|Photographs of wild flora and fauna l have taken whilst walking around Gazen Salts Nature Reserve, The Ramparts, along the River Stour, Sandwich Bay, and other wildlife country walks around the historic town of Sandwich and the county of Kent, where l also happen to live.|
|Gazen Salts Nature Reserve|
The woodlands are also home to many flora species, 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.
|I use the following cameras and lenses; Canon IXUS 185 8 x Optical Zoom, Canon EOS 700D, 18-55mm Lens, 75-300mm Zoom Lens and extension tubes for macro photography.|
|Natural Encounters Season 2|
|Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.|
Frank Lloyd Wright
|Musical Score – Daybreak|
|Wildlife Snippets of Interest!|
The sycamore maple is related to the maple but is a non-native species to the UK introduced from Central Europe in the 15th century. It can easily attain a height of over a hundred feet. If left unchecked and unmanaged, this maple species can spread rapidly due to its speedy growth. They are superb for shade coverage due to their widespread canopy.
Sycamore trees are used by wildlife, especially if hollow, as they are extraordinary storage chambers for sheltering species, nesting and squirrel’s winter food.
|Gallery Above, Red Campion, Common Moorhen, Magpie, Mallard Ducks and Sycamore Mapel.|
|Wildlife Snippets of Interest!|
Some see Red Campion as a weed, others as a wildflower, and others as a woodland herb. I find it beautiful, especially when seen with other flowering flowers such as end season bluebells, parsley, creeping buttercups and garlic mustard. The pinkness of the flower is quite distinctive. I photograph them quite often in Gazen Salts Nature reserve.
Red Campions are found in partially shaded wooded areas along pathways, hedgerows, and roadsides and can quickly grow to three feet. They are commonly seen from late April and early May to September and flowers from spring to autumn with some green foliage throughout all the seasons.
They are particularly beneficial to wildlife such as butterflies, hoverflies, bees, moths and other pollinating insect species. It is also known as Adder’s Flower, Devil’s Flower, Ragged Jack, Red Lychnis and Hare’s Eye.
Apothecaries and herbalists used the flower to treat various ailments like internal bleeds, sores and stings. Healers in other parts of the world used them also for digestive issues and the treatment of warts.
Red campion enjoys well-drained soils of moderate fertility and complements both wildlife gardens and meadows.
|Gallery Above, Common Seagull, Yellow Roses, Spanish Bluebell, Mallard Ducks and Moorhens.|