they are picking Himalayan Balsam (June 2019).
Some of the Ricoh team picking Himalayan Balsam (June 2019)
Some of the Ricoh team picking Himalayan Balsam (June 2019)
Beautiful blackcap, by Sylvia Jones
Beautiful blackcap, by Sylvia Jones
A good turnout on 18/6/19 to weed the new hedge at the 'snake field'
A good turnout on 18/6/19 to weed the new hedge at the 'snake field'
How inviting for a stroll!
How inviting for a stroll!
June 2019
June 2019
Clearing reedmace from Charlton Pool
Clearing reedmace from Charlton Pool
A couple of young enthusiasts helping out, June 2019. Great job, Fergus and Eoin, thank you!
A couple of young enthusiasts helping out, June 2019. Great job, Fergus and Eoin, thank you!
A lovely whitethroat by Keith, May 2019
A lovely whitethroat by Keith, May 2019
Installing one of two new information boards, Severn Drive, May 2019
Installing one of two new information boards, Severn Drive, May 2019
It's only just installed and already has an admirer!
It's only just installed and already has an admirer!
New board in situ
New board in situ
Wellingtonia in the frost
Wellingtonia in the frost
Azure damselfly
Azure damselfly
It's great watching Dean and Keith doing all the work! 2nd board, by Admaston Bridge.
It's great watching Dean and Keith doing all the work! 2nd board, by Admaston Bridge.
Dean and Jerry putting their backs into it!
Dean and Jerry putting their backs into it!
New board in situ, Admaston Bridge May 2019
New board in situ, Admaston Bridge May 2019
Tee Lake sunset, February 2019
Tee Lake sunset, February 2019
Song thrush
Song thrush
Dothill Primary School children at Small Woods event, May 2019, learning how to dead-hedge.
Dothill Primary School children at Small Woods event, May 2019, learning how to dead-hedge.
An autumnal Henge
An autumnal Henge
Bench alongside Wellingtonia field, before ...
Bench alongside Wellingtonia field, before ...
Ian and Maisie working on the bench alongside Wellingtonia field
Ian and Maisie working on the bench alongside Wellingtonia field
Bench alongside Wellingtonia field, after ... with Friends
Bench alongside Wellingtonia field, after ... with Friends
Dead hedging alongside 'snake' field, April 2019
Dead hedging alongside 'snake' field, April 2019
The path going down to Beanhill Brook, early April 2019
The path going down to Beanhill Brook, early April 2019
No more puddles! 16/04/19.
No more puddles! 16/04/19.
Timothy
Timothy
The Henge on a crisp but sunny day
The Henge on a crisp but sunny day
Kate's photo of Tee Lake. What a beautiful scene.
Kate's photo of Tee Lake. What a beautiful scene.
Meadow buttercup
Meadow buttercup
This orange beauty is fox-and-cubs
This orange beauty is fox-and-cubs
Red-eared sliders, a non-native species of terrapin which has a negative effect on other wildlife
Red-eared sliders, a non-native species of terrapin which has a negative effect on other wildlife
A summer Henge
A summer Henge
A tranquil scene
A tranquil scene
Common frog
Common frog
Beanhill brook
Beanhill brook
Scots pine
Scots pine
Tee Lake moody sky reflection
Tee Lake moody sky reflection
Wood anemone
Wood anemone
Here there is a mix of our native and hybrid bluebells. The hybrids are a result of cross-pollination between Spanish and native bluebells.
Here there is a mix of our native and hybrid bluebells. The hybrids are a result of cross-pollination between Spanish and native bluebells.
Yellow archangel
Yellow archangel
As part of the Wellington Festival 2018, each pupil and staff member of Dothill Primary School painted, on a stone, a plant or animal found on the Nature Reserve. The stones were then glued to a board in the shape of the Reserve. The finished piece is displayed in the school grounds (see next pic).
As part of the Wellington Festival 2018, each pupil and staff member of Dothill Primary School painted, on a stone, a plant or animal found on the Nature Reserve. The stones were then glued to a board in the shape of the Reserve. The finished piece is displayed in the school grounds (see next pic).
Cyclamen in Millennium Wood
Cyclamen in Millennium Wood
Tee Lake
Tee Lake
It may be a garden escape but it's still pretty and attracting wildlife
It may be a garden escape but it's still pretty and attracting wildlife

Latest comments

29.10 | 09:14

Wellington UDC Sewage Works were just beyond the end of the blocks going north.
https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=17.3&lat=52.71466&lon=-2.53383&layers=193&right=BingHyb

04.10 | 18:40

I think a water pipe or sewage pipe was supported on those blocks many years ago, they look pre war.

28.04 | 15:50

A big thank you to all you wonderful volunteers, what an amazing paradise you have developed.

03.04 | 14:38

What are the large concrete blocks that are along one of the paths in nature reserve walk please

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