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  • Blog Post: An Indian summer?

    As summer comes to a close the reserves wildlife’s starting hot up! There’s no doubt that this time of year most of the attention goes to the Ospreys. In the last week we’ve had up to 5 around the Arne peninsular with the area off Coombe Heath (Middlebere) being by far the best spot...
  • Blog Post: The Suns bringing out the wildlife!

    There’s lots to catch up on since our last blog. Continuing the theme from last time, moths are building in numbers and the trap is being run most night. Do pop into the hut first thing in the mornings to see what we’ve caught. Morning visits are being quite productive at the moment with...
  • Blog Post: Moth season is here!

    Exciting times here at Arne as finally, after the clear and crisp nights of the winter months, humidity and clouds have returned once again to our night skies. This means one thing and one thing only... Moths! The traps have been dusted off, bulbs replaced where needed, and dodgy electrics ignored by...
  • Blog Post: April Showers

    So April is here and so are the birds! As are April showers which have soaked a few people out of the reserve today but it's worth the effort! The last couple of days has seen the return of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps which are now joining Chiffchaffs and Swallows which have been building up over...
  • Blog Post: What a Good Friday!!

    Who’d have thought I’d be in the office on Easter Saturday writing a blog... It should be lovely and sunny with Arne bustling with enthusiastic visitors spotting all the signs of spring. Well, that’s exactly what happened yesterday! It was a stunning day and provided everyone with...
  • Blog Post: It's OPEN!!

    It’s been one of the, if not the major talking point of probably the past year at Arne... Therefore I’m very pleased to say that our new shop and café has opened its doors to visitors for the first time today and it’s gone down a storm. There’s been an overwhelmingly positive...
  • Blog Post: March so far.

    March is upon us and the days are starting to appear more spring like, however, we’ve just had some sleet at Arne! Snow is pretty unusual at Arne so sleet is just as exciting for us here. Bit sad really... So on with some sightings. Some winter visitors have already departed with other species...
  • Blog Post: Close encounters of the vole kind.

    The weather has remained somewhat up and down since the last sightings blog during our Big Garden Birdwatch, which we hope you’ve now submitted your results! This week has seen some rather stunning wintery mornings at Arne with frost covering the gorse and heather which is in stark contrast to...
  • 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...