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  • Blog Post: Photo Diary - First half of September 2010

    1st September Adult fox hunting amongst recently topped rushes along the edge of 1st Meadow Pool. Seen from screen 4th September Common Darter on track Swallows were hawking everywhere today: over the pools, meadows and the 'sands'. Bird of prey glimpsed flying away...
  • Blog Post: Our Special Spring Visitors - 20 4 13

    Black-tailed Godwit. After lunch, Judith said to me,”I'll have to get into the garden. These last two days of sunshine and rain have brought everything on. “OK,” I said, “I need a walk. I'll go down the Lonning and see what's there.” Unusually there was very...
  • Blog Post: Bowness-on-Solway Visitor facilities, Part Four - The Cardurnock Peninsula

    Campfield Marsh is quite a spectacle in May with its covering of Sea Pinks - not to mention the Gorse and May blossom along the fringes. Back to farm and estuary - we continue along the coastal road round the Cardurnock Peninsula. Within a few hundred yards of North Plain farm we arrive at the lay...
  • Blog Post: Good birding in the Solway sunshine - 5 3 13

    Mixed flock of Barnacles and Pinkfeet spread out along the channel of the R. Wampool at Anthorn. Today started off with hazy sunshine after a night of frost – no wind at all! We had to go to Kirkbride, so decided to make a virtue of a necessity, namely searching for swans and geese. In this...
  • Blog Post: Is there Life after 'Jubilee' ?

    This Spring and early Summer have been a real mixed bag - especially this last week! One minute, glorious sunshine and the next torrential rain and bitter winds. One hardly knows what to do! Have turned into a softie really - should have taken it easier on the cupcakes, blue icing and party sized Eton...
  • Blog Post: "Shall I compare thee to a Summer's Day" - 22nd April 2012

    The short answer to that is, “Yes” - so don’t expect any more bardic utterances from me! Evening view across the wetlands from the raised bower. Although it is still Spring, here on the Campfield wetlands, today it felt like the middle of June: the wind had dropped and the...
  • Blog Post: Arrival of our Winter visitors.

    Winter has already come to the Solway. The nights have now drawn in; the weather has a distinct chill feel to it; we have had a few arctic gusts already. There have been several night frosts - so the tree colours have been very good this year. The Scandanavian winter Thrushes have arrived in force...
  • Blog Post: Campfield Blizzard - 22 3 13

    Barnacles beating against the blizzard early morning, here at Campfield. Unusually, we are getting our fair share of winter. Snow has been blizzarding since early this morning and has continued unabated as we write at 3.45 pm. Wind chill factor feels like the Arctic. Even Sellafield, just round...
  • Blog Post: "Didn’t we have a luverly time, the day we went to Silloth!" 1st December, 2011

    There had been great excitement in the local birding community here on the Solway, in recent days: a flock of 76 Bean Geese had presented itself on the flooded stubble fields round the lovely town of Silloth and a stimulating informative controversy was surging to and fro amongst the cognoscente, regarding...
  • Blog Post: Wigeon Requiem

    It might be that in some cases young people may have difficulty in finding a cause or espousing an intent in life that will give them direction for the year's ahead. In my own case, I was spared the quandary. Having just entered secondary school, I was laid low with septic tonsillitis, which involved...
  • Blog Post: Mild November Days at Campfield

    An early November Photo Diary Area round Saltmarsh Pool where the Great White Egret has installed itself 1st November A beautiful sunny windless day with first record of Great White Egret seen on the Reserve at Saltmarsh Pool. 2nd November Cool and breezy. 10.45 - 12.00 am, Great White...
  • Blog Post: Midsummer Miscellany

    Carpet of Sea Pinks - saltmarsh 16th June. A briliantly sunny day from dawn to dusk. The warmth brought flowers and butterflies out and stepped up bird activity. Male Large Skipper. A number of Small Coppers were flying amongst the buttercups on the edge of the saltmarsh. Ragged...
  • Blog Post: Early November - Photo Diary 2010

