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  • 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: Barnacles on the Saltmarsh - 25th November

    Through the mist this morning about 150 Barnacles dropped on to the saltmarsh at Scargavel Point. They quickly got down to grazing the plentiful grass - small groups taking off periodically and flying further along the marsh, while other geese were arriving Looking west from the marsh gate, opposite...
  • 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: 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: ‘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: 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: 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: 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: That was the month that was! - November.

    A wintery scene over the Solway. The month started off very cold with strong north-westerly winds bringing showers across the estuary. Good numbers of wildfowl were building up on the Reserve 2nd November . Wigeon on Meadow Pools. Moorhen and Pheasant picking around together. 3rd...
  • Blog Post: Halloween Special.

    Whooper Swans and gulls at Angerton. Halloween is always the day we go looking for Swans and Geese round the estuary. It's a good day to remember and we always try to finish up in Silloth for a Fish and Chip lunch. The weather was threatening but OK: big clouds; a fair wind and passing showers...
  • 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: Bank Holiday viewing - 26th August 2013

    From the lay-by at the start of Campfield Marsh . Here at Campfield over the last few days, the weather has been magnificent: hot sunshine and very little wind - with high tides on the estuary and saltmarsh. This particular combination of circumstances has had the effect on the inland part of the...
  • 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: Bowness-on-Solway Visitor facilities, Part Four - The Cardurnock Peninsula

    Campfield Marsh is quite a spectacle in May with its covering of Sea Pinks - not to mention the Gorse and May blossom along the fringes. Back to farm and estuary - we continue along the coastal road round the Cardurnock Peninsula. Within a few hundred yards of North Plain farm we arrive at the lay...
  • 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: Mild November Days at Campfield

    An early November Photo Diary Area round Saltmarsh Pool where the Great White Egret has installed itself 1st November A beautiful sunny windless day with first record of Great White Egret seen on the Reserve at Saltmarsh Pool. 2nd November Cool and breezy. 10.45 - 12.00 am, Great White...
  • 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: Will Campfield have an Easter ‘Egret’ this year?

    'Doing the Campfield walk, Hey!' The Great White Egret arrived at Campfield on 1 st November 2011, just in time for the Guy Fawkes celebrations. We began to wonder how long this rare vagrant would stay - and lo and behold, miracle of miracles, it spent Christmas with us. People travelled from...
  • 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: Campfield - A time for Egrets, 19th October 2012

    There was an air of hush in the front lounge. Judith was at the window table, as that week she had taken delivery of two new sets of glasses, thus new horizons for her had been opened up! She can now read the small print in her Canon camera manual and was factoring some new tricks into her camera –...