Conservation Blog

Welcome to the new Creswell Crags wildlife blog. My name is Jim and I am one of two wardens who regularly patrol the site. I am a trained naturalist  and have a background of many years in conservation. I really enjoy working at Creswell Crags because the site is so varied and there is always something different to see.

I hope you will enjoy my blog and perhaps even contribute to it. Each monthly entry I will highlight what has been seen around the site during the last month. I would like this blog to become yours as well with your input and your photos. I would welcome your input (reports of sightings and photos) via email ( Alternatively, please feel free to take details of your sightings to the main Reception desk during open hours, leaving your contact details.

February 2014

February can be as harsh as any, with snow and freezing winds, but it’s been so mild that it’s been  the wettest winter on record.  With it have been so migrant birds have been singing like the great tit  singing its repetitive "tea-cher tea-cher" song. I have seen them pairing up and I have seen them collecting nest materials. 

Spring is still several weeks away, but the first signs are showing with hazel catkins hanging like golden tassels in order to release their pollen to the wind. One of the earliest flowers to be seen on site is tussilago farfara commonly known as coltsfoot. It is a perennial herb that spreads from a branched rhizome. Another early yellow flower found on site is lesser celandine Ranunculus ficaria,  all seen on site this month from 22nd February.

On the 23rd we had Sorby Bird Ringing Group here on site from 7am and they had a good public turn out with sightings of a sparrow hawk and they got see a tree creeper close up. Ringing aims to understand what is happening to birds in the places they live and how this affects population increases and decreases, this knowledge is vital for conservation. It also gives information on the movements individual birds make and how long many live for.  

In the woodlands, green leaves are emerging such as dogs mercury and ramsons. They start to green up the woodland floor  like the cuckoo pint (or lord and ladies).  The leaves push up through the leaf litter furled up but then open out once above ground.  Other plants such as bluebells are starting to poke through the leaf litter. 

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