Flanders Moss NNR
Flanders is a great place to see wildlife at the moment. Yesterday, walking across them Moss it felt a bit like the Serengeti as wherever you looked something was happening.
It is the red deer rut at the moment on the Moss. Over 200 deer are congregated out there with stags battling it out to mate with the hinds. This number of deer is not good for the Moss or the farmland surrounding the NNR and we are working to reduce the number but in the meantime it makes a great wildlife spectacle. Listen out for the roaring stags even when there are none in sight.
Currently there are about 3000 pink-footed geese feeding on the fields next to Flanders. At dusk they lift off and head west probably to the Lake of Mentieth to roost. An awesome sight.
More winter birds are arriving. Yesterday we saw our first fieldfares and jack snipe for the winter, freshly arrived from North-East Europe with redwings in the area as well.
A late afternoon can be the best time to experience the moss, an hour spent on the viewing tower with binoculars just listening and watching is time well spent. And it is the perfect justification for tea and cake afterwards!