About the Valley Environment Wild Ouseburn Otters have been seen in the river, and in the summer the flash of blue is a kingfisher. Seeing the first duckling of the spring is an exciting moment and hearing the first chiff chaff call under the bridges. Watching the swans glide in on the tide and enjoying the flowers and fluffy seeds of the black poplar trees is part of our urban village and at night bats hunt along the river. In 2019 deer and foxes were seen too, the swans successfully raised their cygnets in full view, a little grebe was seen on the river. Every summer since 2006 Ouseburn Trust member and local academic Mike Jeffries has carried out a butterfly (and dragonfly) survey - here is the latest report Ouseburn Butterfly Report 2019 Mike also helped us create a summary of biodiversity in the valley Wild Intrigue run occasional mini expeditions in the area - and details of all the wildlife spotted on their 2019 bioblitz walk through the Valley are summarised here Urban Wilds of Ouseburn look out for more events this summer.