Sunday, 9 August 2009

Water Level dropping at Amwell NR


Water levels still dropping quite dramatically. 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Hobbies and 30 Common Terns. Earlier in the day reports of Red Kite and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

King's Meads

Unlike Amwell the water levels here are actually going up!! There is now not the slightest sign of any margins, just totally full lakes. This is due to the water level being dependent on Chadwell Spring which in turn is fed from Mimshall Brook which disappears down a swallow hole at Water End (near Welham Green south of Hatfield), ten miles away, and makes its way underground to re-emerge as Chadwell Spring. Because of the distance involved it takes up to a week for the rains to have any effect on the water levels at King's Meads.

30 Common Swifts. noted at King's Meads

Riverside Garden Centre, Lower Hatfield Road, Hertford

On land opposite, 1 Barn Owl and 2 Little Owls.

Alan Reynolds

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