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  • 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: 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: One of Campfield's many sun-drenched days of July.

    The Lonning and meadows The 13th of July was a fine, very warm day. The hay fields were looking great and the verges were alive with butterflies. Looking across the hay meadows. Honeysuckle in full bloom along the hedgerows. Plenty of nectar here for butterflies. Numerous Green-veined...
  • 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: 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: Two days in May.

    Pending storm - 20th May 2014 I feel this story must start towards the end of my Birthday – an insignificant event you may say! We had dined well on Cranston’s mint-marinated lamb chops and a delectable chocolate sweet. The wine, I have to tell you, was a rich red ‘Cape’. And...
  • 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: 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: Autumn reflections

    15th October. Cold easterly wind with intermittent sunny spells. Norman indicated that Whooper Swans had been coming into roost in the evening for several days now. Stephen topping the rushes before wetter weather descends. Will accommodate grazing winter wildfowl and spring breeding waders...
  • 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: Campfield - a September miscellany.

    Across the wetlands - 3rd September. Female Common Hawker - a brief and only sighting on 4th September. A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly in hamlet garden - 4th September. Two of three Little Egret seen on the Saltmarsh - 7th September. Little Egret at the tide's edge - 7th...
  • Blog Post: The Dog Days of Summer are over!

    There's a definite sense in the air of change. You can feel the giant pendulum swinging again. Here at Campfield, colours are changing; a certain brightness in the air; birders breaking cover; holidays have been accomplished, discussions taking place on the Lonning and in the hide, bringing together...
  • 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: 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: "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: Signs of Autumn 2010 - Photo Diary

    17th September Flocks of gulls have been collecting round field drain outfall on mudflatts in front of the Campfield Marsh Good numbers of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies have been flying in the area 18th September A rather bedraggled looking young Wren after recent rain 19th...
  • 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: 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: 2nd August 2010. Anything could happen…..

    …sort of a day. It was warm, when the sun came out it was really hot – but across the estuary big black clouds were looming. No wind. So we set out for the Reserve, ready for anything! The Common Hawker was our first encounter as we walked down the track passed the farm. We were buzzed...
  • 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: Highlights of early July 2011

    2nd July Barn Owl is still hunting regularly along the saltmarsh both during the day and at dusk. 3rd July A very hot and sunny day with a great sunrise. The Bore could be seen coming in at midday. 4th July - Hot windless weather continued. Bird song is silent now that the...
  • 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...