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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: The Birdy Bit - 18th November 2014

    As Christmas approaches and we stock our cupboards full of festive goodies, wildlife is entering its most critical time of the year for survival with long cold nights coupled with diminishing food supplies. Feeding birds in the garden is a popular activity - over half of adults in the UK feed birds in...
  • 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: 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: A Fruitful Day - 20th September.

    It was a typical autumn morning: starting off grey and overcast and rather unpromising, so Judith was busying about putting labels etc. on some pots of damson jam she had made for the Centre and filling a couple of baskets with freshly picked fruit. By then the sun had started to break through so we...
  • Blog Post: Hide etiquette amongst other things - 16th September.

    The day was very warm, clear skies and a very light easterly breeze – all seemed propitious for viewing birds. We proceeded straight away. The first distraction for us was the large gathering of swallows on top on the old grain silo dome. Typical of Swallows, they were very restless and would...
  • 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: A magnificent hay crop.

    A tranquil scene. The best summer we’ve had for years: the sun shone pitilessly down, week after week, here at North Plain. The hay in the meadows was growing longer and longer and was bone dry. In my estimation – it had been looking very cuttable for weeks. But hey! No sign of activity...
  • Blog Post: The Campfield Workparty Summer Solstice Thrash ('Thing').

    Workparty weeding activities in the forecourt prior to the Barbecue. Workparty member Val, refreshing the plants in the forecourt 'vats'. Workparty stalwarts in a moment of rare gravitas before the feast. Dave and Stephen had taken on the duty of the meat 'carls'...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...