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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: New live feed coming soon...

    As our buzzard chicks have all now successfully fledged and don't seem to want to return to the nest, we are in the process of swapping over our live feed. All being well, we'll have a live streaming of our barn owl box starting tomorrow. A few checks are being made tonight to ensure all is well...
  • Blog Post: Bugs and beasties

    Its been a busy couple of weeks here at Arne. Our buzzard chicks have now all successfully fledged, and we’ve had occasional sightings of a family of 5 flying round – which may or may not be them! Its brilliant to have had such success, but its always a bit sad to be left looking at the...
  • Blog Post: A move across the border!!

    After over three years as the information officer at Arne it is time for me to say farewell for the time being. Last week I started an 8 month secondment on the Somerset Levels as the Wetlands Community officer for the Great Crane Project. This is a joint project between RSPB, WWT, Pensthorpe Conservation...
  • Blog Post: Growing...Going...Gone!

    It has been a fantastic year for nest cams at Arne, with the 4 live cams in the visitor centre giving visitors a great insight into nesting behaviour. The buzzards (which you can follow live online) have been very successful, with the parents bringing in regular food for the 3 chicks. Two chicks hatched...
  • Blog Post: We have ourselves TWO buzzard chicks!

    Exciting news - our first two buzzard chicks have hatched! You can watch the buzzard camera live here A still taken from the live camera about half an hour before the second chick started to hatch! As yet, the kestrel and barn owl are still sitting on eggs, and the blue tit chicks, now a week old...
  • Blog Post: New life - first nest cam eggs hatch!

    Following on from Laura’s blog about our live nest cams – we have our first chicks! We came in this morning to five blue tit chicks with more eggs to hatch. It’s a little bit difficult to get a view of how many eggs there were but we estimate around 8. The parents have been feeding...
  • Blog Post: Pictures as promised

    Buzzard with 3 eggs (taken from the screen in the visitor but by me) To watch her live click here Female kestrel incubating (taken from the screen in the visitor hut by me) Blue tit box (taken from the screen in the visitor hut by me) Barn owl pair (taken from the screen in the visitor hut...
  • Blog Post: Easter Eggs

    This year it’s all happening on the live cameras! The buzzard camera is streaming live on our website, and you can watch it from here . The female does most of the incubation and is currently sitting on 3 eggs, which is the usual number for buzzards. As Michael mentioned in his last blog, the...
  • Blog Post: Buzzards - Life in the nest 2014

    Three years ago we set up a camera on a buzzards nest out on the heath and have been waiting patiently ever since for them but it looks like it is third year lucky! All though a pair of buzzards have visited the nest every year and added new material they have never settled before but this year we have...
  • Blog Post: Easter Fun at Arne!

    The Easter Holidays are upon us and if you are looking for somewhere to bring the kids then Arne is the perfect place for a great family walk. Over the holidays we have got two family trails to choose from. The first is 'Whose baby is it'. As spring is a time for new life around the reserve...
  • Blog Post: You say goodbye, I say hello.

    It’s been a fantastic start to spring, which is a huge contrast to this time last year. We have seen the arrival of migrant birds much earlier than last year. On Sunday the first cuckoo of spring arrived at Arne and was seen and heard throughout the day at Arne Farm. This is over 2 weeks earlier...
  • Blog Post: Visitors!

    As well as the visitors you would expect at Arne, we’ve been getting a bit more variety to the hut in the last week or so... Yesterday we had a bit of a surprise on opening up our seed bin in order to fill up the feeders; it really makes you jump when you pick up the cup and there is a small...
  • Blog Post: Tigers are on the Prowl!

    So we have been keeping our fingers crossed for spring over the last couple of weeks and this weekend it certainly arrived with a bang. It was that warm that I was working in a T-shirt today! We have been seeing a few butterflies recently and today they were out in force! Peacocks , red admirals , small...
  • Blog Post: 'Thats Reptile Hunting For You!' with the BBC

    Arne has had it's fair share of TV appearances over the years and the latest was a five minute slot on yesterdays 'Escape to the Country' on BBC one. A film crew came last May and I took them around the heath looking for reptiles (primarily smooth snakes). Having film crews with you can be...
  • Blog Post: Is Spring here already?? (fingers crossed)!

    After a long run of pretty fierce weather we have been enjoying a slightly more settled period at Arne. The reserve team have been working hard to clear up the trees that came down during the storms a couple of weeks ago and we have even started to get some sunny days! As Laura said a couple of weeks...
  • Blog Post: ARNE IS OPEN AGAIN!!!

    Im a delighted to say that after a couple of trick days the reserve is back up and running again. After the gales on friday night we had several large trees come down over the reserve including the beech tree that completely closed the car park. Part of the Dorset team worked over the weekend to make...