Your probably wondering why I placed an earthworm on my list in the first place. Unlike the other invertebrates on my list, earthworms are not on it because they are rare or colourful. They are on my list because they are important and rather fascinating creatures. Without earthworms, our planet would be in a lot of trouble. They recycle dead leaf matter, pulling them into the ground, allowing them to rot down in their tunnels creating vital compost for plants. Their movements underground also mixes the soil like miniature ploughs. On top of that, earthworms are food for many animals that we love such as birds and hedgehogs. So I think you can agree with me, especially if your a gardener, that earthworms fully deserve to be on my list.
|Chinese Water Deer|
|Great Crested Grebe|
From Reception Hide, it was a bit quiet with not much to see. Though a lot of the absence of birdlife was mainly due to a black helicopter flying stupidly low over the reserve causing everything to disperse. Its just like those fighter jets from a couple of weeks ago all over again! Before this helicopter showed up, I was watching greylag geese, shovelers, a tufted duck, two pochards, a little grebe and a couple of marsh harriers. All that remained after the helicopter passed by were a coots, a few teal, gadwall and some mallards that were busy mating at least three times.
|Mallard displaying to one another (involves a lot of head bobbing)|