Natural Encounters


Sandwich, Kent
I live in the beautiful and historic town of Sandwich in Kent in the southeast of England. The River Stour lies on the edge of the town. Originally, Sandwich was one of the Cinque Ports, and we have many medieval buildings here from the original construction time. Sandwich is two miles from the coast, and although once it was a major port in its own right, this is no longer the case due to the silting up of the River Stour.

Gazen Salts Nature Reserve
The woodlands are home to many species of flora also such as primroses, celandine, dog rose, oak, ash, wild cherry, elm, field maple, wild privet, marsh marigold, marshmallow, meadowsweet, black bush, yellow iris and many other exciting plants of interest.

The lake and the waterways in the Reserve are sustained by a sluice gate connected to the River Stour. The waters further feed and play host to a diverse range of wildlife, including species such as sticklebacks, pond skaters, diving beetles, frogs and toads, newts, kingfishers, moorhens, bats, rats, shrews, weasels, stoats, foxes, hedgehogs, moles, water voles, grass snakes, mallard, tufted, pochard and shoveler ducks, warblers, woodpeckers, blackcaps, sparrowhawks, grey squirrels, parakeets and others including many butterfly species too.
Natural Encounters – Season 1 – 2022 Gallery 6


Musical Backdrop for this Gallery –Wonder
Mallard ‘Brown’ Drake
Anas platyrhynchos
Crows [Young] foraging after heavy rainfall. [Turning leaves over]

Corvus corone
European Robin singing
Erithacus rubecula
Eastern Grey Squirrel posing for photograph

Sciurus carolinensis
Eastern Grey Squirrel eating fallen berries
Sciurus carolinensis
Eastern Grey Squirrel pretending to not be ‘there’

Sciurus carolinensis

Eastern Grey Squirrel eating ‘crab apple fruits’ and berries

Sciurus carolinensis
Mullein Moth Caterpillar
Cucullia verbasci
Natural Encounters Gallery

Published by The Autistic Composter

Howdy Folks, Earthly Comforts is a broad niche wildlife journaling scrapbook focusing on the countryside, wildlife biodiversity and environmental conservation, flora and fauna volunteering projects, gardening, composting and vermiculture, also known as ‘worm farming and photography too.

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