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  • Blog Post: Images of Summer - late July 2011

    Haymaking has started - end of July 18th July After early rain the sun came out making it very warm and humid, Sunshine and showers continued for the rest of the day. Insects and butterflies were in abundance which was great as it was the start of the 'Big Butterfly Count' for Butterfly...
  • 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: 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: 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: It's Midsummer.

    Photo Diary 15th to 30th June 2011 Bird Seed crop - Phacelia , Oats and Sunflowers 15th June Barn Owl busily hunting along saltmarsh. This is the second Barn Owl of a pair who are hunting along the marsh each evening now. Herons, possibly a family, scouring the shoreline...
  • 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 Summer Diary, 1st - 14th June 2011

    A Photo Diary Black Galloways keeping cool on a hot summer's day, in front of Hide . 1st June Two Mute Swans landed briefly on wet meadows but were seen flying off, being chased by Lapwings who were nesting in the vicinity. 3rd June Today was a very warm still cloudless day....
  • Blog Post: Haymaking time is here

    Haymaking by the Old Broken Willow. We had managed to provoke the Weather Gods into giving us an Indian Summer - ten days of glorious dry sunny weather. I said to Judith, "the farmers had better get going and get all that hay in - it’s more than ready and dry as tinder." There are...
  • Blog Post: A Time for Metamorphosis.

    May blossom and gorse in bloom - Campfield Marsh. Spring was late this year – universally accepted, we think. We might add that here at Campfield, we are used to late Springs! We swear to you folks that the Ash trees at the top end of the Lonning only started to come into leaf 10 days ago! ...
  • Blog Post: Late August 2011 Diary

    18th - 31st AUGUST Looking inland across the 'sands' towards Campfield Marsh 18th August Cold wind from the west today. Wader numbers are starting to build up: predominently Oystercatcher with small numbers of Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin. Whimbrel could be heard calling...
  • Blog Post: 6th - 15th April 2013. An illustrated diary.

    Campfield Marsh - early April. 6th April 2013 Sunny all day with a light SW wind. Early morning there were 14 Shelduck with two Mallard pairs out on the mudflats. A small group of Redshank came in with the tide. On the Meadow Pools, Wigeon and Teal were gathering and seemingly pairing up. The two...
  • Blog Post: Barnacles, Pinks, Whoopers and other tales of early October

    Skein of Pinks at sunset 1st October Weather is still warm and sunny. Speckled Woods seen mating today and a flock of about 80 Pinks flew in from the across the saltmarsh and headed off in a south-easterly direction. Speckled Woods mating. Female (the larger one) seems to have laid an egg...
  • Blog Post: Mid October Photo Diary

    Criffel and the Solway after the Storm, 17th October. 15th October A very warm misty morning with a rosy dawn. Small parties Barnacles could be seen and heard flying west most of the morning. Lots of Gulls out on the channel with a single Whooper on the tideline. Small party of Barnacles...
  • Blog Post: Photo Diary - Mid August, 2010

    4th August Common Blue Damselfly on track Heron had been hunting for frogs in the dyke Heron taking off near first Pool Small Copper on trackside vegetation Numerous small Tortoiseshell butterflies were flying today 7th August Red Admiral on Willow-herb 8th August...
  • Blog Post: A Great Day at Campfield - part Two.

    The following images suggest some of the additional things your sharp eyes could see on a visit to the Campfield Marsh Reserve - from mid July to late August. BIRDS House Sparrow in a crevice of the barn wall near the car park . A juvenile Woodpecker possibly using the farm bird feeders...
  • Blog Post: Late May Review

    A photo dairy, 14th - 31st May 2011 North Plain Lonning lined with flowering Cow Parsley 14th May Male Woodpecker heard hammering on nest box hole. A Tree Sparrow, currently occupying this box, was hovering round in the vicinity. Shelduck feeding on the tideline in the evening...
  • Blog Post: Where have all the Hirundine gone?!

    They call it ‘climate change’. They always have to have a nice neat title for things these days: everything pigeonholed and computerised. It’s an industry now. Universities have whole departments on the subject; people are making careers from it. In the ‘old days’ we...
  • 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: A perfect Summer's Afternoon - 12th June 2013

    Cattle grazing the buttercup meadows. Rain overnight started off the day in sombre mood but by lunchtime the fresh wind had veered from slightly north of West to the SW, with the incoming tide. The clouds started to disperse, producing a very warm bright afternoon! The meadows on the Reserve, with...
  • 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 Solway Miscellany

    Barnacles are a speciality of the Solway. This group were on the Cardurnock pastures. Oystercatchers battling with the tail-end of Hurricane Katia. A typical Solway farm here on Campfield Marsh Summer Solway and Criffel from Campfield Marsh. Barnacles on the saltings of the R...
  • Blog Post: Celebration - Little Grebe's Happy Event

    End of June is a joyous time of the year with young birds everywhere filling the hedgerows, meadows, woodlands and ponds Loaning Sedge Warblers are still to be heard singing along the track. One was observed on 27th catching insects in the bushes round the hide – presumably feeding young...
  • Blog Post: The one that nearly got away! 30th July 2013

    Female Marsh Harrier hunting over the wetlands The day was hot and humid with thunder in the air. Giant clouds were rolling down the Solway with hot bursts of sunshine from time to time, but the tide was coming in so a good breeze was springing up. There was a sense of anticipation in the air –...
  • Blog Post: It must be Summer! Photo-highlights of July 2013

    2nd July A dull and mostly wet day but still quite warm. Tawny Owl - early evening. Watching for voles and insects from a perch in sycamore tree in the hamlet. First sighting of Shelduck and seven ducklings exploring the mudflats. A number of Grey Heron had been frequenting the wetland...