Marlow Peregrines Update

Confetti falling means a hearty breakfast at All Saints’ this morning. Here you can see the adult male tucking in!

Guided Bird ID Walk

Spade Oak Lake Nature Reserve came up trumps again on Saturday 9th March, for our Guided Bird ID Walk.
35 species observed, including two scruffy looking grey heron chicks in the nest, only 1-2 days old 💚
Thanks so much to David and Jackie for their expertise. Here are the records:
 
Black headed gull, blackbird, blue tit, Canada goose, carrion crow, Cetti’s warbler, chiff chaff, coot, cormorant, Egyptian goose, great crested grebe, goldcrest, goldfinch, grey heron, greylag goose, jay, kingfisher, long tailed tit, magpie, mallard, moorhen, mute swan, pheasant, pochard, red kite, redwing, robin, shoveler, song thrush, teal, tufted duck, widgeon, wood pigeon, wren
          

New Website Launched

We are thrilled that finally we are able to launch our new website. 
After a while of not being able to edit our previous website, and having limited functionality, we are so pleased to be back in control. Thank you so much to the volunteers who have helped with the content and ideas, and especially Spencer from Designbury, for helping us with so much. We hope you enjoy the new website, find the user experience a little easier and we look forward to having more functionality going forward. 
          

National Nest Box Week 2024

As it is National Nest Box Week, we’d like to highlight a fantastic local group of volunteers that we use for various nest boxes all around Marlow.
As well as designing and building the peregrine nesting platform for All Saints’ Church Marlow, they also have supplied and installed owl and swift boxes all over Marlow. But it’s not just bird boxes, they also do nesting boxes for hedgehogs, bats and bees 💚
They always support us when hosting box making workshops for families too 🔨 We haven’t lost a finger yet!
So if you’d like to give wildlife some support in your garden or green space, send them or us a message for great advice and products 🦅🦉🐦‍⬛🦔🦇🐝

Love is in the air!

 
Especially for Valentine’s Day 💚
Great crested grebes displaying their courting ritual at at Spade Oak Lake Nature Reserve this week.
📷 David Bevan
        

Another Thames Water Sewage Spill

 
We are saddened and angry to learn of the latest catastrophic failure at the Thames Water Sewage Treatment Works in Little Marlow last Friday. Thousand of litres of sewage were dumped for 16+ hours into the river, as well as a large amount of hazardous contamination in nearby streams and lakes.
This is an area very familiar to us as it is such an important area for wildlife. Our water vole project team regularly spots signs of protected species using these waterways. The wildlife is now at risk from the impact. It wasn’t very long ago we saw dozens of dead birds at Spade Oak Lake, very soon after a similar failure.
At a time when our natural environment needs help, these regular failings cannot be allowed to continue. Dumping sewage in our rivers and lakes is dangerous to people and wildlife. Do we have to wait for the River Thames to be declared ecologically dead again, before something is done?
 
Local naturalist Steve Backshall has been in contact with us “‘this precious stretch of river is home to kingfishers, a huge amount of water birds, fish, and even a family of otters. Wild swimmers and paddleboarders use the river even in the winter. For days after a big outage the stench is unbearable , but the effects last for months afterwards. Anglers, dog walkers and birders are wading around in human filth, and who knows what the dogs will be eating. Enough is enough!!!!”

     

Our Avon Lady

A beautiful photo and video of our Avon Lady, sent to us this week by David Bevan 💚 All Saints’ Church Marlow

Peregrine Platform Maintenance

Wild Marlow volunteers come with a varied range of skills. Today the peregrine team did some essential maintenance and repairs at the top of All Saints’ Church Marlow spire, to the nesting platform and monitoring camera, plus a little clean up to look after the building.
Not a job for the faint hearted but always worth it for the view 💚
 

Water Vole Project Volunteers

Over the last month our amazing water vole project volunteers have experienced some challenging conditions with the floods and freeze, but they are made of hardy stuff! 💪
Not only were they rewarded with some spectacular views while out checking the monitoring rafts and cameras, we also captured some cool footage – an otter family playing in the river and an owl using a raft as a launch pad 🦦💚🦉
If you’d like to help us with these checks, please do get in touch. You don’t need to be experienced, full training is provided, but gloves and wellies are recommended 👍