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  • Blog Post: A Winter’s afternoon on Campfield - 13th December 2014

    A Winter’s afternoon on Campfield - 13 th December 2014 On a clear frosty afternoon much of the water on the Reserve was frozen. A walk round the ‘loop’ elicited a small flock of finches over the arable fields and a Buzzard flying beyond. Frozen pool by the 'broken'...
  • 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: Barnacles on the Saltmarsh - 25th November

    Through the mist this morning about 150 Barnacles dropped on to the saltmarsh at Scargavel Point. They quickly got down to grazing the plentiful grass - small groups taking off periodically and flying further along the marsh, while other geese were arriving Looking west from the marsh gate, opposite...
  • 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: 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: We beheld Nature's Canvas - 18th October.

    I stuck my nose out of the door - to test the air, as it were – and was amazed to find how warm it was! I could see that there was a good rip on the tide and that the trees were definitely rocking. Called to Judith, “You won’t need a heavy anorak on today – but put your wellington...
  • 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: High Summer on the Solway.

    The colours across the estuary are intense. 1st July . Very hot with blue skies most of the day - very vivid colours across the estuary. Dozens of Meadow Browns everywhere. Shelduck still showing on the mudflats. Meadow Browns are everywhere . A Ringlet - the only one seen as yet. ...
  • 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: An early June miscellany

    A damp although warm start to June materialised into the perfect summer days we are currently experiencing here at Campfield. Butterflies, Bumble Bees and young birds abound. 1st June . Bowness Moss looking towards Criffell. 2nd June . Sedge Warbler singing amongst the May blossom....
  • 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: 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 ‘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: The magic of wild geese - 6th March 2014

    Across Moricambe Bay towards the Lakeland Fells - from Anthorn 6th March 2004 An overcast drizzly day. There had been snow overnight on the Lake District fells. We decided to take a trip round to the other side of the Wampool Estuary having heard reports of flocks of geese in the area. As we neared...
  • Blog Post: Barnacle activity - 3rd March

    After a cold starlit night the Estuary and saltmarsh were shrouded in mist this morning. As the tide came in the mist gradually dispersed and the sun came out. The cheerful song of a Robin rang out from the top of a marsh-edge hawthorn. We were still in an over 9m tide phase which causes a fair amount...
  • 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: “There’s a tide in the affairs of men . . . .”

    Flooded Somerset levels by John Rogers Here we are, Valentine’s Day is upon us: the official day when birds are supposed to start their courting activities. Snowdrops, crocus and even forsythia are blooming. Give me a break! I have only just finished the mince pies and taking all the Christmas...