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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
  • Dearne Valley

    Wednesday 16th April and the sun still shines

    Another beautiful warm April day in the Dearne Valley today. Just a quick catchup from yesterday first as we had a cuckoo reported from Adwick Washlands after I'd written the sightings blog. Todays sightings starting from the garden hide chaffinch...
  • Lakenheath Fen

    Boom! Fighting talk

    Last week we carried out our second booming bittern survey, to work out how many male birds we have on site. I’ll immediately pass on the amazing news that we recorded seven males across the reserve, which equals the reserve record from 2011. We...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Emperor and Empress

    Laurie and Val Bigg stumbled across a pair of mating Emperor moths this afternoon near the brambles just past the Shooting Butts Hide. Coming so soon after the huge female that I caught on Friday night, it is a good sign that we will soon be finding...
  • Hayle Estuary

    Spring clean

    The volunteers and I will be working at Ryan's Field for the next couple of weeks to give the hide and other furniture a fresh lick of paint and to fill in the major potholes in the car park. We are always looking for extra volunteers to help out...
  • New Volunteer Reserve Guardian for Marazion Marsh

    George's blog

    The weather is glorious as the Easter weekend approaches and the wildlife on the marsh seems to be responding to the increase in temperature. A variety of plant life has burst into life, lit up in the spring sunshine, while young rabbits an iconic Easter...
  • Fairburn Ings

    Somethings changing round here...

    It’s been a beautiful week here at Fairburn Ings with plenty of new sightings to talk about! I having been lucky this week to attend our first ‘meet the moths’ and ‘mini-beast safari’ session and despite the wind we still...
  • Ramsey Island and Grassholm

    Hibernaculum – A winter home for Ramsey’s newts

    Ramsey has several shallow ponds in acid rich soils. They are nationally important for some of the UK’s rarest aquatic plants but some are also full of newts. There are no frogs or toads on the island, but the Newts represents the amphibians here...
  • Northward Hill

    Furry friends at Northward Hill

    Local photographer and wildlife enthusiast Tony Peake has kindly shared his recent photos with us, from his visit to Northward Hill at the weekend. This is my favourite...
  • Islay - Blog

    Corncrake time

    Last night our long term volunteer Mandy was out walking on the reserve and heard the first corncrake of 2014! Possibly the first for Argyll this year. Yesterday in the Woodland trail the willow warblers were out in force singing their hearts out, and...
  • Broadwater Warren

    Would you like to see a Dormouse?

    If you liked the photos in my last blog and would like the chance to see a dormouse and take some photos of your own, why not join us on our Sleepy Dormouse Hunt on Sunday 25 May. Full details are in the list of events on this webpage
  • Leighton Moss

    Garganeys galore!

    We hope you’ve been enjoying the gorgeous weather – it’s been cracking the flags here at Leighton Moss! There have been some fantastic newcomers to the site this week, hoping to get their fill of spring sunshine. Two garganeys arrived...
  • The Lodge

    Cuckoo calling

    Less then half an hour after writing yesterday's blog and mentioning that the first cuckoo of the spring would turn up any day - it did! One was heard calling on the new heath and then along Sandy Ridge- a most welcome sound! Image credit, RSPB...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Almost there I reckon...

    We are still hopeful that our pair of Kingfishers that are nesting outside the Marshland Discovery Zone are still incubating. The signs are good and Tom Bell has been a star in keeping an eye on these special birds. He has spent every available day...
  • Rainham Marshes

    A flurry of blanc derrieres!

    I like Wheaters. .. still have not seen a good one this year and therefore a bit jealous of the five birds along the river wall this morning! The males are so dapper in their bandit masks and apricot flushes with bold upright postures. Hopefully they...
  • Saltholme

    Embrace Spring at Saltholme

    The reserve is building up momentum as a range of birds are returning from further afield for the spring and summer breeding months. These willow catkins were blossoming last week - The migrant birds which stay and also the migrant birds that pass...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Still reeling away

    The Grasshopper Warbler has been reeling again on and off today and a second bird has also been heard down by the turnstile gate up onto the river wall. This is another traditional spot for this elusive species so may be worth a bit of time to see if...
  • Rainham Marshes

    More early insects.....

    Perhaps it was not overly surprising that the first Hairy Hawker of the year was found, newly emerged by Jerry Hoare this afternoon. What with some butterflies and moths being on the wing over a month early too it makes you wonder what else this slightly...
  • Broadwater Warren

    Wildlife on the reserve doesn't get much better than this

    Spent an hour walking round the reserve this morning in beautiful weather and was treated to singing and displaying Tree Pipits, singing Woodlark, Linnet , two pairs of Marsh Tit, a Grey Wagtail at the Decoy Pond, Siskins in the larches and a number of...
  • Islay - Blog

    Tysties

    Black Guillemot (or Tystie) survey this morning. A beautiful calm morning for carrying out this very specific survey. To count the tysties along the reserves coastline, we have to be out from 6am to 8am during the first 3 weeks of April, in calm...
  • Minsmere

    The next arrival at Terminal One is...

    It's mid April, so the arrivals and departures board at Minsmere International is constantly changing as new arrivals land and old friends depart. Although numbers of most new migrants are still quite low, the number of species seen is growing by...
  • Dearne Valley

    Tuesday 15th - The sun keeps shining

    Another sunny and Easter holiday day at Old Moor, so here are the sightings starting in the bird garden - moorhen, m/f chaffinch, Jack & Vera the mallards, m/f pheasant, m/f reed bunting, m/f bullfinch, stock dove, dunnock, robin, great tit, blue...
  • Titchwell Marsh

    Ray's Days - 'Hey,that's my girl'

    When I arrive at the reserve I always walk up to the gate at the eastern end of the car park and then stroll round the overflow car park before going on to the reserve. This morning I found a female chaffinch quietly sunning herself out of the wind...
  • South Stack Cliffs

    Spring has sprung!

    The recent sunshine has meant a bumper sightings list here at RSPB South Stack Cliffs here is an update of just some of the things you might see if you call in for a visit. Choughs Mr and Mrs Mousetrap have been seen going in and out of their nest...
  • Dove Stone

    Confiding crossbill

    Although our visiting two-barred crossbill has been only been present intermittently around the Binn Green view point, there has been some singing heard from him in the last few days, and he does appear to be getting tamer. The call is quite an obviously...
  • Newport Wetlands

    Cuckoo, Common Crane, and even more Warblers

    A few great sightings over the last week on the reserve, including a Cuckoo on Friday, and Reed warbler , Sedge warbler , and Lesser whitethroat towards the end of the week. Also a Common crane was spotted flying over Goldcliff way twice, which is most...