When an organisation called ARK hosts an event, no-one should be too surprised when there’s a downpour.
Regardless, around 60 friends of Action for the River Kennet braved the wettest weekend of the year to spot the wildlife that lives along the banks of the river, which flows through Marlborough.
People on the wildlife walk, led by expert Peter Marren, had good views of great spotted woodpeckers, a kingfisher, a bullfinch, a blackcap and – perhaps thanks to the soggy conditions – four species of snail. There was also evidence of the healthy water vole population.
ARK’s riverfly monitors, who carry out important surveying of river invertebrates were on hand to help the many young children present explore the river and get up close to the wide variety of creatures that live in the riverbed.
There was a last chance to help fund a large wildlife pond in the 15 acre meadow by buying Grand Pond Raffle tickets and being in with a chance of winning one of 50 prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.
The raffle and meadow day was organised by voluntary Stonebridge Meadow project officer Anna Forbes and her son Harry.
“Even with the weather there were approximately 60 people who donned their wellies, bought homemade cake and enjoyed the reserve. Through the raffle, donations and cake sales we have now raised just over £2,000 towards the pond. I would like to thank everybody for their amazing support, ” said Anna.
ARK will also be holding a series of Moth Trapping Evenings in the meadow over the coming months. This will add to the valuable data already collected of species present. Anyone interested in attending should call Anna on 01672 511028.