Freeman’s Pool was almost ice free and a number of birds present which was great to see, Gadwall 3, Teal 2, Goldeneye 2, Shoveler 1, Coot 1, Mute Swan 2, and Mallard 9. Grey Partridge 5 in the field next door, and the stubble fields saw plenty of Lapwings, approx 200 with a small flock of 40 Starling. The track was quiet with a couple of Greenfinch. I then noticed that the dead tree near the trig point had gone, shame as was often used as a vantage point for various birds such as Kestrel. Again the Wildfowlers’ Pool was empty apart from a Teal and Moorhen. The Flood was also dead; in the fields nearby were more Lapwings and a flock of 60 Starling. The hedge cutters were out in force again!
I was talking to a regular dog walker about the Roe Deer, which I tend not to mention on here so as not inform the bad guys of their presence, he was telling me of two deer recently killed by dogs, and he witnessed three blokes with dogs cornering a deer at the pools. If anyone sees poaching/wildlife crimes in progress please ring the police straight away, and any information/non-emergency can be passed onto the wildlife crime officer by telephoning 01524 63333 or 0845 1253545.