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Visiting the old beech forest - Richards Diary part 21

Wednesday 5th May 2010

Eberhard is keen to take us to an area of old beech forest in one of the core areas. It’s a lovely spot to the east of the mill. We walk under 200 year old beech trees and look up in awe at the largest field maple either of us have ever seen. The ground flora is luxurious with the species we’ve seen elsewhere. Sadly there’s no sign of the red-breasted flycatchers which breed here, perhaps it’s still a bit early.

Brandenburg countryside in the spring
Brandenburg countryside in the spring

close up photo of bee flies mating
Bee flies mating

view of richard looking for crane nests
Trying to refind crane nests

Afterwards we check out a couple of nest sites with Eberhard but there’s no sign yet of re-laying. Eberhard thinks it will be a couple of weeks at least before pairs will be ready to re-lay.

Later, we return to Glambecker Mill and pack up the incubator room. This doesn’t take too long and leaves us good time to prepare an evening meal for Eberhard, Beate and Lutz. We have a lovely time together.

This is the diary of Richard Archer, RSPB Conservation Officer for Somerset. In mid April, Richard spent three weeks as part of the RSPB/WWT/Pensthorpe crane team collecting crane eggs in Eastern Germany. These are his personal reflections on the successful German visit. You can read all of Richards Diary here.

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Richard Archer is RSPB’s Conservation Officer for Somerset, and took his sabbatical in the of Spring 2010 to help with the collection, incubation and transport of the first year’s eggs.