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  • Blog Post: Stop and smell the (dog) roses - Sightings, 25 May.

    Hi Folks! Before I wax lyrical (or something like that!) on another marvellous day of wildlife watching in the Dearne, first an apology. Yesterday, the fantastic Jenny from the visitor centre asked me if I would remind all you lovely people about the 20% discount on 12.75kg sacks of bird food that we...
  • Blog Post: Prince Char-Ming! – Sightings, 24 May

    Hi Folks! Isn’t it great when you open your emails on a Sunday morning to be met with sights like this… Yes, 'Mr Water Rail' himself – ace photographer, regular contributor and all round good egg Mel Plant sent me the image above with a note that he had counted “seven...
  • Blog Post: 3 Bittern Flights!

    Hello! As you can no doubt guess from the title today, a bittern has been seen at least 3 times. In the book it was 3 flights at 12.30, 12.40 and 12,50pm.. That's great news! Here's a bittern photo from 2013 taken by Mel P. Don't you think the bittern blends so well with the reeds? Thanks...
  • Blog Post: Amazing Adwick - Sightings, 20 May

    Hi Folks! Adwick Washland is often referred to as one of Old Moor ’s ‘satellite’ reserves. Well, maybe it’s an interest kindled by our two star-gazing events earlier this year, but I’ve always found satellites fascinating. Now a regular visitor to the Adwick reserve, I only...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday the 19th & the Sightings...

    Hello, it's my turn again today and without further ado I'll ask you if you read Matthew's blog from yesterday about the success of the Wheelchair Challenge? If not then here's the link. Matthew also reveals where the new hide will be. So onto the sightings from the book today. Thank...
  • Blog Post: Wheelchair Challenge - they did it! (and we reveal where the new hide will be..)

    Hi everyone Well, the clue is in the title. This afternoon, Chris, Roy and the rest of the team finished the wheelchair challenge. This is a massive achievement, especially given some of the obstacles and challenges along the way. In general, the weather was kind, although this morning...
  • Blog Post: Hobby and Ice-cream - Sightings, 18 May

    Hi Folks! Well, the afternoon was nice! Wandering down Green Lane towards Wath Ings this afternoon on a ‘quick tour’ of the reserve, the drizzle and squalls of the morning were forgotten as a sudden blast of sunshine brought with it the fresh colours of spring and, of course, the bird song...
  • Blog Post: Hatchings! - Sightings, 17 May.

    Hi Folks! This morning Old Moor was the starting point for the third leg of Roy Taylor and Chris Christou’s Wheelchair Challenge and we wished them a fond farewell on their way to Stanley Ferry Marina, just east of Wakefield. Getting there from Old Moor is no mean achievement as it’s a distance...
  • Blog Post: Swift'tastic!'

    Hello, I've had a wonderful day at Old Moor today, many highlights but the main one for me were the swifts. They were flying around all over the reserve and gave amazing views and 'hearings' as they 'screamed' around. They were an absolute delight to watch. The channel in front of...
  • Blog Post: Wheelchair Challenge Day One

    Today was the first day of Roy's Wheelchair Challenge and I walked with him for some of the day. We started at Chesterfield Rail Station and as Richard (my colleague) and I arrived, Roy was being interviewed live on BBC Breakfast. I was all for heading straight over but Richard is a little media...
  • Blog Post: Friday the 15th and the Sightings...

    Hello, I'll launch in straight away and ask, 'Did you see Matthew's blog yesterday?' If not, then here's a link to it, do have a read as it's about Roy Taylor and his wheelchair challenge which is this weekend! So on with the sightings from the book today. In the bird garden...
  • Blog Post: It's Wheelchair Challenge Weekend!

    Hi everyone It's challenge time! We welcomed Roy Taylor to Old Moor today ahead of his wheelchair challenge which starts tomorrow. Roy in the courtyard at Old Moor. Roy, who has motor neurone disease, is trying to raise £50,000 for a new accessible viewing structure at RSPB Old...
  • Blog Post: Bufflehead Escapee...

