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  • 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: Barnacles visit Campfield - 3rd January 2012

    We spent one and a half hours mid-afternoon watching the spectacle of several thousand Barnacle Geese grazing the meadows in front of the hide on Campfield Marsh RSPB Reserve and what a sight it was! On this icy day with a galeforce westerly wind blowing, the flock were spread out over the grassland...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - photo record from 20 2 13

    Typical senario here over the last few weeks: sunshine and snow clouds! Shelduck are starting to put in an appearance on the mudflats - 22nd February SongThrush and Great Spotted Woodpecker are becoming regular visitors to the Hamlet gardens - 22nd February. Song Thrush with a liking...
  • 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: 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: Submarine Warfare - 25th April 2010

    Walk down the loaning - weather a bit hazy with some rain about....not a good bird song day! Willow Warblers trying to get into voice but not succeeding very well. On getting to the 2nd pool events started to liven up. Arriving quietly at the screen we were pleased to observe a pair of Tufted duck -...
  • 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: All change on the Solway today!

    Early snowdrops at the Lonning entrance. Splendid day: clear frosty sunshine with very little wind - only a slight breeze from the east. The Solway was flat calm at high tide. We walked down the lonning onto Campfield Marsh Reserve early afternoon. The Meadow Pools held 21 Whoopers with plenty...
  • 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: Early May 2011 Revisited - a photo diary

    Gorse in bloom on Campfield Marsh 1st May A sunny although blustery day, with a helm wind blowing. Nevertheless butterflies and dragonflies could be seen flying in the shelter of the Lonning and the hedgerows were full of birdsong. Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly on poolside vegetation ...
  • Blog Post: Will Campfield have an Easter ‘Egret’ this year?

    'Doing the Campfield walk, Hey!' The Great White Egret arrived at Campfield on 1 st November 2011, just in time for the Guy Fawkes celebrations. We began to wonder how long this rare vagrant would stay - and lo and behold, miracle of miracles, it spent Christmas with us. People travelled from...
  • 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: A new duck in town

    While checking how many wintering ducks were still present on the reserve (a couple of pintail and small numbers of shoveler, teal, wigeon and mallard) I noticed a broad white stripe poking out of the vegetation. Closer inspection revealed a cracking drake garganey in all his splendour accompanied by...
  • 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: JANUARY 2011 - Review

    Barnacles flighting at dusk, Campfield Marsh Reserve - a digital oil-style painting by John Rogers This winter, as we will all know, started very early with the big freeze-up, snow and ice - the whole deal! The country was in crisis. We thought, "here we are in the middle of an Artic winter,...
  • 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: A new window on the 'world'.

    Norman Holton writes: “Over the last couple of months I have been moving my remote camera around the reserve to see what I might capture. The problem with this is sifting through the thousands of images you get (like bits of vegetation blowing in the wind) for the few good ones. It is also interesting...
  • Blog Post: Bowness-on-Solway area,Visitor facilities Part Three - Reserves and viewing places.

    Campfield Marsh. Now we come to the 3rd part of the Blog, having dealt with accommodation issues. We can start to describe the main features of the area which is after all what you will be coming to enjoy, be it Spring, Summer or Winter. In the case of birders, winter in the Solway area is of particular...
  • Blog Post: The Pendulum Swings, 18th April 2011

    "Oh to be at 'Campfield' now that April's here" - a pastel-style digital painting by John Rogers Already the mighty pendulum, that governs all life on this planet, is well on its way. The Vernal Equinox is nearly a month past but the bird world would have been stirring even before...
  • Blog Post: Whooper Swans on Reserve wetlands, 8th January 2012

    Today was overcast with a brisk wind blowing - however, it was much milder than of late. We had been hearing ‘whooping’ from the Reserve wetlands all night and throughout the morning. A walk down the Lonning mid-afternoon revealed, in total, some 70 Whooper Swans on the Meadow Pools and wetlands...
  • Blog Post: Arrival of Waders on North Plain Farm

    Everything is heading north with the vernal equinox and the warm weather too. 12 Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank and a Ruff have descended on the Reserve and can be seen feeding and preening regularly on the now drying-up floodwater on the lefthand -side of North Plain lonning. On the Meadow Pools there...
  • Blog Post: Everybody has a job to do - deal with it!

    Saltmarsh and pool. We had been down onto the North Plain wetlands and the hide and had just returned to the lonning entrance - I was casually scanning with the bins towards the scrape and the boundary fence, when we beheld a great sight: a goodly flock of Barnacles were scattered over the marsh....
  • Blog Post: Young Lapwing survive storm.

    Lapwing fledglings after the storm. There had been 24 hours of really quite heavy rain. This was not good news at this time of the year as we knew Lapwing had been breeding in the wet meadows along the Lonning and Snipe in the wetter areas of the Reserve. Let's face it – their nests are...
  • Blog Post: A Happy New Year from Campfield

    New Year's Day was crisp and sunny. Here are a few of the birds which put in an appearance today. Early morning now frequent visitors to the saltmarsh. Oystercatchers had been giving aerial displays as the tide came in at noon. The small Barnacle flock had stayed to graze. A pair...