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Glaslyn osprey diary Follow the fortunes of a pair of ospreys breeding near Porthmadog in north Wales. 210
Symonds Yat - Raptors on the Rock Find out what's been going on at the watchpoint at Symonds Yat 45
  • Campfield Marsh

    Early May - BTGs, Sedges, Buff-tails, Roe Deer . . .

    2nd May. A fine bright early morning with a cold westerly wind. Rain set in about 1.30pm. There were still Barnacles on the Solway! Several skeins of about 30 each flew west along the saltmarsh about 5.50pm. A Song Thrush's melodious tones could...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Pingers have pinged out

    Today was the day when Bearded Tits fledged and at least four broods have been seen over the last two days around the Dragonfly Pools and Northern Trail. Paul Hutchison got this superb shot of one of the male birds who was out collecting insects to...
  • The Lodge

    Flycatchers and hobbies

    Two of the most popular summer birds at The Lodge are here and performing well. A pair of spotted flycatchers have been busy in the section of woodland along the trail leading to the hide and yesterday, possibly another pair were investigating likely...
  • Bempton Cliffs

    Recent Sightings for May

    Hello...
  • Frampton Marsh

    Half-term Hijinks!

    It's Friday. It's gone 5 o'clock. No, not time for Crackerjack (and my word, that dates me...). But it is the start of the half-term holiday. Hurrah! Well, maybe not hurrah. You may well be a parent or grandparent wondering what on earth...
  • Exe Estuary

    Laura 's First Blog

    Hello everyone! This is my first blog entry as one of the new residential volunteers of the Exminster team. After two weeks working on the reserve I am beginning to find my feet, though they still disappear into the occasional ditch. My city-soft hands...
  • Minsmere

    Springwatch returns - we're open as usual

    This morning we welcomed the local media to the Discovery Centre to meet the BBC Springwatch presenters - Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games - in advance of the show going on air from Monday. It was lovely to see a couple of families...
  • Dungeness

    Sightings 16th to 22nd May

    Egyptian goose – two at Denge Marsh on 22 nd . Bittern – two at Denge Marsh on 22 nd . Honey buzzard – over ARC on 17 th . Buzzard – three over ARC on 16 th . Hobby – fourteen at ARC and three at Denge Marsh...
  • Strumpshaw Fen and the Broads

    Recent Sightings 22nd May

    Four-spotted chaser and mother shipton moth, Ben Lewis Finally a decent looking forecast for the weather for a bank holiday weekend. The next week looks like it will be kind to the swallowtails (and swallowtail watchers). They have begun their emergence...
  • Ham Wall

    Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 22.05.2015

    Yet another interesting week on the reserve. It seems that even after 9 years of working here there's always something new to experience and enjoy. I was out trying to find poo of various animals for our who's poo? event next week ( this is not...
  • Blacktoft Sands

    All the fun of the fen

    Over the last few days migration has been settling down a little and the breeding season is really taking off with black headed gull and avocet chicks hatching, marsh harriers food passing and tree sparrows, meadow pipits, skylarks and reed buntings all...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Bargain Bird Reports!

    Afternoon all... Dominic Mitchell has very kindly donated a huge pile of old County, Regional and Reserve reports to us for our Book Recycle. I have priced them at £1 each or 5 for £4 and 10 for £7. Get in quick because they tend to...
  • Saltholme

    There's a mouse in the house

    If you go down to the Watchpoint Hide, make sure you peer into the Mouse House in the back wall of the hide. Far too many people are visiting the hide without seeing this des res for rodents. When it was first installed, Wood Mice would only venture...
  • Otmoor

    Chick pics

    Otmoor is amazing for bird life at the moment. 8 hobbies were dashing about over the reserve yesterday catching insects, a marsh harrier was hunting over the reedbed and common terns were elegantly gliding around looking for small fish. Swifts and swallows...
  • Blacktoft Sands

    Mammals sightings pretty good at the moment

    Here's a few of my better photo's from the last few days of roe deer, water vole, fox and hare which have been particularly good out on Ousefleet. Freddy the water vole chomping on a nettle leaf Roe deer on Ousefleet A curious young...
  • Dearne Valley

    Wildlife Explorers

    The Old Moor Wildlife Explorers group had another fab session this month. Here is Jo Stavert-Dobson with the details: A word from the Wildlife Explorers! May news “What a Hoot!” we had at our May meeting with activities themed around...
  • Dearne Valley

    3 Bittern Flights!

    Hello! As you can no doubt guess from the title today, a bittern has been seen at least 3 times. In the book it was 3 flights at 12.30, 12.40 and 12,50pm.. That's great news! Here's a bittern photo from 2013 taken by Mel P. Don't you think...
  • Titchwell Marsh

    May 21st 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Spotted redshank - 1 on fresh marsh Red crested pochard - 5 on Patsy's reedbed Little gull - 7 1st summer birds on fresh marsh Short eared owl - 1 still present Med gull - 2 adults high west over visitor centre Hobby - 2 hunting hirundines...
  • Arne

    Bank Holiday Weekend at Arne

    It's time for our reptile weekend at Arne! Join us on Saturday and Sunday 23/24th between 1-4pm to drop in and meet some of the reptiles that call Arne home. Sand lizards, common lizards, smooth snakes, grass snakes, adder and slow worm all live here...
  • RSPB Hodbarrow

    Blue is the colour...

    Clearing the gorse is an important part of maintenance on the reserve. For a while cleared areas look untidy, but eventually the benefits start to appear. Large groups of wild flowers, almost carpets in some parts, have used the chance of the free ground...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Pre Work Wander

    I got in early today to open up and spent a very enjoyable couple of hours ambling round the trails. It was sunny and quite warm and the breeze was light. I decided to count singing Reed Warblers and by the end of my circuit I had tallied 129 ’gurking’...
  • Rainham Marshes

    Half Term fun activities for families

    Hi everyone, How are you? I just wanted to let you know what is going on over the half term... J esper Mattias (rspb-images.com) May Half Term Family Drop-in Activities Tuesday 26 - Thursday 28 May, 10.30 am-12:00 noon and 1-2.30 pm Drop...
  • The Lodge

    The Lodge welcomes the Biking Birder

    Gary Prescott, the Biking Birder has been to The Lodge on his RSPB fundraising tour of every RSPB reserve. The sun was shining as we went from the Gatehouse to HQ and a great reception was waiting to greet him ! Best of luck to Gary and many thanks from...
  • Fowlmere

    Car park closed until 11am Friday 22nd May

    We have been waiting a long time for our car park and drive to be covered with a long-lasting surface, and at last today's the day. This has been made possible by some significant donations from local members. It has not been possible to warn visitors...
  • Lakenheath Fen

    21 May recent sightings: A game of cat and dog

    Good morning! Well, after listening to it barking for around three hours last night, I am pleased to say that I saw the little bittern last night at around 8.30pm! There were plenty of eyes and ears down there last night and local birdwatcher Richard...