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  • Blog Post: Is it Autumn already??

    Well, given today’s weather you’d be forgiven for thinking it is the middle of autumn. This weekend’s birds sightings are starting to suggest that the autumn migration is getting underway. Osprey is now becoming a regular fixture with Middlebeare channel being a favoured spot. Wader...
  • Blog Post: Barn Owls and Bugs

    So far July has been very productive for numbers of species recorded at the reserve. Birds are typically quiet still, most will have finished breeding by now and are getting stuck into moulting. This makes them very elusive which is probably a good thing as they aren’t going to be looking their...
  • Blog Post: Some amazing Arne pics!

    In our last blog we totally forgot to include these super pictures taken by some of our recent visitors to Arne, so apologies for that! First up we’ve got these superb Grass Snake pics from Abbey Louis. Not sure of the story but imagining a chase between the toad of the snake. We’ve...
  • Blog Post: More Moths...

    Without trying to sound like a broken record our moth and Butterfly themed blog posts must continue, as the temperatures have begun to rise as have the number of reports of Silver-studded Blues. Coombe Heath is by far the best place to encounter this pretty little butterfly. Our moth trap openings in...
  • Blog Post: Birds take a back seat....

    So June is well and truly upon us which means some of our non-avian friends are taking the lime light away from the likes of the Dartford Warblers and the Spoonbills. Our moth traps have been particularly interesting with some notable and very welcome visitors. Lots of wildlife migrates and moths are...
  • Blog Post: The Weekends Wildlife

    A lot has happened over the weekend at Arne. Firstly our Barn Owl eggs have cracked on and two more have hatched. Three more to go for a full house or should that be nest box. This blurry picture gives you an idea of what’s going on but you’ll have to pop into the hut for a better view! ...
  • Blog Post: Cracking times at Arne

    Hello everybody! Hopefully you’ve all been enjoying the glorious weather and extended weekend. Once again the prolonged sunshine has been bringing the visitors in their droves to Arne, all intent on sampling the fantastic scenery and nature that Arne has to offer. One of the more recent highlights...
  • Blog Post: Bank Holiday Weekend at Arne

    It's time for our reptile weekend at Arne! Join us on Saturday and Sunday 23/24th between 1-4pm to drop in and meet some of the reptiles that call Arne home. Sand lizards, common lizards, smooth snakes, grass snakes, adder and slow worm all live here and have been spotted by some lucky members of...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready for summer on our reserves

    Large areas of the Arne reserve are managed by grazing which helps keep the vegetation under control to create ideal habitats for wildlife. Much of the Estates Team’s work over the last few weeks has therefore involved making sure that our fences and gates were in good condition before the cattle...
  • Blog Post: Yet more reasons to come to Arne!

    May is an amazing month to visit Arne. Our last blog highlighted some of the great birds that are around at the moment plus some of our non-avian highlights. If those weren’t enough to get you hot footing it to Arne then we’ve also got some great events happening over the next few weeks which...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 11/05/15

    Hi there everyone! So after a busy bank holiday weekend at Arne the sightings have been rolling in! Everything ranging from Marsh Harriers to Spotted Flycatchers, Sand Lizards to Wall Browns have been observed between Shipstal Point and Coombe Heath, making it a perfect experience for anyone visiting...
  • Blog Post: Survey season has begun.

    With the excellent weather we have had over the past two weeks, now is the time for the Spring/ Summer surveying to commence. This is an exciting time with increasing wildlife sightings around the reserves. Due to the lovely sunshine that late April has brought, reptiles are increasingly being spotted...
  • Blog Post: Buzzards are back!!

    It’s been a little while since we last updated you with our Arne sightings so here goes. Things have started to liven up with plenty of bird song in the air. Spring visitors in the form of Chiffchaffs have started popping up. We have had wintering individuals on site but there’s been an obvious...
  • Blog Post: Signs of Spring??

    Great sightings are still coming in thick and fast from recent visitors to Arne. Plenty of birds are now starting to sing which is a very encouraging sign. Winters starting to get a little old now... Around the car park Great Spotted Woodpeckers are drumming, Stock Doves are wooing away and Jackdaws...
  • Blog Post: An evening with Raptors...

    Regular visitors to Arne will know that birds of prey are a major spectacle during the winter at Arne. Marsh Harriers and Hen Harriers are on the top of the list. Harriers have a tendency to roost communally which, if you’re lucky enough to witness, is a superb sight! This is why we are offering...
  • Blog Post: Promising dress rehearsal from our Raptors!

    Just a quick update just before our winter Raptor Weekend kicks off tomorrow. Thankfully the raptors must be aware of it as today we’ve seen 2 Hen Harrier and a Merlin on the reserve. Hopefully they’ll stick around for the weekend! Aside from the raptors, the waders are still providing the...
  • Blog Post: Arne Autumn Arrivals

    As the temperature is finally starting to drop, the familiar Autumn colours are starting to show which is wonderful to see. At Arne over the past few weeks we have seen large numbers of avocets , brent geese and lapwing moving in, as well as the spoonbills which many people have come to see after their...
  • Blog Post: Get your hands dirty for nature

    Hi I'm Stewart one of the RSPB Dorset Wardens, I'm responsible for the practical management of our 9 fantastic Dorset reserves. As you can imagine we have our hands full. On Sunday 2nd November we're holding one of our first practical volunteering days at RSPB Arne; our 'Heathland...
  • Blog Post: A Cutlery of Spoonbills?

    Spoonbills have become a regular feature at Arne in the colder months but this year has been exceptional. A British record flock of 49 is currently in the harbour! Being very social birds they are spending much of the time as a large flock but also split into smaller flocks. We had at least 5 birds spend...
  • Blog Post: An Autumn Change

    Autumn is always an interesting time at Arne. It’s the time when we say goodbye to our summer visiting birds and welcome back our over-wintering birds from the north. This Autumn has been excellent for osprey sightings. This tends to be the last week in the year that they are seen; the latest sighting...
  • Blog Post: Osprey Spectacular

    Last weekend was our Raptor Weekend which was very successful. Over the course of the weekend we saw the seven species of birds of prey that we were looking for, including: osprey , peregrine , marsh harrier , buzzard , hobby , kestrel and sparrowhawk . On Saturday morning, an osprey was seen perched...
  • Blog Post: Raptor Weekend Sat 6th & Sun 7th September

    Next weekend is Raptor Weekend here at Arne! We will be having viewpoints manned by volunteers and staff in the most likely spots for seeing birds of prey. Its fun for all the family as we will also have a trail for children to follow with prizes if they get all of the answers! Over the last couple...
  • Blog Post: The Beast of Coombe Heath

    It’s been another fantastic summer so far, which has been of great benefit to wildlife on the reserve. The favourable conditions have been great for breeding birds in particular, with nests being spotted all over the reserve including successful robin , green woodpecker and goldfinch nests on the...
  • Blog Post: 'Bags' of Wildlife!!

    Hello everyone! I am Lauren the new Information Assistant here at Arne! I am very excited to spend the rest of the year on this incredible reserve. Last weekend was our second Reptile Weekend of the year, which was a great success. We had 4 show and tells on each day over the weekend. We were showing...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to our owl-cam

    Welcome to our barn owl box! Complete with infra red for night-time viewing, this can be accessed here As I mentioned yesterday, because our buzzards have all successfully fledged we have changed the live feed to the barn owl box. Those of you who have visited Arne in the past few months may have...