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  • Blog Post: The impressive high tide wader roosts of Campfield Marsh - late August.

    The Solway estuary is recognised as a site of international importance for both Eurasian Oystercatchers and red Knot, holding the 2nd and 10th largest population respectively, within the UK. These overwintering waders mainly feed on cockles, mussels and Baltic tellins from the tidal mudflats and are...
  • Blog Post: Further recollections of May

    6th May A sunny warmer day with a slight breeze blowing, brought forth a single Siskin and a male Bullfinch feeding in the hamlet gardens. Reports of a good flock of Barnacles ( plus a leucistic) still on the marshes at Rockcliffe, with a common Swift at Burgh. Male Bullfinch 7th May A...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings

    1st May A cold strong easterly wind was blowing. Small flocks of waders going west on the high tide. Three Little Egret and a Grey Heron were frequenting the saltmarsh round Scargavel Point. Two little Egret on the saltmars h at 1.50pm . . . . . . and a third one flew in. - but the Heron...
  • Blog Post: End of April - Spring sightings

    12th April Dull first thing but as the tide came in, the sun came out. There was a strong cold SW wind blowing. A flock of about 150 Oystercatchers flew in with a small group of grey waders accompanying them. The soon settled down to feeding on the mudflats as the tide uncovered them. 13th...
  • Blog Post: Tales from Campfield - 29th April

    Birder and Photographer, John Howard from Hawick, kindly sent this illustrated account of a recent visit he made to the Reserve. "The Scottish Borders were shrouded in mist this morning but because of a reasonable forecast I decided to head for Campfield Marsh. I found mist over the Solway when...
  • Blog Post: T'was a very 'Good' Friday.

    April 18th proved to be just that: the most beautiful of sunny days and the air was full of bird song. A short walk down the Lonning revealed all sorts of delights. PHOTO RECORD BELOW. The hawthorn hedges have suddenly sprung into life. The new greenery will provide better cover for nesting...
  • Blog Post: Now that April is here – say β€˜Yes’.

    10th April As gentle a day as you could wish for on the Solway: golden sands and blue channels reflecting the cloudscapes of the sky; the odd feel of a shower in the light wind; the yellow of the gorse, as early as I have ever seen it - could it be the lack of frost that has promoted its early growth...
  • Blog Post: Every cloud has a silver lining ! !

    View across the wet meadows from the 1st Screen - had plenty of rainfall recently Earlier in the month, as the damson buds started to show, a pair of Bullfinches could be seen taking advantage of this feast in the orchards here abouts. Male Bullfinch 5 3 14 Female Bullfinch. END OF MARCH...
  • Blog Post: And just when we thought Spring had arrived . . .

    RECENT PHOTO DIARY 16th March Return to cold wintery weather. Green shoots of hawthorn had started to show. Daffodils along car park ditch. Coltsfoot along the Lonning track. Daffodils flowering on the track hedgeside. Willows flowering near the hide pond. ...
  • Blog Post: Surely Spring is here at last – 11th March

    Now it was warm and sunny - the Reserve wetlands were buzzing with activity: Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pintail and Shoveler were in evidence - with much splashing and flying around. The breeding season had been given a kick start it seems. John Howard from Hawick had been tempted south to Campfield for...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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 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: 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: The best was right there all the time!

    Not in excess thereof, but merely a sufficiency thereunto! Therefore, let us all join together in gratitude for the celebrities we have received of late: Great White Egret; Little Egret; three Glossy Ibis and ultimately, a wonderful Spoonbill! But as with all celebrity comes the uncertain fickle element...
  • Blog Post: Activities on Reserve's Lonning Pools - 11th May, 2010

    First Pool Pair of Tufted Duck were seen busily diving at the other side of the pool. Had been reported there now for the last few days. . Tufted Duck Second Pool Pool was buzzing with activity. Birds were looking most colourful in the afternoon sunshine. All three Little Grebe were...
  • 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: Solway - Land of the Midnight Sun

    18th July 2011 Opened the curtains . . . Whoosh! The rain was coming in bucket loads; the light across the estuary was hard and sharp; the wind was definitely in the North West. "Mark my words," I said to Judith, "it's Autumn. We are nearly a month past the Solstice...
  • Blog Post: Highlights of Week ending 5th June, 2010

    Here we are! Summer has really taken a grip now, on the Estuary and Reserve. The May blossom is fully out, swathes of buttercups in the meadows and verges – I don’t think I’ve seen them look better! The gorse flowers are so prolific this year that they invest the sky with a sort of...
  • Blog Post: Early signs of Passage

    Oh dear! it’s got round to August again. The birds down the Lonning have generally fallen silent, busy raising and feeding their young - but if one walks along quickly and quietly, you can run across small parties of young in the hedges waiting to be fed by their industrious parents: Willow Warblers...
  • 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: May miscellany

    Saltmarsh Pool and Criffel 2nd May. Germander Speedwell. 5th May Looks promising for the breeding season, late as it is. One of the first warm mornings bring the newly arrived cattle out onto the mudflats. Spring lambs enjoying the sunshine too. Willow Warbler catching...
  • 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...