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  • Fowlmere

    First flight?

    We have been following the barn owls as keenly as ever, especially as we know this is a poor year nationally. A couple of weeks ago I saw two young birds, but recently I have seen only one. It is possible we have missed the fledging of the oldest, but...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Surgery Required

    The huge Sallow behind the bench at the Woodland Feeders has been creaking and groaning for a while now but in recent days the base had visibly split three ways where each of the main trunks emerged. So today, my Dad and I tackled this mighty tree...
  • Dearne Valley

    Factory Fortnight – Sightings, 3 Aug.

    Hi Folks! Two glorious days of sun and warmth in a row – blimey, we are spoilt! Needless to say, there was much to be seen and enjoyed at Old Moor and, I might add, many folk out there enjoying it. In fact, the overspill car park was employed today...
  • Titchwell Marsh

    August 3rd 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Golden plover - 88 on fresh marsh Red crested pochard - 2 in reedbed Spotted flycatcher - juvenile flycatching from gate at the end of the carpark mid afternoon Spoonbill - 14 on fresh marsh Dunlin - 84 on fresh marsh Ruff - 39 on fresh...
  • Pulborough Brooks

    Signs of migration?

    To most people the end of July would still be high summer but for some birds the breeding season is over and they may be considering heading south to winter quarters. The green sandpipers currently being seen regularly on the North Brooks are an indicator...
  • Lakenheath Fen

    The Big Wild Sleepout is almost upon us!

    Good morning! This coming weekend, we have our two night Big Wild Sleepout event on the reserve. There are still spaces available on both Friday and Saturday nights, so here is a run down of what we will be getting up to. Friday 7 August The theme...
  • Minsmere

    Sun setting on Suffolk's little tern summer

    Guest blog by Rhiannon Baker, Suffolk Little Tern Warden Hello, my name is Rhiannon Baker. I am one of the Little Tern Wardens in Suffolk working as part of the EU Life funded project. On a daily basis I monitor the colonies around Suffolk which...
  • Saltholme

    Fish on the Menu

    There is still a lot of activity with the common terns, with many adults flying with fish in their beaks to feed their young. The little egrets are busy feeding themselves, and Lockhart caught this one at Wildlife Watchpoint hide yesterday. ...
  • Dearne Valley

    L.B.J.T. - Sightings, 2 August.

    Hi folks! It was another warm and beautifully sunny one and, as ever, there was much to be seen in and around Old Moor today. I started off in the Bittern Hide where I watched the pair of great crested grebes and their two offspring. All of a sudden...
  • Minsmere

    Hummingbird steals the show

    As is often the case in August, the buddleia bushes outside the visitor centre have been the centre of attention for much of the afternoon. There's been a great range of butterflies, including several painted ladies and commas as well as the more...
  • Dee Estuary

    Sunday 2nd August 2015 - Todays highlights

    Peacock butterfly by John Hewitt Green sandpiper - 1 on scrape Ruff - 3 on scrape Little ringed plover - 2 on scrape Snipe - 3 on scrape Dunlin - 25 on scrape Common sandpiper - 2 on scrape Green woodpecker - 2 around Mere pools...
  • Charlie's Blacktoft Blog

    Waders on top form for August but so much more to see

    Wow, the waders are just amazing at the moment with at least 16 species this weekend and some good numbers too with spotted redshank jumping to 25 adults and ruff to 18 with the arrival of the first juveniles. What's so good at the moment are the...
  • Rainham Marshes

    About a Bee...

    This quick little post is mostly about a bee that I rescued from the floor of the visitors centre on Thursday afternoon. He was very poorly and on his last legs but was still moving so I mixed up some sugar in a little warm water and encouraged him to...
  • Campfield Marsh

    Butterfly Days of Summer - 1st week in July.

    1st July. Hot weather, although thundery, made a good start for the month in that it brought out the butterflies in the sunshine: Red Admirals, Large Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Large Skippers and Peacocks could all be seen. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS...
  • Titchwell Marsh

    August 1st 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Spoonbill - 11 on fresh marsh until mid afternoon then flew east Garganey - eclipse drake on fresh marsh, eclipse female on Patsy's reedbed Green sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh Wood sandpiper - 1 on Patsy's reedbed Curlew sandpiper ...
  • Dee Estuary

    Saturday 1st August 2015 - Todays highlights

    Black-tailed godwits by John Hewitt Marsh harrier - 1 hunting at back of scrape Green sandpiper - 1 by Bridge Screen Ruff - 4 on scrape Little ringed plover - 4 on scrape Kingfisher - 1 on Mere pools Dunlin - 21 on scrape Snipe...
  • Lakenheath Fen

    1 August recent sightings: August here we come!

    Good morning. The weather has been gradually improving all week and it’s a lovely morning here at the moment. I had a walk around the reserve on a rather gloomy Thursday morning and heard a greenshank calling as it flew over the visitor centre...
  • Dearne Valley

    The Sightings...31st July

    Hello again, it's been a glorious day at Old Moor (finally) with lots of butterflies, bees, dragonflies & insects all coming out to enjoy the sunshine. Here are a few of the butterflies I saw today, what a delight! A very vibrant peacock...
  • Leighton Moss

    Dig this!

    We've been asked by some visitors recently about the lower water levels on Lilian's, Tim Jackson and Grisedale pools, as there is more mud exposed than you might normally expect in these areas. If you click on my blog from April here , then it...
  • Titchwell Marsh

    July 31st 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Spoonbill - 8 on fresh marsh Crossbill - 3 juvs in trees by Fen Hide early morning only Wood sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh Avocet - 327 on fresh marsh Golden plover - 75 on fresh marsh Spotted redshank - 3 on fresh marsh Red kite - 1...
  • Dee Estuary

    Friday 31st July 2015 - Todays highlights

    Little grebe family by John Hewitt Hobby - 2 flew over reserve Dunlin - 26 on scrape Little ringed plover - 3 on scrape Yellow wagtail - 2 on scrape Kingfisher - 1 flew past reception hide Black-tailed godwit - 130+ on scrape Stock...
  • Radipole Lake

    Recent Wildlife Sightings – Radipole and Lodmoor

    Birds The Lodmoor Marsh Harrier pair and their 4 fledglings have now dispersed as have the Radipole pair with 2 young. There are chicks, ducklings and cygnets about on both reserves. Oystercatchers at Lodmoor have 2 healthy chicks, Mute Swans on...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Probing... A wonderful waderish word

    Well, it's what they do! We have been graced by some early returning Arctic waders in recent weeks and the most popular amongst them have been the Whimbrel with their stripy heads, Gonzo bills and whistled calls. Russ Sherriff had a great day yesterday...
  • Ham Wall

    Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 31.07.2015

    I know it's only been a few days since the last one but thought it was well worth getting in the usual Friday blog and getting back on track. I hadn't been well for a few days and it was great to be back at work and catch sight of an Osprey...
  • Islay - Blog

    Family Fun Day at a sunny Loch Gruinart

    On a beautiful sunny day last Wednesday the 23rd July we welcomed many local and visiting families to our Family Fun Day at Loch Gruinart. With its theme of 'Bugs and Butterflies' there was plenty to see and do...