    Hello, it's my turn again today to bring you the sightings & if it's been as chilly at Old Moor today as it is where I am then you'll probably have been very glad of a warm cuppa in our cafe! I'm going to start the blog today with a photo and a good story...so feet up, get comfy...
  • Blog Post: Sanderling and Turnstone - Sightings, 13 May

    Hi Folks! It was another glorious spring day for wildlife here in the Dearne Valley. The sun shone and every tree, hedge and pond seemed to be bursting with life. In fact, after yesterday’s blog I was especially keen to visit Old Moor on my way home from work and, even though my visit was brief...
  • Blog Post: Arctic Terns, Turnstone & a Wheatear

    Hello, it's back to me to bring you the sightings this eve and we've had a couple of nice birdie visitors! On Wath Ings we've had 2 arctic terns - terns are such elegant birds and I could watch them fishing and flying all day! Here's a link to the RSPB webpage about them. If you fancy...
  • Blog Post: Bar-wit and Whoopers - Sightings, 11 May

    Hi Folks! There was brilliant sunshine and tons of wildlife in the Dearne Valley today. In fact, by the time I got to Old Moor , the record book already had some quite unusual sightings – especially for the second week of May. Two whooper swans no less dropped into Wath Ings early this morning...
  • Blog Post: Cuckoos and Cuties - Sightings, 10 May

    Hi Folks! Not an especially sunny one in the Dearne Valley today but warm and full of wildlife nonetheless. My wanderings started at Adwick Washland so tonight’s sightings begin there. There were four whinchat (two male and two female), three wheatear (one male and two female), three shelduck...
  • Blog Post: Hat & Gloves....

    Hello, there was a chill wind blowing through Old Moor today that made me wish that I had brought my hat and gloves....Eventually we had bursts of sunshine which thankfully warmed us all up :) Without further ado here are the sightings from today. In the bird garden we had sightings of a willow...
  • Blog Post: A day of Two Halves...

    Hello, my turn today and apologies for the lack of sightings for the past two days. Sometimes it's just not possible for Andrew & I to bring you a blog, but we do our best! :) So to the title, two halves....sunny and then rain, today at Old Moor. I'll start in our bird garden where...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Explorers and the Sightings ....

    Hello, I'm going to start with the title today and do a plug for our Wildlife Explorers group with this link to a blog from Liane today. Do you know a young person who loves wildlife? This group could well be the thing for them and it's usually held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, Here's...
  • Blog Post: Odonata Season Begins - Sightings, 4 May.

    Hi Folks! As old Bert once remarked, “There’s always sommat to see at Old Moor”. Yesterday a black tern; today a large red damselfly. Yes, fans of the ‘world-of-the-small,’ dust off those macro lenses and get out there! In fact, the wonderful Nicola has already fired the...
  • Blog Post: What a Tern Up! Sightings, 3 May

    Hi Folks! I’ll admit it was a tad overcast this morning in the Dearne Valley and some even said they had felt a spot of rain! That all changed come midday when the spring sun shone mightily and fleeces and overcoats were packed away or tied around the waists of the morning's intrepid visitors...
  • Blog Post: The Book Today....

    Hello, many apologies but I don't have the time to type it all out this eve so here is a photo - literally - of the sightings book today. Back to normal next time :)
  • Blog Post: The First Day of May ....

    Hello, as you no doubt noticed, it's the first day of May today & a three day weekend, hooray! ...Apologies if you will be someone who is working over this weekend... I'm going to start with photos for a change and pretty fab pics they are too. Taken yesterday by Ian Butler and they are...
  • Blog Post: The Last Day of April....

    Hello, it's my turn today and it is the last day of April...that went quickly! Without further waffle I'll get going with the sightings. In our bird garden we had all the usual lovely birdies but no reported sightings today of either willow tits or great spotted woodpecker...maybe you know...