I recently discovered another wildlife gem on our Island. Tucked away in the rolling hills a couple of miles inland from Sandown is Alverstone Mead, a freshwater nature reserve. It’s a beautifully calm spot, well maintained paths through marshland and woodland. Tucked away in one corner is an elevated hide. Yesterday evening I had it all to myself.
I’m always on the look out for our Island’s tiny red inhabitants and this is an excellent spot. They must be well used to humans, as after about ten minutes they were scrambling and leaping around me confidently.
The avian inhabitants took a little longer to emerge. I spotted a woodpecker, but I’d need a longer lens to capture such a reticent bird. Some were much friendlier, no doubt helped by the well stocked feeders.