Story and photos by Deborah Blencowe
Yes, indeed, the wildlife at Crabtree Ponds have been thriving over the summer. The Wildlife Trust, in smaller groups than usual have continued to do their maintenance of the site and Streets Ahead have been emptying the bin regularly.
We have had two sets of duckings, the first set of nine being more successful as they had an earlier start and by the time the second batch of ten came along they were already well grown. Unfortunately, because they had become territorial and there was big competition for food, some of the new ducklings became victims of the protective older mother duck.
Whilst all this was occurring, the Moorhens had three clutches of five chicks, all successfully reared. Over the last six months all the birds have grown substantially and are still thriving. Plenty of rats knocking about too.
The Wildlife Trust will continue to monitor the state of the site and do their monthly clean ups. If you would be interested in helping, please look for further information on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Rachel Stevenson on 0114 263 4335. Thank You.