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Barn Storming Day for Go Wild at Drove
Go Wild at Drove saw it’s second year hailed an even bigger success with loads to do and see at Drove Orchards. Volunteers from the Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association were on hand to ring visitors to the event, giving out details of birds caught at Drove over the last 7 years, and some of the amazing journeys they have made, together with goody bags which included freshly picked apples from the orchard. There were also moths, caterpillars, and a wide range of real wildlife objects from Drove all on display. The day included two wildlife walks, a tour of the orchard led by owner Andrew Jamieson, the inspection of two moths traps and a series of activities in the barn for kids and families.

A moth trap from the reedbed is emptied
A total of 36 species of birds, 43 species of moths, 11 species of butterfly and 5 species of dragonfly were recorded at Drove during the day, the highlight being a rare Tissue moth caught in the reedbeds on the north side of the estate. Good birds recorded on the day included a Great White Egret, Grasshopper Warbler and Crossbill.

Orchard owner Andrew Jamieson explains the different varieties on the orchard walk

The event was very well attended and we would like to thank everyone for coming to take part and find out more about the wonderful wildlife at Drove Orchards. We look forward to repeating the event next year!

Tissue moth caught at Drove on August 5th - photo by Guy Barker