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  • Blog Post: A few November Bits and Bobs

    3rd November. Bright and sunny early morning with heavy showers on and off most of the day - producing spectacular rainbows across the estuary. Plenty of wader activity round the high tide about 8.30am. 7 Mute Swans were seen late afternoon on Saltmarsh Pool. Double rainbow. Grey...
  • Blog Post: Activity on the saltmarsh at Campfield - 10th November 2014

    A walk along the marsh road overlooking the saltmarsh, was a sheer delight this afternoon. View along the marsh towards the viaduct. The tide was nearly full and consequently birds were very mobile: being pushed off the mudflats onto the saltmarsh. Starting at the small hamlet of West Common...
  • Blog Post: Autumn Ramblings.

    Gazing forelornly out of my living room window across the Solway Basin at the continuous rain and mist that didn’t look as if it would let up, I began to contemplate that I would change the purpose of the massive bridge I am building at present, to take me and my lawnmower across the stream into...
  • Blog Post: An early Autumn Miscellany

    2nd September. A flat calm estuary with Shelduck out on the mudflats . Good to see so many Bumblebees amongst the clover planted partly as a green manure and partly as an end of the season seed crop for birds. 4th September. Another warm sunny day brought out the bees. A large...
  • 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: A flavour of August.

    2nd August. Rained most of the day until 3.30pm. As the tide came in, the sun broke through. Lots of young birds about: Swallows, Blue Tits, Greenfinch, Dunnock and Robins. Plenty of activity on the mudflats. Brambles starting to ripen on Lonning hedgerow - this seems very early for the time...
  • Blog Post: ‘Big Bertha’ comes to Campfield.

    High Tide roost, Saltmarsh pool - 12 8 14 Hurricane Big Bertha was on its way across the Atlantic. The weathermen had been terrorising us for a week in advance. We knew that, should it arrive, it was going to coincide with a series of very high tides on the Solway, anyway - which heightened our sense...
  • Blog Post: Further July reminiscences

    LONNING AND RAISED BOG With the hot sunny days of summer, bird song has fallen silent with birds concentrating on raising their young. However, welcome colour to our suite of wildlife has been provided by the burgeoning insect life. The hedgerows and meadows were alive with butterflies, dragonflies...
  • Blog Post: The dog days of Summer!

    A LATE JUNE PHOTODIARY 15th June. After a very warm day, a quick evening walk along the Lonning and across the buttercup meadow to the 'Willow' Bower revealed a few late evening activities. Sunlight cattle grazing against a backcloth of the distant Lake District fells. A Moorhen...
  • 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: Wetlands Management Training Day,7th May - Review

    The Wetlands Management Training Day organised by the Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership at the Wetlands Centre at Campfield, inspite of the inclement weather, was very well supported. Dave Blackledge (Campfield Marsh RSPB Manager) led the workshop and during the morning, covered the mudflat and saltmarsh...
  • 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: 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: Extra sightings from February

    4th February Sunny with a light southerly wind all day. A large mixed flock of Pinks and Barnacles were flying over the Reserve and adjacent farmland, attempting to land but nearby farming activity prevented them from doing so. Eventually, towards evening, they could be seen flying off towards the...
  • Blog Post: Late January photo review

    Frosty Dawn 16th January Cold but sunny weather. Snowdrops showing at the entrance of the Lonning. Rooks could be seen displaying. Waders wheeling in the sunshine - Viaduct corner Oystercatcher flock on the edge of the tide - Campfield Marsh. Wigeon riding out the...
  • Blog Post: December Review - 2013

    Month started off very cold and wet but with good movements of Barnacles back and forth along the Estuary. Excavation started of enlarged pools in front of the hide. 4th December. Waders flying by in large groups at high tide along the marsh edge. At 12.30pm good flock of Barnacles plus a leucistic...
  • Blog Post: Halloween Special.

    Whooper Swans and gulls at Angerton. Halloween is always the day we go looking for Swans and Geese round the estuary. It's a good day to remember and we always try to finish up in Silloth for a Fish and Chip lunch. The weather was threatening but OK: big clouds; a fair wind and passing showers...
  • Blog Post: Every Duck has its Day - 28th October.

    The spectacle of so many duck in the air. Yes, storm St Jude, was upon us. I believe that Jude is supposed to be the patron saint of lost causes. Well, all I can say, “It's an ill-wind that blows nobody any good!” The weathermen, bless their little cotton socks, had been threatening...
  • Blog Post: Early October Review

    1st October. Heard the chatter of first Fieldfare this morning. Surprisingly late juvenile Goldfinch being fed. Good numbers of Tree Sparrows about the area. 2nd October. A regular group of about 30 Mallard are frequenting the mudflats at Scargavel Point - seen here around high...
  • Blog Post: A wetland scenario - 21th September, 2013

    John Howard's report of an afternoon spent in the hide overlooking the wetlands: "Sat Sept 21. A mild but cloudy day with poor light. After settling in the hide at 12.30 pm I quickly scanned the wood with my bins, but all I saw was about eight crows when suddenly this large black bird...
  • Blog Post: A Birder's life is always full of the unexpected.

    17th September. Two days of more or less continuous rain had enforced indoor activity. Now even the most fascinating of inside occupation can start to pall, leading to the feeling akin to 'cabin fever' and, in my own case, it can progress to feelings of the 'black dog' ( a north country...
  • Blog Post: Waders on the Solway - early August 2013

    Good flocks of mixed waders are now to be seen here along the Solway Estuary - being pushed about by the tides. They consist of Dunlin, Oystercatchers, Knot, and Ringed, Green and Golden Plover. CAMPFIELD MARSH 3rd August. In the region of 350 Oystercatchers and a small numbers of Dunlin...