    4th November Wetlands are now upto winter levels and good flocks of wildfowl are to be seen Four Greylags could be seen grazing and preening in the wet meadows in front of the hide 7th November There had recently been an influx of tits with this one Willow Tit amongst them, seen on...
  • Blog Post: Campfield 2011 - some pictorial musings

    Two Woodcock - part of a large number visiting Campfield during the cold spell at the beginning of the year. The gregarious and colourful Wigeon that make the winter reserve so pleasurable. Whoopers, our glorious winter visitors. One of the Lonning’s Sedge Warblers declares his...
  • Blog Post: Breeding Wader habitat - A work in progress

    Wetted meadows - North Plain Farm … is the best way to describe what’s going on here on the farm at North Plain. Several large meadows, all in line along the Lonning, traditionally had been used for cattle grazing and hay meadows - common to all the farms on the Cardurnock Peninsula surrounding...
  • Blog Post: The best day of your holidays

    "Summer Solway Estuary and Gulls flying" - a pastel sketch from my studio window. Campfield Marsh Reserve, here on the Solway, is a really nice place to visit at the end of Summer, especially its estuary element. As you may know, inland reserves can be a little quiet at this time of the...
  • Blog Post: Campfield - A time for Egrets, 19th October 2012

    There was an air of hush in the front lounge. Judith was at the window table, as that week she had taken delivery of two new sets of glasses, thus new horizons for her had been opened up! She can now read the small print in her Canon camera manual and was factoring some new tricks into her camera –...
  • Blog Post: Summer Medley from Campfield and the Cardurnock Peninsula - a digital impression.

    Across first Meadow Pool. The Lonning towards the hide. Second Meadow Pool. Nosy guest cattle. Pied Wagtail with Cranefly. Reed Bunting on Lonning hedgerow. Sandhills towards the Solway. Sedge Warbler - Black and White sketch. Sedge Warbler in colour. ...
  • Blog Post: 2nd August 2010. Anything could happen…..

    …sort of a day. It was warm, when the sun came out it was really hot – but across the estuary big black clouds were looming. No wind. So we set out for the Reserve, ready for anything! The Common Hawker was our first encounter as we walked down the track passed the farm. We were buzzed...
  • Blog Post: Great Day on the Moss,11th June 2012 - Part One

    Raised Moss and Boardwalk, Bowness Common - looking towards Criffel. Strange thing to have to say … there was definitely a feeling of Spring in the air in spite of the fact we were well into the middle of June. Some of the Ash trees in the area hadn’t even attained their leaves! But there...
  • Blog Post: A Walk on the Wet Side - 9th June 2012

    Early June - Summer has officially arrived … monsoons of rain; tornados of wind; flooding that would frighten even Noah; caravans and tents being swept away; agricultural shows being flattened; seaside promenades under three feet of water and lashed by waves. Hello! but we don’t mind, we’re...
  • Blog Post: A typical Winter's afternoon - Campfield, 27th January 2012

    Having had a few dull and damp days recently, today dawned bright and sunny. However the incoming tide before lunch brought with it its usual shower. Not deterred, we set off down the Lonning and were gratified to see the sun struggling through. We had a quick look through the screen overlooking the...
  • Blog Post: Ne’er cast a clout ‘til the may is out!

    . Not much fear of that. We’re back into winter gear: Wellington boots; padded jackets … the whole kahuna! A fine warm March: temperatures up in the 20’s; water levels falling by the minute; talk of hosepipe bans and compulsory metering! I remember a severe drought a few years...
  • Blog Post: Learn to love your Badgers! - (Blog reinstalled after Homepage update glitch)

    Badger routings in the orchard - 24 3 13 Our house, garden and orchard lie slap in the middle of the Campfield Marsh Reserve and we take great joy in all the birds and animals that flow across us in their various pursuits. We gaze out across the meadows and moss at the back, and the saltmarsh and...
  • Blog Post: The Saga - chapter one

    Campfield Workparty Christmas Barbecue 13 12 12 Judith and I both set out for the annual workparty Christmas barbecue at North Plain. The weather was dry and a thin southerly wind was blowing but with an arctic bite to it. Criffell and the distant Lakeland fells were a pastel blue grey; their bases...