Natural Encounters


Photographs l have taken capturing wildlife whilst in Gazen Salts Nature Reserve in Sandwich and whilst walking around the historical town and along the Ramparts Walk.

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.

For more photograph galleries see Directory below …
Photos taken between 01st February to 12th February
Natural Encounters – Season 1 – 2022 Gallery 14


Musical Backdrop for this Gallery –Bright

Magpie strutting or strutting Magpie!
Pica pica
Hybrid Mallard indian Runner Duck stretching after wash!
Breeding pair of Mallards swimming on the Delf Stream, The Ropewalk, Sandwich.

Anas platyrhynchos
European Robin on Millwall Path, Sandwich.

Erithacus rubecula
Mallard Hen ‘On Frozen Pond’, Gazen Salts Nature Reserve.

Anas platyrhynchos
Mallard hen enjoying a wash, rinse, nip and tuck groom on the pond.
Anas platyrhynchos
Feral Pigeon posing for photo!
Columba livia domestica
Mallard Ducks walking on iced pond.
Anas platyrhynchos
Moorhens foraging early morning near Delf stream.
 Gallinula chloropus
Mallard Duck Breeding pair swimming together on the Delf stream.
Anas platyrhynchos
Hybrid Mallard indian Runner Ducks swimming and foraging
Eastern Grey Squirrels, feeding and playing chase on the ramparts in Sandwich.
 Sciurus carolinensis
Natural Encounters Gallery

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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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