Yes! The first glimpse of sunshine for days this morning! What a real lift to the spirits. I decided to get out before breakfast to have a walk around Rodden Nature Reserve.
This is a relatively new Reserve which is being managed for Asda by Frome Area Wildlife Group (FAWG). It was designed both as a flood amelioration scheme and Nature Reserve when Asda built their supermarket there 2 or 3 years ago. There are two freshwater areas with wet meadow and pasture. The River Frome also runs along the western side of the Reserve and Rodden Brook along the north side. There is a website currently being built for the Reserve which I will try and link with when it is up and running which will give alot more detail including species lists.
Here is a photo I took this morning in lovely light showing the Mill which is occupied. Otter has been seen along this stretch of the River Frome. In March 2006 several excellent birds were seen on the Reserve including Bonaparte's Gull, a pair of Garganey and Jack Snipe.