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  • Blog Post: A planned day out on the Great Moss – 21st July, 2015

    Panorama of Lily Pond - our goal for the day. I don’t know why but we both woke up in a reasonably optimistic frame of mind and decided a good walk was a prime requirement - so why not kill two birds with one stone and make the walk an attempt to traverse the Red Route, recently designated as...
  • Blog Post: End of June - this was more like summer!

    27th June. Bright and sunny - very warm with a brisk southerly wind. 11.20 am. 102 Common Gulls (22 juveniles amongst them) and 6 Shelduck out on the mudflats. 11.45 - 2.45pm. Had a walk round the Blue Route calling in at the hide for a while. Saw a Whitethroat along the hedge near Bushcraft...
  • Blog Post: A couple of days in late June.

    24th June. After a dull start the day gradually brightened up with a light SW wind. LOGGBOOK sightings. 4 Visitors - Heard a Grasshopper Warbler, Pheasant, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Buzzard, Skylark, Swallows, Cabbage Whites, Oystercatcher, Two Great Spotted Woodpecker...
  • Blog Post: It's not just about birds - this is a furry animal blog . . . dated 9th July.

    This last few weeks we seem to have had a proliferation of furry animals here at Campfield. Norman Holton - in passing our garden, beheld a weasel coming out of our gate and crossing the road onto the marsh. We have lived here for well over a quarter of a century and have only seen one weasel in...
  • Blog Post: Early June review.

    1st June. A cold strong SW wind was blowing for most of the day with intermittent sunshine and showers.. Swallows were hunting in the lea of trees in the hamlet, until the rain cleared later. A pair of Pied Wagtails were also hunting - coming back and forth with beaksfull of insects. Swallows...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Topping the Rushes - Early August 2013

    Stephen with the topper out on the wetlands. As we had mentioned in a previous Blog a couple of weeks ago, we had wandered onto the farm one morning, as is our wont, and came across Stephen underneath his 'topping' machine. “That looks serious, Stephen!” we called out in a jocular...
  • Blog Post: Early Spring Day Activities on the Farm 19th April 2010

    Day was dry and fine. Ideal conditions for Stephen here with the harrow discs, breaking down the large ploughing for suitability to plant oats and sunflowers in a strip round the Kale. This will provide good autumn and winter food for birds. Pond life in first pond now showing well ...
  • Blog Post: Barnacles on Campfield Marsh - 24 10 12

    Today was a little unusual for the Campfield Marsh Reserve: we had a substantial visitation on the estuary sands and saltmarsh, from a flock (in excess of 120) of Barnacles . In past years they have appeared beyond the Saltmarsh Pool and beyond the boundary fence, in quite good numbers but here on...
  • Blog Post: Another Barnacle recce party at Campfield . . . Hmm, Great!!

    Barnacles on Campfield Marsh at Scargavel Point - 26 10 12 Barnacles appear to have arrived in force on the Solway this year - total numbers will emerge later - but the noteable feature for us at Campfield is the arrival, 4 days running, of a small flock prospecting the saltmarsh. We are starting...
  • Blog Post: Gulls, Gales, Cattle and Rushes - 6th September 2011

    Autumn has arrived on the Reserve or should I say ‘descended’. The night had been pretty continuous rain and gales. By morning the rain had subsided and a distinct chill was in the air. Floodwater was starting to show in the fields and it had obviously been decided to get on with cutting...
  • Blog Post: A perfect Summer's Afternoon - 12th June 2013

    Cattle grazing the buttercup meadows. Rain overnight started off the day in sombre mood but by lunchtime the fresh wind had veered from slightly north of West to the SW, with the incoming tide. The clouds started to disperse, producing a very warm bright afternoon! The meadows on the Reserve, with...
  • Blog Post: Autumn comes early on the Solway

    Anvil Cloud over the Solway estuary. We've definitely passed the Equinox: 12 hours of 'sunlight', 12hours of dark – the jury's still out on the sunlight bit! The equinoctial gales started right on time in the form of the tail-end of Hurricane Nadine which definitely stirred the...
  • Blog Post: Solway Summer Bonanza - 16th August 2012

    We had been to town in the morning - not my idea of a fun day out! But during the drive back along the Solway marshes towards Campfield, our spirits started to lift. The weather was wonderful: sun beating down from a Summer Constable sky - you know the one with the little fluffy clouds; the marshes looked...
  • 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: 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: Stop Press!

    Tense moment on the Solway - 9th May 2011 at 1510hrs, Scargavel Point, Campfield Marsh About 40 cattle were minutes away from danger. They were out on the sands as was quite normal, wading in shallow water to keep cool, but a sudden thunder storm, of which there have been a series on the Solway...
  • Blog Post: Images of Summer - late July 2011

    Haymaking has started - end of July 18th July After early rain the sun came out making it very warm and humid, Sunshine and showers continued for the rest of the day. Insects and butterflies were in abundance which was great as it was the start of the 'Big Butterfly Count' for Butterfly...
  • 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: Extreme fencing and other stories

    Fencing in progress, 14th March 2011 Setting out along the estuary road for our daily constitutional down the lonning onto the Reserve, we reached the corner where the wide vista of the outer Solway opens up. It was one of those rare Spring days, with no wind - you could feel the heat of the mid-...