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  • 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: 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: "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: The weather is here, wish you were beautiful! - 27th April 2011

    "April Gorse, Campfield Marsh 27th April 2011" - a digital pastel-style painting by John Rogers It's late April and the weather up here on the Solway is like the middle of Summer. Migrants are coming in early, flowers are blooming that shouldn't be and there are dragonflies and moths...
  • 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: 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: 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: Ask not for whom the Bell Tolls!

    It's official. It was the hottest April ever, so the pundits say! Tell us something we don't know! The garden was on hold and the rivers were drying up. I thought, "I'll fix this! I'll put the recently purchased garden gazebo up!" The idea worked! As I opened the big cardboard...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Waders and Gulls amassing on the Estuary- Mid July 2011

    7th July Norman reported a good collection of Waders and Gulls in the vicinity of Saltmarsh Pool today: 8 Black-tailed Godwits in Summer plumage, 420 Black-headed Gulls, 14 Redshank and 1 Adult Mediterranean Gull. The warm humid conditions brought out insects and good numbers of Swallows hawking after...
  • 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 touch of Winter

    PHOTODIARY - end of November 2011 Winter evening after a stormy day, Solway Estuary 24th November. A midday high tide with a strong gusty wind. At 11.30pm flocks of Oystercatcher, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard and Shoveler with 15 Pintail started to fly west along the, by now, flooding marsh. At...
  • Blog Post: Spring is here

    Photo diary - 21st (Spring Equinox) to 31st March 2011 Daffodils in hedge bottom along Lonning Willow coming into bloom 21st March High Spring tides were flooding the Inner Solway Estuary marshes causing the Barnacle Geese who frequent them, to flight west to the Outer estuary pastures...
  • 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: Day of the Dust Devils, 3rd May 2011

    The weather was really warming up; a strongish dry southeaster was blowing across the estuary; hardly a cloud in the sky. I said to Judith, "Just the day for the outer saltmarsh and the estuary sands. Let's see what exotica presents itself!" Adventure was in the air and the Gods seemed...
  • Blog Post: The first young are appearing - Week ending 20th May 2010

    14th May A wet hazy morning but birds were in full song down the Loaning . A cuckoo could be heard out on the Moss. A Mallard and her seven ducklings were visible on the 1st Pool . Mallard and ducklings A Roe deer could be seen from the hide, grazing away across the rushy meadow. Met Stephen...
  • 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...