Talbot Field Nature Reserve has many bird nesting and bat roosting boxes mounted in the main woodland at the western end of the meadow. These were originally purchased by Hassocks Parish Council and mounted and maintained by The Woodland, Flora & Fauna Group. Recently, following a meeting with council officials and a group representative, it was agreed that further boxes would be purchased by them to compliment the existing ones which had been so successful. Every year inspections revealed a high level of occupancy which suggested an increased number of boxes would further benefit local wildlife species.
The additional boxes were ordered by the Parish Council and collected from their office by the group. They were subsequently mounted in the existing woodland and the tree cluster at the eastern end of the reserve. It is anticipated that these will be welcomed by the local bird and bat populations and make the nature location even more valuable for the indigenous wildlife. We are obviously very grateful to Hassocks Parish Council for their on-going investment in the local natural environment and will continue to support this to maximise the benefit to nature.
A new bird box mounted on a tree within the reserve.
Each one is located in a position most suitable for nesting.
They include boxes of various types to appeal to different bird species.
Bat boxes are mounted on trees throughout the woodland.
They are often mounted considerably higher than the bird boxes to suit the requirements of their occupants.
When entering the wood it is necessary to look up in the canopy to notice them.
Bats are sensitive to temperature and humidity and select roosts to match their particular needs in respect of height and orientation.
This woodland at Talbot Field is highly used by roosting bats.
These measures compliment the richness of the surrounding meadow to provide a sanctuary where wildlife can flourish in an increasingly hostile world. Below are some of the other natural attributes flourishing in the reserve this year and sustaining local wildlife populations.
Colourful flowers form displays throughout the meadow.
Each plant blending with its neighbour to compliment the impressive overall appearance.
Different species and coloured areas of plant growth provides a rainbow patchwork throughout the meadow.
Each plant providing a valuable source of food for different species of local wildlife.
Knapweed is one of the richest providers.
Appealing to insects of all descriptions….
….and a vital source of food for the bee populations.
Other plant displays appeal to different insects….
….like this beautiful moth ….
….or cinnabar moth caterpillars on ragwort.
Clover adds to the insect attraction and value of the meadow.
Fungi of many descriptions can also be found here.
Overall this small nature reserve area is providing an increasing appeal to wildlife populations and improving our natural environment. Foxes and deer are often seen around us as we perform conservation work there and frogs hop through the long grass disturbing the huge population of grasshoppers and crickets inhabiting it. The majority of bird and bat boxes are populated each summer and we have high expectations from the additional ones that have just been erected. Increasingly this small area is becoming a wildlife haven and one we are proud to contribute effort to improve in conjunction with Hassocks Parish Council.