Grimley Wetlands

Scientists and farmers, and others have all been arguing about the definition of a wetland for more than five decades. In fact there are over 50 definitions of a wetland. The most accepted definition says that wetlands are ecosystem that either have shallow water standing above soil or have a soil saturated with water for periods of time. Sometimes a wetland can dry out for a period of time.   Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil or is present either near the surface of the soil all year or for varying periods of time during the year including during the growing season.  The wetland in Grimley is man-made and developed after the mining of gravel was exhausted in the quarry.


Class 3/4 visited the Wetlands and were amazed at the variety and abundance of living things they found.











They found similar insects that in our school pond.  Take a look.












Birds spotted in Grimley

Mallards, Mandarins, Oyster Catchers, Stock Doves, Great Crested Grebes, Mute Swans, Pigeons, Black Birds and Jays are common in Grimley. If you want to take pictures of animals go to the wetland area because there are lots of birds and wildlife.  What can you see? All of these birds have been spotted in the last 18 months in Grimley according to the article in the Parish Magazine.

barn-owlBarn Owl

Scientific name: Tyto alba
Bird Family: Owls
UK conservation status: Green
Protected by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
What they eat: Mice, Voles, Shrews and Large mammals and small birds.
Measurements: Population:
Length: 33-39cm UK Breeding : 1000 pairs
Wingspan:80-95cm Europe:110-220,000 pairs
Weight: 250-50g


Scientific name: Garrulus Glandarius
Bird family: Crows
UK conservation status: Green
Protected by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
What they eat: Mainly acorns, nuts, seeds and insect.
Measurements: Length: 34-35cm Wingspan: 52-58cm Weight: 140-190g
Population: UK Breeding: 170,000 territories


Scientific name: Aix Galericulata
Bird Family: Ducks, Geese and Swans
UK conservation status: Introduced
Protected by The Wildlife and Country Side Act 198.
They were introduced to the UK from China.
What they eat: Insects, vegetation and seeds.
Measurements Length: 41-49cm Wingspan: 68-74cm Weight: 430-690g
Population: UK Breeding: 2,300 pairs. UK Wintering 7000 birds.

green-sandpiperGreen Sandpiper

Scientific Name: Phylloscopus Trochilus
Bird Family: Warblers
UK conservation status: Amber
Protected by The Wildlife Countryside Act 1981.
What they eat: Insects, Spiders, Fruit and Berries.
Measurements: Length: 10.5-11.5 cm Wingspan: 16-22cm Weight: 7-12g
Population: UK Breeding: 2,400,000

black-tailed-godwitBlack-tail Godwit

Length: 40-44cm
Wingspan: 70-82cm
UK breeding: 54-57 pairs
UK Wintering:4, 400 pairs

Length: 16-20cm
Wingspan: 40-42cm
Weight: 40-50g
UK breeding:9,600 pair
UK wintering: 350, 000 birds

yellow-hammerYellow Hammer
Scientific name: Emberiza citrinella
Bird family: Buntings
UK conservation status: Red
Protected by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
What they eat: Seeds and insects.
Measurements: Length: 16-16.5cm Wingspan: 23-29.5cm Weight: 25-36g
Population: UK Breeding: 700,000 territories

Ofsted Outstanding 3D

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