Kenn Moor



Announcement:

These two fields were purchased in December 2006 with the help of local residents. A wild flower meadow has been sown near Kenn Moor Road and the ditches in the larger field have been improved for aquatic plants and insects. The fields will be managed to encourage wetland plants and provide refuge for birds and mammals.

Access for members will be on open days, events and workparties, or by arrangement with the warden (email us).

 

flickr photos of this reserve.

News bulletins for Kenn Moor are listed below.

Great White Egret on Kenn Moor – 11th September 2016

A Great White Egret was present on Kenn Moor on 11th September and Higgy was on hand to capture these shots (taken at very long distance). This constitutes the first record for the Yacwag area and it would be a ‘mega’ for birdwatchers in other parts of the country. 2016 is only the third year that Great White Egrets have nested in the UK and all nests are in the Somerset Levels. Indications are that their numbers will increase ( perhaps not to the levels attained by Little Egrets) and this beautiful White heron will become a regular feature of our local wetlands. Many thanks, Higgy.

Trevor Riddle

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SMALL MAMMAL SURVEY IN KENN MOOR RESERVE, MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND 2015

The main purpose of our survey was to see if we could find any Water Shrews. The fact that we have found Water Shrew in Stowey Reserve twice in 5 years, less than 250 metres away as the crow flies, makes us think that there is a good chance of finding them in both reserves.

We concentrated most of our traps, 35, along the bank of the rhyne on the north east boundary of the field. The rhynes on the other boundaries were cleaned out this year and are providing very little cover this spring. The other 14 traps were spread equally across the reserve.  The traps were put in position on the Friday evening and checked on both Saturday and Sunday, morning and evening before being collected on Monday morning.

We caught 8 Bank Voles, 3 were caught more than once. We caught no Shrews or Field Voles although there was an abundance of field signs of vole activity. Field Voles are known to be ‘trap shy’ so it is no surprise that we did not catch any. It was disappointing not to catch any shrews at all although it does not mean that they are not there.

It is worth remembering that Stowey is the reserve that we have surveyed the most often and we have only caught 2 Water Shrews with a 5 year interval between them. We will monitor the level of cover on the banks of the rhynes in Kenn Moor after the cattle have completed the annual grazing and if suitable will repeat this exercise in the autumn when it is normal for small mammal numbers to be higher.

Richard Croucher

Kenn Moor hedge laying – Jan to March 2014

Thanks to the supervision and follow-up by Malcolm Dowling, a champion hedge-layer, YACWAG volunteers spent many hours in January, February and March working at Kenn Moor this winter to lay the hedge which we planted when the fields were acquired. Malcolm also used a chain-saw to lay the old hedge on the north of the field, giving new views across Kenn Moor. Volunteers cleared up all the brash with a large bonfire. More light has now been let into the small field, which we hope will benefit the wild flowers.

Bramble in the larger field was reduced by contractors, and a willow that had collapsed over the rhyne has been pollarded. The rush cover in the larger field is excellent for over-wintering snipe, of which there were 150 at one point during the winter.

   

Faith

Kenn Moor Update 6 June 2012

The grasses are all coming into flower. The sorrel is abundant in the larger field.   A good patch of Ragged Robin is thriving in the centre of the field.

Red Fescue

 

Sorrel
 

Yorkshire Fog

 
 
 
       
                      Report and Photos by Faith Moulin
 
 
 
   
 

  

 

Small Mammal Survey Kenn Moor

40 traps were set on very wet ground and checked 6 times each between 11 and 13 May 2012.  We had a total of 22 catches.
 
10 of the traps were in the small field around the edges. In these traps we caught 4 Woodmice, 2 Field Voles and 5 common Shrews. When we allow for the possibility of recaptures we have minimum numbers of 2 Woodmice, 1 Field Vole and 1 Common Shrew.
 
30 Traps were in the large field. They caught 7 Field Voles and 3 Woodmice. Allowing for recaptures we have a minimum of 2 Field Voles and 1 Woodmouse.
 
I think that one firm conclusion we can come to is the importance of hedgerows as the 10 traps in the small field caught more than the 30 traps in the large field.

A hedgehog tunnel was also put out on Kenn Moor during the Small Mammal Survey. Lots of footprints but none of them clear enough to confidently identify.

Richard Croucher