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.

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Natural Encounters – Season 1 – 2022 Gallery 16



Photographs taken during March 2022 in and around Sandwich Town and Gazen Salts Nature Reserve.

Twice Monthly Feature Gallery
Natural Encounters Gallery


Fauna
Moorhen, Magpie, Mallard Drakes and Hens, European Robin and Eastern Grey Squirrels


Flora
Red Valerian, Ditchweed, Primrose, Jasmine, Cherry Tree, Blackthorn, Pussy Willow and Common Periwinkle


Fauna
Eastern Grey Squirrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Moorhen, Mallard Drakes, Mallard Hens, European Robin and feeding Parakeets.


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.

6 thoughts on “Natural Encounters

  1. Spring has sprung in Sandwich! So beautiful, thank you! I love all the birds. We don’t have any of those where I live. Even our woodpeckers up in the mountains are dull. The Parrots have moved on to different feeding areas and Georgie must be staying closer to the shore. The weather has been 31°C that past couple days, so I’m sure there are plenty of unwary outside diners for him and Gracie😂

    I bet the air smells lovely with all those blossoms.

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  2. Beautiful photos, Rory, and I like how you titled your groupings as Fauna and Flora. We’re seeing more signs of spring every day, though it has been slow coming this year.

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    1. Hey Eugenia 🙂

      The more l tweak the more l too am enjoying the new format. Each gallery will receive something different about it in addition to merely being photos and music or photos quotes and music .

      But l want to add a little snippet or hint in the new season’s too 🙂

      You are quite right, spring has been slow to arrive this year. Tois week has been telling, warm weather and suddenly everything woke up at once!

      I was walking in the reserve this morning and l saw some gorgeous ducklings! first of the season too 🙂 Spring’s here now.

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