NOVEMBER 2018 – WALK EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK CHALLENGE – DAY 1 – more info here

It’s nearly the end of November and I haven’t done my monthly challenge yet. For the first time, I went to Sprotbrough Flash Nature Reserve with my friend Kev today. 

Sprotbrough Flash

Sprotbrough Flash

Beautiful Sprotbrough Flash Nature Reserve near Doncaster, managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, is one of the richest wildlife sites in South Yorkshire. The nature reserve is located in the Don Gorge in an area of open water, wetland, woodland and limestone grassland.  The site offers a year-round, free entry treat for all wildlife enthusiasts.

Sprotbrough Flash

Wildlife at the Reserve

Sightings of a range of bird and land life have been noted here. The fauna includes kingfishers, brown hare, grass snakes, bitterns, ruddy darters, and the great crested grebe.

Plant life includes common twayblade, common spotted orchid, spindle, small-leaved lime, woodruff, greater stitchwort, sanicle, and the early purple orchid.

Our Walk

We parked on the Nursery Lane and did a circular walk around the area. Starting at the viewing screen I spotted this beautiful Robin. 

Sprotbrough Flash

Approaching the Kingfisher Hide I got quite excited only to find out that it was completely full with other photographers. I really wanted to take a photo of a Kingy. I was only lucky once so that would be great. We carried on and decided to come back to the hide at the end of the walk. 

Nevertheless, we have seen about 5 grey herons on our walk. They are the largest birds most of us ever see in our garden ( UK) with the wingspan of 6ft.

Did you know that despite their size, they are surprisingly light, weighing on average only half as much as a greylag goose?

Sprotbrough Flash

 

Sprotbrough Flash

 

Sprotbrough Flash

We have also seen some pheasants. They are actually very nice birds, very colourful. 

Sprotbrough Flash

 

Sprotbrough Flash

This little dunnock was so fast, flying around. I am glad I got him.

Sprotbrough Flash

Isn’t this blue tit cute? 

Sprotbrough Flash

And the robins! I just love them! This one gave me a little tiny smile. 🙂 

Sprotbrough Flash

We came back to the first hide and waited for about 40 mins. We were soon starting to run out of time, it was time for me to pick my son from school so it was a wrap. 

Even though we haven’t seen any kingfishers, it was a great walk and we had a great time. First time for both of us at the Sprotbrough Flash and I will definitely be back. I do have to get that kingy after all, don’t I? 

Sprotbrough Flash

 

map of Sprotbrough Flash

 


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