Suffolk blog (part 2)


As you can see in part one we went to RSPB Minsmere and other places but alongside that we had been staying at a place called Springlake Leisure with very friendly hosts Lynn and Leister! They also showed a big passion for wildlife and were very interested in what wildlife was roaming around their place! I showed them the moths, bats and loads of the other wildlife they were so lucky enough to have! The final place we went to during the holiday was RSPB Lakenheath fen in hope of seeing something nice. We arrived and were told an adult bittern had two younger Bitterns and it was with them in front of the hide. This is a very rare sight as bitterns are very elusive and don’t usually show well.

Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)

We spent all of our time in the hide watching them feed and even fly past the hide window. We then went back to the cottage for a rest and finished identifying the rest of the moths we had been catching the previous night/early morning.

 

Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala)
Beautiful Hook-tip (Laspeyria flexula)

As I mentioned above we were staying in a cottage. We had a brilliant time and I set up my moth trap every night to catch and ID the moths before releasing them back into the wild. Moth Results and more photos can be seen here: https://mikesnature.com/moth-trapping

 

Bats were also a big part of our stay as there was a Noctule bat roost somewhere on their land. Since they had a big lake, there were Daubentons bats hunting low over the water in the pitch black and loads of trees which encouraged different species including Soprano pipistrelle, common pipistrelle, Noctule, Serotine and brown long eared bat! This makes a total of 6 bat species just in Springlake Leisure!!!

 

(new page coming soon with bat recordings shown on a sonogram!!!)

 

The final thing we did before we left was say goodbye to Lynn and Leister but they also introduced us to their friend Gordon and his wife who were very nice to chat with and were enthusiastic about wildlife! Lynn also made some AMAZING brownies for our journey home!

 

I had a brilliant time!

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