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  • Blog Post: Seasons greetings from Arne!

    Barmy temperatures aren’t making it feel particularly Christmassy at the moment but it’s now just around the corner! So firstly, happy Christmas from all of us at Arne. We hope to see lots of you over the Christmas period, the walks at Arne are particularly good for walking off the chocolate...
  • Blog Post: Winters here!

    It’s about time we gave you a little update on our recent sightings from Arne. The range of species being seen is strongly suggesting that winter is here. Ducks, Grebes and Divers are become a frequent sight from Shipstal Point. Goldeneye are becoming more numerous, as are Great Crested Grebe and...
  • Blog Post: November Rain...

    Temperatures remain ridiculously high for the season though this week we’ve had our fair share of rain. Hence why I’m in the office sheltering at the moment! But in spite of that, visitors have ventured out to Arne in the hope of a few exciting encounters. Raptors have again been creating...
  • Blog Post: A close encounter of the Egret type

    You may not have noticed but the British weather can sometimes be a little wet. Yesterday our intrepid volunteers in spite of the pouring raining led a select group of visitors out on our weekly ‘Discover Arne’ guided walk. We really hoped their valiant efforts would be worthwhile as rainy...
  • Blog Post: Dining for two??

    Firstly a quick update on recent sightings. Autumn migration is in full swing and there’s lots to be excited about here at Arne. The car parks been alive with the calls of Firecrest, even this morning in the rain and wind. Flocks of finches including Redpoll and Crossbill have been traveling overhead...
  • Blog Post: A few autumnal sightings

    Autumn is well and truly here! Days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler which means birds are on the move big time. Wader numbers are continuing grow with Black-tailed Godwit now the most numerous wader. There are probably over 800 around the Arne peninsular at the moment. Dunlin numbers are on the...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming events at Arne

    We’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of us here at Arne. Autumns a very exciting time to visit Arne. You never know what you’re going to see. Ospreys have been a real feature over the last week which bodes well for our... Raptor Weekend ! 5 th and 6 th September – 10am until 4pm ...
  • Blog Post: Busy times ahead...

    We’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of us here at Arne. Autumns a very exciting time to visit Arne. You never know what you’re going to see. Ospreys have been a real feature over the last week which bodes well for our... Raptor Weekend ! 5 th and 6 th September – 10am until 4pm ...
  • Blog Post: And their off!

    As the bird watching clock ticks onto Autumn, we’re beginning to see why at Arne is such a great reserve for not just our resident species. Over the last week or so Willow Warblers have been a prominent feature on our daily sightings board. This little yellow Warbler begins its migration at the...
  • 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...