Gemma Chapman from Charnwood Borough Council and idverde’s Horticultural Development Manager, Nicola Clarke, were delighted to support the Stonebow Washlands Group with their first ever Dawn Chorus Walk which took place in early May.

The walk around the whole of Stonebow Washlands Local Nature Reserve commenced at 5.45am and took over two and half hours to complete.

The purpose of the event was to encourage members of the public to get involved with Stonebow Washlands and to understand and record the species of birds, mammals and insects that use the unique habitat on the Nature Reserve.

In addition to garden song birds such as robin, blackbird, song thrush, chaffinch and great, blue and long-tailed tits summer visitors such as: the chiff-chaff, blackcap, willow and garden warbler were also heard and recorded. The group were also delighted to spot a number of hares running in the field behind the Washlands and to see evidence that the Nature Reserve is being used extensively by badgers.

The findings of the group will be added to the management plans and, with the support of Charnwood Borough Council and idverde,  plenty of consideration will be given at future planning meetings to further enhance Stonebow Washlands for the benefit of more local wildlife.