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  • Blog Post: Photo highlights of the last week, 19 -26th February

  • Blog Post: Movement on a high Spring tide - 20 2 15

    T'was a beautful sunny morning with a strongish SW wind. Long before the high tide, skeins of Barnacles had been coming along the Estuary. It was forecast to be a 10.3 m tide - one of the highest of the year but the SW wind probably would not push it too far up the marsh. Skeins of Barnacles...
  • Blog Post: The birds still keep coming - Part Two

    In spite of the high pressure gloom of recent days, the birds keep coming. Now is one of the best times of the year to see flocks of waders and particularly wildfowl here at Campfield and its surrounding Solway area. Wigeon,Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler are notable on the Reserve wetlands. Lapwing...
  • Blog Post: The birds still keep coming . . .

    In spite of the high pressure gloom of recent days, the birds keep coming. Now is one of the best times of the year to see flocks of waders and particularly wildfowl here at Campfield and its surrounding Solway area. Wigeon,Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler are notable on the Reserve wetlands. Lapwing...
  • Blog Post: Activity in the mist - 8th February

    It started as a rather unpromising day with a thick mist over the Reserve and Estuary. At 1.45pm, we could just to say detect small skeins of Barnacles passing west along the shoreline. High tide was due at about 2.30 pm which is when this sort of movement usually occurs, so we concluded that the mist...
  • Blog Post: A snowy end to January.

    29th January Snowed heavily overnight which left a good covering of snow in the morning. Inspite of a strong westerly wind blowing, a hardy workparty turned out for a gorse coppicing detail on the saltmarsh. Some comfort would be gained from the bonfire which they soon got burning.There was very little...
  • Blog Post: January records of wintering wildfowl and waders at Campfield - amongst other things.

    Flock of 2000+ Barnacles viewed from Campfield Lonning looking NE, 29 1 15 (credit - U Reungsuwan) Good numbers of wintering duck, geese and waders have been reported from the Reserve this month. The most spectacular sightings for us birdwatchers were on those days where the highest tides of that...
  • Blog Post: A few more Winter sightings.

    2nd December Little Egrets seen flying along the saltmarsh. 4 seen at Saltmarsh Pool at 11am. Barnacles by Saltmarsh Pool. Dave had counted 540 on the saltmarsh early morning. Cheviots brought down from Haweswater Reserve for winter lowland grazing. Lapwings gathering...
  • Blog Post: Good start to 2015 and a Happy New Year to All.

    2nd January, 2015 Shelduck flying along a turbulent estuary against a backcloth of snowy Scottish hills. 4th January, Dawned bright and sunny - no wind and much warmer than of late. Before the tide came in there were a good number of Oystercatchers and small grey waders out on the mudflats...
  • Blog Post: Happy Christmas from Campfield

    On Christmas Eve, a small skein of Barnacles winging its way along the saltmarsh.
  • 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: Photo diary - Early November

    1st November. A fine late Autumn day: sunshine and intermittent showers with a brisk SSW wind. The Whooper Swans of previous days were here in force today. Numbers had risen to 41. Family group with Wigeon in attendance. 2nd November. Another very pleasant day. The Whoopers could...
  • 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: 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: The Birdy Bit - November 2014

    November can be one of the busiest months on the reserve as wildfowl gather on the flooded fields. Hundreds of teal, wigeon, pintail and shoveler can be joined in the evening by arriving whooper swans, their distant honks becoming louder before they hone into view in the gathering dusk to settle on the...
  • 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: Butterflies and Bees etc - end of August.

    The newly extended pool in front of the hide has developed nicely - with the muddy margins attracting a range of wildlife particularly during the recent spell of dry weather. The hedgerows are ablaze with ripening berries. There has been a prolific bramble crop this Autumn. This area...
  • 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: 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...