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Glaslyn osprey diary Follow the fortunes of a pair of ospreys breeding near Porthmadog in north Wales. 209
Symonds Yat - Raptors on the Rock Find out what's been going on at the watchpoint at Symonds Yat 45
  • Fairburn Ings

    Fairburn's New Warden Intern

    Hello. My name is Jonny Holt and I am the new warden intern at Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve. I have previously spent six (very sunny) months at Blacktoft Sands, on the Humber Estuary. With its vast reedbeds and salt marshes Blacktotfts is a spectacularly...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Works on Wennington

    Hi everyone, To ensure a nature reserve good for wildlife a lot of work goes into habitat work . We can't just leave the land - succession would take over and woodland would take over (woodland is great, but not for all wildlife. We need a variety...
  • Blacktoft Sands

    Eyes To The Skies

    What a contrast from yesterdays gales, the weather this morning was cool and clear with the resultant rush of visible migration over the reserve as many species made the most of the suitable conditions. Not many thrushes just a couple of redwings and...
  • Arne

    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...
  • Frampton Marsh

    Fiendish Fun at Frampton

    There is a week of half-term holiday Halloween hi-jinks with the RSPB at their Frampton Marsh site, and they are dying to see you! Starting on Friday 24 October and running every day through the holiday, you can follow a spooktacular treasure trail...
  • Pulborough Brooks

    Nature trail closed until 9.30 am on Thursday

    The nature trail will be closed tomorrow morning (Thursday 23 October) until the visitor centre opens at 9.30 am. The closure is in place to enable us to safely complete essential management work on the reserve. You can still access the wooded heathland...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Check them 'shanks...

    Our Redshanks are starting to come back from their Icelandic breeding grounds (our breeding birds have already moved south) and about 120 are now commuting between feeding on the mud in Aveley Bay and on the Kent side between the Darenth Barrier and Erith...
  • Campfield Marsh

    An early Autumn Miscellany

    2nd September. A flat calm estuary with Shelduck out on the mudflats . Good to see so many Bumblebees amongst the clover planted partly as a green manure and partly as an end of the season seed crop for birds. 4th September. Another...
  • Rye Meads

    VISMIG - Sunday's results

    Sunday's VISMIG was very rewarding and worth the effort of getting up so early! After a wet start on waking, clear skies and a warm sun were waiting for me when I reached Rye Meads. I was joined by Toby and Jan from the Rye Meads Ringing group and...
  • Lochwinnoch

    Recent sightings 3 – 20 October by Claire Martin

    Winter is definitely approaching at the reserve, and with all the recent rain the ducks are enjoying the newly flooded channels. Sightings of a Slavonian grebe on the Barr Loch on the 15 & 17 October have bumped our year list up to 119 species. ...
  • Rye Meads

    RYE MEADS IS BACK ON LINE

    Hello everyone. We are back on line at last. Tweeting will recommence on Friday. Looking forward to hearing from you all. Cheers Caroline
  • Loch Garten osprey diary

    The redwings have landed!

    The reserve is alive with the flitting and fluttering of winter thrush flocks, roving the forest and gleaning up the last of the berry crop. Mistle thrush, fieldfares and redwings have descended upon us in their thousands and the forest is a buzzing hub...
  • Dee Estuary

    Wilde about Harry

    Meet Harry the hen harrier . He is currently on the decking outside our reception building. Harry is the wonderful creation of Findlay Wilde, aged 12 from Cheshire, and his father for their village scarecrow festival earlier this year. He is made from...
  • Lakenheath Fen

    21 October recent sightings: Busy times

    Good afternoon. It has all been a bit mad here recently with Sunday's Race for Wildlife. However, there is still plenty to see and I some pictures that were taken from and around Mere Hide at the end of last week: Some lovely shots of kingfishers...
  • Frampton Marsh

    Guest Blog - Black-tailed godwit colour ring sightings by Robert Pell

    A few weeks one ago of our regular visitors, Robert, sent through an incredible excel spreadsheet detailing the dates and times of 150 colour ringed black-tailed godwits seen at Frampton Marsh. Not only are they records of birds seen here but their whole...
  • Forsinard Flows

    Going Batty at Forsinard

    We have 18 different species of bat found in the UK. And only 9 of which live in Scotland. And up North where we are at Forsinard, even fewer! This is because the climate is colder up here with wetter cooler weather, we have shorter nights in the summer...
  • Titchwell Marsh

    Mind the Hornets

    September has been another good month largely because of our moth traps. Somehow I got persuaded into doing this weekly event, but I must say it has been most enjoyable, despite on average catching four hornets each week. They seem to be more docile than...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Hurricane Gonzalo is whipping things up

    The tail end of this Atlantic storm is currently thrashing parts of Britain and the Thames basin is getting a taster at the moment with a howling westerly sweeping down the river, raising white horses and sending a shimmer of spray through the air. Some...
  • Newport Wetlands

    There really are otters here

    Wildlife sightings October 13th to 20th It really is true: what I am about to tell you are real accounts of what has happened here at Newport Wetlands. A very common question we are asked is “Are there any otters here?” to which the...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Woodland closed today...

    Morning everyone , The woodland will be closed today due to the high winds. Picture by Jodie Randall (rspb-images.com) The trails and hides are open - but you can't do a full circuit, you'll have to turn back at the Ken Barrett hide...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Rampaging Ron...

    Lots of Ron Weasel activity at the moment with frequent visitor encounters with our feisty mustilid friend. The Boardwalks seem to be the best place to catch up with him but watch out because Sid Stoat is also on the prowl.... (Michael Jones) ...
  • Dearne Valley

    Monday and the Sightings from Old Moor....

    Hello, I haven't seen the book today so the sightings are taken solely from the Barnsley Birders via Twitter (@Barnsleybsg). This evening - a barn owl, a peregrine and 7 black tailed godwits. This afternoon on Wath Ings there was a jack snipe...
  • Marazion Marsh

    Willow bashing and reed cutting begins

    The volunteers have made a great start on the winter habitat work. Last Tuesday, we entered Longrock Pool by boat and cleared the edge of the reedbed to create loathing platforms for the birds. Volunteers also made a good progress removing the willow...
  • Dungeness

    Cattle be an Egret

    Could it be a cattle egret in amongst….the cattle? On the 1 st of October to everyone’s excitement, a cattle egret was sighted in the Boulderwall Fields in and amongst the cows (what a shocker). Since then, it has been seen every day....
  • Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve - Blog

    Recent Sightings – 8th to 20th October 2014

    The Juvenile Spoonbill continued to frequent the harbour most likely being observed on Tern Island or in the centre of the harbour at high tide and was still present at the time of writing. An extra splash of colour was seen on Ferry Pool when a Ruddy...