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...
5th and 6th September – 10am until 4pm
We’ll be opening up viewpoints at the best raptor watching spots at Arne to help you get some amazing views of these magnificent birds. Ospreys will be the main focus but Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Kestrels, Buzzards and Sparrowhawks will all feature providing everyone crosses fingers etc. Just come along and enjoy! No need to book and it’s free.
Next up is our 50th Anniversary celebration! We’ve mentioned a few times already that it’s our golden anniversary and this event will be a fine way to celebrate.
19th September, 11am until 3pm
We'll join an RSPB warden to find out how Arne has changed over the years and what the RSPB has done to make Arne a perfect home for some very special wildlife. We'll also aim to show you Arne star species such as Osprey and Dartford Warbler plus anything else we can find. On-route we'll also chat to experts about different aspects of the nature reserve from its rich insect life to the day to day management that keeps the site in top condition.
After the walk join us for a toast to another 50 years with the RSPB's Director of Conservation, Martin Harper. There will even be a buffet and birthday cake.
There are only 50 places available for this event therefore booking is essential. Cost is £20 per person and includes drinks, buffet and some birthday cake!
Ring us on 01929 553360 to nab a place.
Also, don’t forget that our Discover Arne walks kick off again next Wednesday. The first few walks of the autumn should be amazing. Meet us at the visitor hut at 10am and enjoy!
Over and out for now.
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 end of July weighing in at around 10 grams. It’s amazing to think that it’s heading for rich wintering grounds south of the Sahara desert! They can be very vocal at times so next time you are on the reserve listen out for their Hooo-eeeet calls as they forage for bugs and insects. Another migrant which popped up this week was Pied Flycatcher. Although at times they can be numerous in migration hotspots such as Portland Bill or Durlston Country Park, Arne isn’t as well known for its passage migrants, so when a Second bird was seen later in the week it was a big surprise to us all!
A Willow Warbler.
One of the Pied Flycatchers refusing to look at the camera on a very rainy day!
Summer Holiday Events!
The summer holiday events are fully underway now with Wednesday bug hunts proving quite a hit, why don’t you come along and join us? It’s completely free to join in and a really good way to spend a couple of hours on our beautiful reserve, we’ll even go out if it’s raining!
More info here. http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-400794