... so i just thought you might like a little bit more information about what's going on at the reserve on Saturday the 30th of October.
At 11am and 2pm Steve Race, our Community and Education Officer, will lead a guided walk on the reserve. This walk will be centred on 'wild bird food' and Steve will be taking you on a route that shows off the best bushes, flowers and plants for our native birds and winter migrants. The walk will last around an hour and we advise a big, warm and waterproof jacket as well as sturdy shoes if you want to take part.
Outside the visitor centre there will be a bright green tent, inside of which you will be invited to create your very own bird treats. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to show you how to make yoghurt pot feeders and apple feeders, but be warned, this activity could get a little sticky!
Inside the visitor centre you'll be able to find a wide range of bird food and accessories, including buggy nibbles, suet balls, feeders and nest boxes. For a limited time only, you will also be able to save 20% on all 12.75kg sacks of bird feed. Buying one of these large bags is by far the most cost effective way to feed your garden birds this winter, and, as well as this, you know that buying feed from the RSPB means that great care has gone into sourcing and creating your product as ethically as possible.
If you venture up the short path to the bird feeding station you will be able to observe, and possibly even assist with, the creation of our winter wildlife refuge. Here we will be using old bamboo canes, bricks, palletts and tiles to create a safe haven for creatures such as ladybirds, frogs, hedgehogs, woodlice and spiders. Volunteers will also be on hand to give you advice on creating your very own bird friendly garden.
As if this wasn't enough, the ECO catering team will be on hand (in their usual position hext to the visitor centre) to provide you with hand warming soup and coffee as well as mouthwatering food and cake.
All activities and advice will be free of charge and, as usual, members are entitled to free car parking too. If that doesn't sound like a good day out i don''t know what does, so plan a trip up to Bempton Cliffs this weekend!
The Dell area on our reserve has been an excellent place to birdwatch over the last week or so. It has been relatively easy to spot species such as brambling, blackcap, goldcrest, siskin, redwing and wren, as well as the slightly more evasive bullfinch. The birds love the cover, protection from the elements and safety that the Dell provides them and they probably also like to stay just next door to the feeding station so that they can pop in for a quick snack when they feel like it. One such bird that likes to show its face at mealtimes is a great spotted woodpecker, which has been seen several times over the week.
In the warmth and dryness of the visitor centre and reserve office we've been planning a special event for these lovely little birds. On the 30th of October the RSPB holds 'Feed the Birds Day'. This day aims to make garden owners aware that birds need a little extra help at this time of year by providing activities and information sessions for people to take part in. This year our event will run from 10am to 3am and will include bird cake making, guided 'wild bird food' walks and various other activities. More information can be found here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-262559 or you can phone the team on 01262 851179.
Hope to see you there!
If you’ve got older brothers or sisters then you’ll understand how it feels when they get to do everything first. They’re the first to ride a bike, first to go to ‘big school’ and first to stay out past 8pm.
Imagine how you’ve feel though if they were the first to fly…
Most of the gannets on Staple Newk have grown up and left the nest now, taking their wobbly leaps of faith into the sky. Some however, are still sitting impatiently on the rock complaining to their parents that it’s not fair. We’re aware of three young gannets on our reserve that are yet to fledge. The noisy nursery ground that they were born into however, has now turned into a quiet cliff face.
One of these young gannet chicks was a successful second attempt by some very determined parents. Their first egg was seen to have rolled (purposefully or accidentally – we’re not sure) out of the nest and disappeared after a few weeks. We thought they would just write this year off as a bad experience and come back next year to try again but they surprised us by sitting on another egg so late in the season.
Our pleasure was mixed with worry as the new chick hatched just as the first of the older chicks were getting ready to fledge. Around the reserve the same thing was happening in a couple of other locations. Fortunately all three of the chicks have managed to survive the terrible wind and rain that buffeted our coastline a few weeks ago, as well as the bullying of older birds in nearby nests. We have high hopes that they will make it to fledging age and hope that we’ll be lucky enough to be around to see it when it happens.