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  • Blacktoft Sands

    A Mediterranean summer sizzles hotter and hotter

    Phew its certainly getting warmer and warmer at the moment and its going to be an interesting afternoon as the farrier and vet attempt to trim the lads (konik ponies) hooves this afternoon . With all the horse flies about they are not in the best of temperaments...
  • Mull of Galloway - Blog

    Chick flick

    At the Mull of Galloway we are looking forward to the arrival of our kittiwake chicks over the next few days, many of which will be viewable on the screens in the visitor centre thanks to our remote cameras on the cliffs. Kittiwake with chick -...
  • Dearne Valley

    Ice Cream and Sightings, 29 June.

    Hi Folks! With the forecast heatwave building nicely and some very welcome sunshine, there was a languid atmosphere today at Old Moor. Rather than bustle from hide to hide, visitors stopped to chat and the main topic was this ‘beautiful day’...
  • Mersehead

    What happens at Mersehead at 5am

    Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of an early morning. So at 5 to 6 in the morning - an hour late - I fell out of bed, donned my beloved bobble hat and peddled up the road to the Media hide to join in this week’s Bird Ringing survey...
  • Saltholme

    Weekend Pictures, 27 June

    The dry weather continues which is good for spotting Damselflies. Lockhart saw this Common Blue on Saturday. The last two segments on the abdomen - that is segments 8 & 9 - are both blue and there is a black circle on segment 2 confirming that...
  • Otmoor

    The Black hairstreak

    Sometimes, we can all be forgiven for focusing on the birds at Otmoor, however, the site is important for a number of other things aswell... Here on Otmoor we are lucky enough to have one of Britain's rarest butterflies in resident, the Black hairstreak...
  • Blacktoft Sands

    Montagu's simply stunning

    The last few say days have yet again seen some excellent birding on site especially the Montagu's pair which have just been putting on an incredible show as they rev up to feed their growing brood of young. The female during the day is at times patrolling...
  • Fairburn Ings

    Have you seen the avocet chicks yet?

    If you’ve visited us in the past couple of weeks chances are you’ll have been treated to some wonderful views of avocets and their chicks (and you’ll know how excited we all are about it!). Avocet chicks are completely adorable; tiny...
  • Lakenheath Fen

    29 June recent sightings: A bug's life

    Good morning! The recent warm weather has encouraged plenty of funky looking insects to get out exploring the reserve. Thank you very much to Simon Jeffs for sharing the below pictures that he took here and at Weeting Heath NWT reserve . Most of these...
  • Islay - Blog

    Moths and Egrets

    An exciting week last week with a Great White Egret at Loch Gruinart hide on Wednesday. The magnificent bird stayed for the whole afternoon - much to the annoyance of all the taunting lapwings!! There were also reports of beeaters at Port Charlotte...
  • Langford Lowfields

    Langford this week....

    It's been great in the last couple of weeks or so to see the first juvenile birds around the site, after such a slow start to the spring I certainly think it's rather late to be seeing the first young of some species. So far the list includes...
  • Blacktoft Sands

    Saving Europe's birds and other spectacular wildlife

    You will off course from reading my many previous blogs all know by now about Blacktoft's teams efforts to try and help save a whole host of wetland birds along the whole Humber and beyond! This includes our current endangered star attraction the...
  • Dearne Valley

    Bugs and Roses - Sightings, 28 June.

    Hi Folks! Well, it turned out warm and sunny in the end just as predicted by those nice people at the Met Office. As I left Old Moor this afternoon, the car park was just filling nicely and it was heartening to see so many people enjoying the sights....
  • Lake Vyrnwy

    Future Secured!

    Recently we have had reason to celebrate and think to the future, as RSPB Cymru and Severn Trent Water have come to an agreement which sees the RSPB take on a long term Farm Business Tenancy lease of Tŷ-Llwyd farm. Full story can be read HERE . ...
  • Campfield Marsh

    A mid-summer walk, 23rd June

    It had dawned a bright sunny day – perfect for a walk around the Red Route. So starting out through the Discovery field which Stephen had recently mown a wide track through. We were amazed at the number of different flowers now coming up in the...
  • Dee Estuary

    Sat 27th June 2015 - Todays highlights

    Common lizard by Helen B Green woodpecker - 2 in car park Cuckoo - 1 on fence Spotted redshank - 2 on scrape Greenshank - 2 on scrape Common tern - 2 fishing over pools Black-tailed godwit - 100+ on scrape Also seen on reserve...
  • Dearne Valley

    Great Day!

    Hello again, I've had a lovely long visit to Old Moor today. When I arrived it was a bit chilly, when I left I needed a bit of air con in my car! I started off by going down to the reedbeds and around the ponds I soon started to see dragonflies...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Art in the Purfleet Hide : Gary Lever 28 June - 4th July 2015

  • Radipole Lake

    Second Brown Bee Orchid found at Radipole Lake

    I went out on the reserve this afternoon to check on the progress of the first Brown Bee Orchid to make its appearance this year. Another flower was in bloom. The plant had clearly had many visitors since I first found it as the area had been trampled...
  • Coombes & Churnet Valley

    Foamy Fun

    If you’ve spent much time outdoors exploring the woods and the fields at this time of year then you’ve probably come across this foamy substance. Cuckoo spit - Chris Calow Have you ever actually taken the time to stop and examine...
  • Dee Estuary

    Friday 26th June 2015 - Todays highlights

    Greenshank - 1 on scrape Spotted redshank - 2 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Cuckoo - flying around Marsh Covert Common tern - 2 on scrape Hobby - flying over Teal with 9 ducklings Also seen on reserve - Bee orchids - 148 spikes...
  • Frampton Marsh

    Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore recent sightings 12-25 June 2015

    Before we start I must throw out a word of caution. There will be access restrictions in Boston over the weekend that will put big diversions on for anyone coming from the south and going to Freiston, or anyone from the north going to Frampton. More details...
  • Dearne Valley

    The Sightings, 26th June

    Hello, here are the sightings from the book from today at Old Moor. On the Wader Scrape we had sightings of 6 avocet & chicks, 4 oystercatchers, lesser BB guls + chicks and a redshank. Reed warblers were seen from the reedbed hide . There's...
  • Titchwell Marsh

    June 26th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Common sandpiper - 1 on Patsy's reedbed Avocet - 185 on fresh marsh Med gull - 1 east Spoonbill - 6 roosting on fresh marsh Black tailed godwit - 315 on fresh marsh Ruff - 2 on fresh marsh Wigeon - 2 on fresh marsh Little ringed...
  • Exe Estuary

    Up, up, and not quite away

    After three weeks I know you will all be desperate to hear news of the reserve (apologies for the delay!) needless to say, we have been busy as usual. Over the last weeks we have spent a fair amount of time at Labrador Bay, tidying up paths and pulling...