What you might see

In winter, the wildfowl can be quite a spectacle including large numbers of lapwing and this is one of the few remaining places you can still see Bewick’s swan.

In spring, look out for displaying lapwing and at dusk drumming snipe. In late spring the hobby will arrive, hunting dragonflies over the ditches and will time its breeding to feed its young on hirundines (swallows and martins) – quite an amazing sight to see!

Enjoy the dragons and damsels such as hairy dragonfly or downy emerald and beautiful demoiselle before they get snapped up. And listen out for the ‘plop’ of a water vole hurriedly swimming away.

Practice your aquatic plant identification skills on the array of submerged, emergent and floating ditch plants. All of the native species of duckweed; emergent greater water-parsnip, water-cresses and the beautiful pink flowering rush; submerged pondweeds and stoneworts can also be seen.

bewick's swan / Neil Fletcher