Monday, 5 October 2009

Cliburn Moss

Went down for a wander at a local nature reserve today Cliburn Moss, here's some info :

Its one of those places which just grab you instantly, it felt like I was in Scotland, and looks like a perfect place for Red Squirrels although I didn't see any. Walking through the large Scots Pine and Birch brings a sense of silence and create a strange natural atmosphere, as I walked a grabbed a few Bilberry to munch on.

Where I pulled in to park up, the field opposite had been ploughed and held large numbers of Woodpigeon and Pheasant. The conifers above also held Goldcrests. In the reserve Wren, Dunnock, Blackbird, and Jays were present. There was quite a few Bat boxes on site.

As the path left the reserve it opened up to a disused railway line, heavily lined with Hawthorns. A mixed flock of Greenfinch and Linnet were floating about in the maize, as I watched a Juv Sparrowhawk made an attempt at the flock, then carrying on along the space between one row and the next until it reached an old crooked oak in the centre of the field, another was heard calling nearby. A large flock of Tits past through, containing, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Robin, and a lone Chiff Chaff.

A Musket flew over the maize and headed for the same crooked Oak landing in it out of sight, as I began to leave I heard the characteristic sound of Carrion Crows mobbing something I turned round to find a Common Buzzard leaving from the same crooked Oak!

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Stock Doves were also about.

At the opening of the entrance there was a large amount of these, I think they are Devil's-bit scabious Succisa pratensis. Would like to here what other people think.


  1. Hi Cain

    Devilsbit Scabious is one that I have never knowingly seen. I've looked at the book and I'm sure your correct. It's rounder than I thought, but book confirms it is that shape. Perhaps someone else can trebley confirm. I'm pleased to see you finding some good spots. I didn't think it would take you long. I hope evrything is going smoothly on the 'big adventure!' tc Brian

  2. Looks like Devil's Bit Scabious to me, they are just dieing off now at the one site I know locally on Newbiggin Golf Course.

  3. Thanks Killy Birder, and thanks Alan, they seemed to be beginning to die off at this site two. Added a nice purple glow to the place.

  4. Greenland Whitefront with the Greylags, also 8 Pinkfeet, at Holywell today


  5. Been up Scotland this weekend, hoping to get down to Holywell early tomorow before the trip back over to Penrith, Cheers Cain

  6. I like your photos.