Outing to Low Barns

Outing to Low Barns
26th May 2018
Leader D.I.Griss.
11 members gathered at Low Barns on a warm sunny day for a quiet informal wander around the reserve. There was plenty to see with flowers out and plenty of insects showing. We called in at all of the hides and although the lake seemed fairly bare were able to see Mute Swan ( on nest), Canada Geese (with young) Mallard (with young), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting and Heron. Away from the hides Blackcap, Garden warbler, Chiffchaff, and Willow Warbler were all singing. We saw Small White, Orangetip and Peacock Butterflies. Three species of damselfly (Large Red, Azure and Blue-tailed) were seen as well as Bee fly Black and red Froghopper, Small Magpie Moth, a Scorpion Fly, Carder Bee and Zebra Spider. However there were several comments on the absence of Bees which seems to have been common to other sites this year. A list of 61 flowers and flowering bushes was made including Burnet Rose, Sweet Cicely and an early Orchid.
Lunch was taken in one of the hides and by the time we had visited the Northumbrian Water Hide and examined the Damsel flies there and sauntered on we arrived back at the visitor centre at c15.00hrs. After light refreshment it was time to leave for home, having enjoyed a pleasant and interesting day.