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  • Blog Post: What a Dee-lightful hobby!

    It looks like the RSPBs Dee Estuary Nature Reserve is the place to be this autumn, we have had some spectacular birds passing through on the marsh and arriving at Burton Mere Wetlands. Three (two adult and one juvenile) common crane have been seen of the RSPB's Burton Point midweek, these magnificent...
  • Blog Post: Wanted: Marine Protection for England’s vulnerable sealife

    Soon nearly 8 million seabirds return to their breeding grounds on the UK’s coast and our seas will be alive with squabbling guillemots, groaning puffins and graceful fulmars. Whilst not a truly coastal reserve, the Dee Estuary is home to a sizeable black-headed gull colony and a variety of...
  • Blog Post: Water Rail

    Another excuse to let people know how well behaved one of our water rails is ....
  • Blog Post: Is summer over already?

    If you believe the wading birds then perhaps it is ... or is it? Not many people know this but long distance migrating waders actually start returning to their wintering grounds in June! The evidence is clear here at Burton Mere Wetlands too as several spotted redshanks are present in full summer...
  • Blog Post: Grey Ghost of Burton Mere ...

    A ghostly grey figure has been haunting Burton Mere Wetlands on a regular basis and many visitors have seen it, in fact some have even photographed it ... But no need to worry if you're afraid of the dark this stunning male hen harrier is the culprit! He has been showing on and off throughout...
  • Blog Post: Avo-chicks!

    "Congratulations on the birth of your baby avocets" do greetings card companies make such a card? Sometime on Sunday, Burton Mere Wetlands' first ever avocet chicks hatched and instantly begun to steal the show. Three tiny grey, fluffy, long-legged, up-turned-billed chicks are unbelievably...
  • Blog Post: When we asked for some warmth, we didn't mean this...

    No doubt many of you are already aware of what happened on Sunday afternoon, but for those who are not so local I’m sure you’ll be saddened by the news that a large area of the saltmarsh on the estuary went up in flames. Staff and volunteers from the reserve joined firefighters in a bid to...
  • Blog Post: Star Gazing LIVE featuring Hilbre Island

    Tonight at 8pm on Stargazing LIVE, BBC 2 you can see a stunning short clip of around 10 seconds long of a stunning starscape taken by one of our very own volunteer Ron Thomas. You might never have thought about photographing the night sky before, but if you ever find yourself in a location with little...
  • Blog Post: A touch of Gloss

    An amazing run of spectacular birds continues at Burton Mere Wetlands with a Glossy Ibis being first seen on Saturday again on Sunday and even as I type the bird is still present. These little egret sized birds usually migrate to Africa for the winter but in certain years several individuals find...
  • Blog Post: A strange streak of luck

    Water vole’s odd hairdo puzzles experts... A water vole with a distinctive difference has been caught on a hidden camera at RSPB Dee Estuary nature reserve on the Wirral. This curious cutie has a Mohawk-style white stripe on the top of its head, leaving experts scratching their own heads...
  • Blog Post: Feeding time at the zoo

    Animals at the UK’s leading zoo are enjoying extra fresh and tasty mealtimes with the help of a local Cheshire nature reserve. RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands has teamed up with Chester Zoo to supply vegetation to feed a number of animals, including giraffes, rhinos and elephants. As part of Burton...
  • Blog Post: Its Bean a great winter so far ...

    Despite the lack of traditional snow here on the Dee this year we have seen a recent influx of wintering geese. This is no doubt in response to harsher weather even further north. The star species amongst literally thousand of wintering geese are two tundra bean geese, the first ever modern day record...
  • Blog Post: Be a wildlife detective at Parkgate

    Nature lovers are being invited to turn detective and help discover as many types of wildlife as possible living at RSPB Parkgate. From Friday 31 August the wetland nature reserve is hosting a “Bioblitz”, a large-scale wildlife stock take, where visitors will help spot the maximum number...
  • Blog Post: Burton Mere Wetlands has pecs appeal 2 years running

    A long-staying pectoral sandpiper has been showing rather nicely on the main scrape out in front of the reception building for the best part of three weeks now. And is present at almost exactly the same time as last year ... it would be a nice birthday present if it remained until the 22/23 September...
  • Blog Post: In a bit of a rush ...

    A large tractor will be present on site over the next couple of days as work begins on thinning out certain areas of dense rush. As part of our ongoing management work this will make Inner Marsh Farm a better place to nest if you happen to be a wading bird. In addition our over-wintering wildfowl...
  • Blog Post: Early Mornings on the Dee

    Hello This time of year is very busy as early morning breediig bird surveys begin as early as 7am! Redshank surveys have started out on the marsh with skylarks, reed bunting, oystercatcher and meadow pipits all recorded displaying over our plots. A volunteer and I had amazing views...
  • Blog Post: Half Term Fun at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands

    If you have a few days at home with the kids or grandchildren, then make a beeline for Dee! There is plenty of fun to be had this half term at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands with loads of activities and events for children. Kids will be delighted to take part in the events that will teach them all about...
  • Blog Post: Baby Boom

    Babies are a plenty down here at Burton Mere Woodlands despite the poor weather. All this rain may have been disastrous for some parts of the country but our ground nesting birds seemed to have fared well so far .... no doubt thanks to our quick thinking reserve staff who set the sluice gates to wide...
  • Blog Post: Tree-mendous Fun at Burton Mere Wetlands

    Come along to celebrate National Tree Week and plant your very own tree on Sunday 2 December. We have some lovely areas of mixed woodlands to explore and several new tree and hedge planting sessions have already taken place. National Tree Week is a fantastic event and we are pleased to be taking...
  • Blog Post: Intern Wanted

    Have you got what it takes to become RSPB’s Dee Estuary’s first ever intern? The new RSPB visitor centre at Burton Mere Wetlands has welcomed thousands of visitors through its doors since it opened in September and now the visitor demand is so high that they need your help. A special...
  • Blog Post: White Wingers

    "The problem with gulls is that they all look the same", is a sentence that I commonly hear. Many different gulls look similar, and experienced birders learn to look for the subtle differences between species for proper gull identification. With the high degree of hybridization among gulls...
  • Blog Post: "Much about?"

    Needless to say, Rhian's excited proclamation - upon the arrival of our first avocet of the year in mid-February - that spring was here, was a little premature. Since then we've had plenty more snow flurries, frozen pools and lots of gratitude for the stove in our reception hide. However, we've...
  • Blog Post: We want you as our new recruit!

    Do you want to gain 6 months experience of working on one of the RSPB's best nature reserves? If so then our internship programme may just be for you ... we give you all the training and opportunities to get your foot in the door, just ask Austin Morley (RSPB Blogger). Click on this link to...
  • Blog Post: Time for Bed......Hogitat Making at Burton Mere Wetlands

    Hedgehogs are the gardener's friend, munching their way through those pesky slugs and snails. Sadly, it's estimated that a quarter of the hedgehog population has been lost in the last ten years. Snoozing hedgehogs will be in for a treat as Burton Mere Wetlands are holding a make your own hogitat...
  • Blog Post: Parkgate High Tides - will they or won't they?

    With exactly one week to go before our first Parkgate high tide event of the year, there is much excitement in the air as numerous phonecalls, emails and enquiries begin to ask the familiar old questions. Where is the best place to go? What is the best time to be there? What is the best day to come?...