TAILS OF A NATURE RESERVE: Jacksons Coppice and Marsh 19.02.14

The raised boardwalk around the marsh.
The raised boardwalk around the marsh.

Jacksons Coppice and Marsh is an ancient water meadow and woodland beside the River Sow in Staffordshire.

Making the most of a rain free day, my Mum and I set off to the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve near Eccleshall. This was the first time we had visited the reserve and we were not disappointed, but were surprised to be the only people at the reserve.

We were able to walk through the wet alder woodland and marshland on a raised boardwalk. The reserve was alive with so much birdsong! We were lucky enough to see blue tits, great tits, wrens, nuthatches, tree creepers, robins, buzzards and my favourite, the greater spotted woodpecker.

A cloudy day, lots of tree coverage, very tall trees which birds seemed to enjoy sitting right at the top of and not the best telephoto lens on my camera made it a challenge to get some good photos of the wildlife at Jacksons Coppice and Marsh. But hopefully it will give you an idea of what we saw today.

A map of Jacksons Coppice and Marsh and what we saw and where. Click on image to enlarge.
A map of Jacksons Coppice and Marsh and what we saw and where. Click on image to enlarge.
Nest Box at Jacksons Coppice
Nest Box at Jacksons Coppice
Who does this fur belong to?
Who does this fur belong to?
Freshly made mole hills
Freshly made mole hills

Nuthatch on feeder at Jacksons CoppiceNuthatch on feeder at Jacksons Coppice

Blue tit on feeder at Jacksons Coppice
Blue tit on feeder at Jacksons Coppice
Treecreeper at Jacksons Marsh
Treecreeper at Jacksons Marsh
Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Who lives in a hole like this?
Who lives in a hole like this?
Robin
Robin who joined us for lunch
Snowdrops
Snowdrops
Blue and Great Tit at Jacksons Coppice
Blue and Great Tit at Jacksons Coppice
Buzzard
Buzzard
Four buzzards
Four buzzards

Alder WoodlandAlder Woodland

Jacksons Coppice is well known for its carpets of bluebells in spring as well as spring wildlife such as grass snakes and frogs, so another trip is definately on the cards! Watch this space!

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