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Wilstone Reservoir CES

The long running CES at Wilstone is within the reed bed, the 7 net rides (540') are at the interface of the phragmites and the mostly sallow carr . Each net ride has been managed to some degree .The sallows have been either layered, pollarded or coppiced on either side to maintain a stable structured habitat .

The CES site comprises roughly a third of the total area of the reed bed at Wilstone  and is bounded on two sides by an old orchard of apples and plums and by a grazed meadow known Rushey Meadow which is part of the reservoirs SSSI

The numbered of birds handled per session since TRG took over the site has varied from 108 in 2004 to 61 in 2016 but is usually in the 80s. Species caught include little grebe, little egret, buzzard, hobby, green sandpiper, water rail, cuckoo, cettis warbler and firecrest but mostly reed warbler.

Wilstone ringing site in summer

Net ride 2 showing layered hedge
Net ride 5 on boardwalk beside inlet stream
Net ride 1 on old Drayton Bank