21 February 2015
A review from one of our group, Daphne Tibbles
A group of twelve from TMAEG and MK Green Gym visited The Hanson Centre with our guide Chris Ward of the RSPB on a beautiful sunny morning in mid-February. We saw a variety of birds including plovers, shovelers, golden eye, tufted ducks, pochard and two very rare smew. A bittern was spotted in this area in January. We also saw heron which nest here and only one other area in MK at Willen Lake. Lots of garden birds visited the feeders, including a marsh tit.
Although we weren’t able to capture pictures of birds on this occasion, we came across some Scarlet Elf (Sarcoscypha) edible fungi which looked very vibrant.
A very worthwhile and enjoyable day was had by all and we would definitely recommend you visit the Centre soon.
A reflection on the morning from Kevin Reed
So off we went to Linford Lakes
Binoculars in hand
Where waterfowl and waders fly
And then decide to land
Chris from the RSPB
Was on hand to give us hope
Did you see that oystercatcher
In Chris’s telescope!!
He has the knowledge and advice
To really set the mood
The smaller birds were also fun
As they tucked into their food
The setting and tranquility
So quiet and serene
Spring migrants start to set up home
You wonder where they’ve been
From crested grebes to herons
From the egret to the fox
This haven of our wildlife
Must tick the viewing box
And thanks to all the Hanson staff
For their hospitality
Now how about some Lottery funding
I’m sure you all agree!!