Leader: Jim Burnett
Six members attended on a pleasant October afternoon for this late season walk. Carr Lodge is a YWT reserve on the opposite side of the M18 link road to Potteric Carr, and many of us were unaware of its existence until last year. A small wooded area is open to the public but the large grassy part is closed.
Amazon Lakes (is this an official name?) on the other side of the M18 is new habitat. There are 4 acres of water (balancing ponds) created to absorb water during periods of heavy rain and to release it slowly to prevent flooding (to compensate for the large areas of new buildings and tarmac on previously agricultural land). They have been colonised by many water birds (Mute Swans, Mallard, Gadwall, Teal, Widgeon, Tufted Duck, Greylag and Canada Geese, Coots, Great Crested Grebes, Cormorant, Little Egret and Heron were seen). Late dragonflies noted were Common Darter and (probably, from the time of year) Migrant Hawker. Some very unseasonal Marsh Marigolds were in flower and it was noted that a small area of the shoreline of the first lake (M18 Lake on Google Maps) was heavily used by Mute Swans to defecate. What will grow there in future?