Wild East Devon June Newsletter

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Swift, Martin Or Swallow?

Swifts & Swallows

Nothing is a more symbolic sign of summer than the return of swallows, martins and swifts to our skies. These birds are a joyous part of our summer landscape, but often cause confusion over which is which. Swallows, house martins and sand martins all belong to the same family, while swifts sit in a completely different group of birds more aligned to nightjars.

Read Ranger James' ID tips

Otter Cam: Using Trail Cameras

Otter Cam

Trail cameras are a great way to capture footage of wildlife during the times you are away and do not disturb the animals. They can be attached easily to a branch or tree in an area where you think animals use regularly, taking images triggered by any movement nearby. At Seaton Wetlands the trail cameras have picked up regular photos and videos of the otter patrolling his territory this month.

Read more from Ranger Izzi

Helping Hedgehogs

Hedgehog in garden credit:Tina Burke

Our prickly friends are fully active now, there will be lots of hoglets roaming around who were born in May. Let’s do all we can to help our spiny friends. One of the most effective things you can do in your garden or to encourage neighbours in your street is to make hedgehog highways to allow the animals to roam across more gardens. More access to gardens means more food and increased chances of thriving.

Read Ranger Tim's tips here

Cygnets Emerging At Seaton Wetlands

Cygnets at Seaton Wetlands

This is the time of year when cygnets can be seen around our wetland nature reserves. The first (and very fluffy) cygnets of the year hatched at Seaton Wetlands in May. At the wetlands you can encounter swans on the bodies of water on the site including the River Axe, the Borrow Pit and the pond in front of the sand martin cliff, occasionally accompanied by fuzzy grey cygnets.

You will be able to spot young cygnets emerging anytime from now until July. Traditionally, the number of eggs in a clutch can range from three to eight and hatch after about 35-41 days.

Read more from Ranger Will

Wild East Devon Covid 19 Update

In response to the latest changes to government lockdown restrictions including a continuation of social distancing measures, we will be extending our cancellation of public engagement and volunteering sessions to Wednesday 1 July at the earliest.

Read our full June update here