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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Sunshine and high tides - 1st March

    It was a beautiful calm sunny day. A 9.9m midday high tide flooded the saltmarsh. Oystercatchers were standing around on available high promontaries enjoying the ambience. A couple of male Red-breasted Mergansers floated rapidly by, periodically diving for food. Then a female Goosander appeared alongside...
  • 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: Cabin Fever - 15 2 14

    Wetlands after the storms. Recently there had been days of poor weather: highish tides and some strong winds – more or less the same as the rest of the country. For one reason or other (visits to the dentist etc. . . Ouch!) we hadn't been out onto the Reserve. But today was different...
  • 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: Campfield Marsh at the high Spring tide - 2nd February

    A pictorial walk overlooking the Marsh, as the high Spring tide was falling back. There was plenty of bird activity. It was milder than of late with a brisk south-westerly wind blowing - but the bonus was the afternoon-long sunshine. Flooded marsh looking east towards the viaduct. Marsh near...
  • Blog Post: New Year gales and high tides at Campfield.

    Massive Cumulus clouds over the wetlands - a forerunner of things to come. 2nd January Gales overnight continued throughout the morning. Large flocks of Oystercatchers, other waders and Gulls taking shelter near the boundary fence as the tide came in. Marsh starting to flood. ...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Media: Mixed Waders on the saltmarsh - 22.8 13

    Good mixture of waders were picking about on the saltmarsh edge as the tide was rapidly rising: Oystercatchers, Curlew, Golden Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit and the odd Lapwing.