Seasonal Highlights

Spring

  • 12.08 star carr black dike seamer carrWaders such as Lapwing and Curlew are a common sight on The Carrs during the Spring season as this is their main breeding period.
  • Bird song can be heard at its peak at this time of year.
  • Migrant birds such as Warblers and Yellow Wagtail arrive.
  • Frogs and toads are spawning in ponds and ditches in the area.
  • Young cattle and lambs are born.
  • Brown hares are abundant and commonly seen around The Carrs.
  • At this time of year the majority of farming practices focus on sowing crops and grazing cattle on pastoral land.

Summer

  • Jul09 reseeded landfillThe Summer season is bursting with life on The Carrs as breeding season is in full swing.
  • Invertebrate richness is high at this time of year and a variety of Dragonflies can been seen around water bodies such as ponds, in-field scrapes and drainage ditches.
  • Many mammals are present but may be difficult to glimpse due to thick vegetation..
  • Wildflowers such as Purple Loosestrife, Meadow Sweet and a variety of ‘weeds’ in arable fields, add a splash of colour to The Carrs.
  • Bird life includes the red-listed Grey Partridge which can been seen in coveys of 15-20 individuals, Corn Bunting and Skylark, which can be heard singing.
  • Farming practices include traditional hay making around June time, green grass cutting, oil seed harvest and cereal harvest around August.

Autumn

  • Oct 6th 2011 shaggy inkcaps at Star CarrAs Autumn arrives, so does a number of migrating birds as this is the main passage period. Waders such as Sandpiper, Whimbrel and the Little Egret can be seen and if you are lucky you may even see a Marsh Harrier searching for prey on The Carrs. As these birds arrive, Warblers depart fon their annual migration.
  • Swallows can be seen in abundance perched upon telegraph wires.
  • It is not uncommon to see Fungi as it sprouts up around The Carrs at this time of year.
  • Due to many of the fields being bare at this time of year it is much easier to spot animals such as Hares and Partridges.
  • Farming practices focus mainly on harvesting cereal crops and potatoes as this is the main harvesting period. Also some seeds are sown to overwinter in the ground.

Winter

  • Feb09 016Winter is an excellent time to spot birds of prey such as Barn owl, Short-eared Owl and Peregrine.
  • Birds such as Golden Plover, Lapwing and Fieldfare form large flocks during winter.
  • Many Thrushes are encountered including the red-listed Redwing.
  • Gulls such as the Great black-backed and Herring Gull can be seen roosting on The Carrs as they move inland in WInter.
  • Roe deer are regularly spotted around The Carrs.
  • As far as the farming cycle is concerned, many of the fields are in a dormant state, and therefore the field hedgerows become invaluable to wildlife in the area for shelter and food.
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