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  • Blog Post: New Arne Webcam....easy ID test!

    Hooray....For any of you that got totally addicted to the Barn Owls on our Webcam, you can now sit and watch our new super sharp 'Feeder Cam'. This is a camera we have had set up outside the visitors centre for over a year now, but with the magic of technology we can stream live into your home...
  • Blog Post: Summer is over

    Summer is over? Well alot of the birds think so, already the southerly migration has started with birds leaving the south coast and the weather isn't too summery either. So all doom and gloom? Not at all, birds that have been relatively quiet raising young over the past months will start showing...
  • Blog Post: A Great Raptor Rehersal

    Next weekend is our annual 'Raptor Weekend'. This weekend was a great dress rehersal as it was raptor heaven both Saturday and Sunday. Two Osprey were again seen fishing in the Middlbere Channal, Hobby were seen hawking and hunting like fighter jets, a Pereragrine Falcon was seen harrasing some...
  • Blog Post: What a day to be outside...

    Lovely weather yesterday brought visitors to the reserve and the birds out to play in force. Marsh harrier seen both from Coombe heath and Shipstal, hen harrier down off Coombe along with 2 peregrine falcon. Tawny owl was in his tree in the carpark as usual. Kestrel, raven and buzzard were around...
  • Blog Post: Hello!

    Just a quick hello to you all, I’m the new Information Assistant at Arne replacing the lovely Sarah who is very lucky to be jetting off to Mauritius for the winter. I’ve spent my summer working on the osprey team at Loch Garten in the RSPB’s gorgeous Abernethy Forest but like the ospreys...
  • Blog Post: Winter welcome

    Osprey still keeping up appearences down on the middlebere channel with at least 2 seen a day this week. Ask in the visitor centre to be shown the carpark roosting tawny owl, you may get a cricked neck but seeing a owl during the day is always a fantastic and rare experience. Out on the water plenty...
  • Blog Post: The Changing face of Arne

    As the purple blanket disappears from the heathland and the days get shorter we start to lose some of the wonderful wildlife that has become so familiar over the past 6 months; the tiny carnivorous sundew plant on the damp heath withers away, the acrobatic hobby will soon be leaving us to head south...
  • Blog Post: Just another teaser.........

    Just because I like testing you lot, I thought I would upload another tricky migrant to ID. I have seen this species on the reserve twice over the last 3 weeks, but they certainly aren't a regular. Autumn is an interesting time as some birds look totally different this time of year, from when they...
  • Blog Post: It's about time

    Packed sightings board today, some really great wildlife encounters. Firecrest again seen throughout the day in the holly bushes around the carpark, but their number has risen to three. Plenty of the commoner goldcrest about too. The carpark tawny got a alot of attention today and its lovely that the...
  • Blog Post: Land ahoy

    My day was nicely split in to two parts today. This morning I was lucky enough to get a space on one of our RSPB Bird boats that leaves from Sandbanks. The theme was ‘Visible Migration’, and we were hoping to get good views of thrush’s, finches and wood Pigeons passing over the harbour...
  • Blog Post: Wet and Wild

    What a morning we had at Arne! The day after a glossy idis turned up at upton and our hopes were high. Then it rained....hard. The female sparrowhawk harried the little bird on the feeders and the bank vole family were scurrying around on the floor. The rain may have put off some of the visitors but...
  • Blog Post: Watching Wildlife is a Great Hobby!!

    Blimey! Three blog posts in one day but it has been an exciting day at Arne! Not only did I announce the winners of the 'Picture Arne' competition but it has been a good day for wildlife as well! Despite a bit of a ropey start the weather did improve a bit and there were some decent sightings...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch at Arne

    Well tonight we were very lucky to welcome Simon King to the reserve (or rather Simon King was very lucky to visit our amazing reserve), but we also had a bumper selection of half term visitors out to get close to nature. As we set out our moth trap again last night we were again able to show the public...
  • Blog Post: Welcome back

    Well after a week off I wasn't the only thing returning to the reserve today. Numbers of waders are slowly increasing; black tailed godwit, redshank, and curlew and some early arrivals by some keen greenshank and avocet as they settle into poole harbour once more. Plenty of butterfly activity...
  • Blog Post: Plane Skies and Spring Cleaning

    Planes across the south may be grounded, but the Arne skies were full with bird activity. Swallows and House Martins soared above the heathland, where the Northern variant of Willow Warbler was spotted amongst its more commoner conterparts. The reserves first Pied Flycatcher of the year put on a show...
  • Blog Post: Tawny's Back

    Two Tawny Owls were seen today; one down by the double decker hide early morning and in the car park visitors were delighted to find that the owl is back in it's roosting spot, after a two week absence. A Hobby was again seen on the reserve as was the female Marsh Harrier over the reedbeds. As...
  • Blog Post: Egg-citing Times!

    As Easter is nearly upon us I couldn't resist the title of today’s blog and we were thrilled to come into the centre on Wednesday to discover a third egg in our kestrel nest! Both male and female have been attentive with the male spend time turning the eggs and taking his turn in incubating...
  • Blog Post: Whats been about??

    The reserve has quietened down after our extremely busy and very successful pull a pine event a couple of weeks ago. We hade over 1000 visitors on the reserve all helping us to clear invasive pine trees from one of the heaths. It was great to see so many people getting involved so a big thanks you to...
  • Blog Post: Marsh Harrier and Marsh Tit

    Birding can be a confusing affair as far as some species are concerned. Take, for example the willow and marsh tits, these two species are incredibly difficult to tell apart. In Dorset, unfortunately, as we have no willow tits to speak of, it is a little easier to be sure which of the two you are looking...
  • Blog Post: They're Here !!!!

    Phew....The days are hot and muggy at the moment, and the evenings are mild and warm, which made it perfect Nightjar searching last night. A short walk around the Heaths at Arne last night produced just what I was looking for. I managed to locate 2 males churring away into the night as the sun set beautifuly...
  • Blog Post: Right place, right time.

    Sometimes when your out on the reserve, you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. On our wednesday Heathland amble yesterday we had a great walk despite the wind and rain. We started off with a reptile hunt and found 2 lovely female slow worms hiding under some tin, easily identified...
  • Blog Post: Oaks and Pines and Great grey shrike

    Well the weather is crisp, I've got my selection of wooly hats out and the log burner in the VC is working overdrive. In short, it's Winter! So it's time to turn the central heating on, stay indoors and watch some great Christmas tv. No, wait a minute....I mean it's time to wrap up...
  • Blog Post: The Variety Show Begins

    Some of you may remember that last Christmas our sightings board made it into the daily Echo because of the sheer number and variety of birds. Well today had that feeling of lots of birds in AMAZING numbers. Lets start with the car park....Firecrest x 3, large flocks of finches moving from the winter...
  • Blog Post: Winter and Spring smoothie 'Arne video diary 6'

    It’s an interesting time on the south coast, many summer migrants have already arrived; you may be lucky to see sandwich tern already in Poole harbour, diving into the water after a meal. Creatures that have been in hibernation are starting to emerge; white tipped bumblebee, honey bee and a variety...
  • Blog Post: Baby Barn Owl bullys

    With the Kestrels gone, and the Swallows just days (maybe hours) from fledging, there has been a lot of Barn Owl watching on the nest cameras today. The female tried at least 5 times to get some shut eye in the box with her young ones, but every time she tried she was physically bullied out of the box...