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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: Making Giraffe Food

    This autumn has seen the start of the ‘ war against willow’ sizable areas have been cleared behind the scrape on "IMF2" and also within the reedbed area. No need to panic though as this essential management work prevents the wetland areas from "scrubbing" over and keeps...
  • 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: 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: 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?...
  • Blog Post: Ever so close ...

    Staff and volunteers from the Dee Estuary reserve took part in the innaugural Clair House Cup, a 6-a-side football tournament to raise money for local charity Claire House Hospice ( www. claire - house .org.uk/ ). The Summer Festival details can be found at www.clairehousesummerfestival.com Having...
  • Blog Post: Bald as a coot .... chick!

    Perhaps not the exact origin of the saying but coot chicks are very bald indeed! This is one of five on the pool just outside the reception building at Burton Mere Wetlands. We also have a newly hatched brood of greylag geese and five different broods of avocets, so babies are the feature of the...
  • Blog Post: Go Quackers at Christmas

    Join the ducks and ‘go quackers’ at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, near Neston, as the RSPB’s newest nature reserve gets ready for Christmas and lays on a feast of festive family activities. Once the Christmas holidays begin, younger visitors will be able to follow a ‘Ducking and...
  • Blog Post: Room for two more?

    Late stayers at Burton Mere Wetlands have seen the (phenomenal) little egret roost receive a couple of new lodgers over the past few weeks - two great white egrets! Several reports of great white egret at Parkgate led the staff here to carefully examine everyone of the 200+ little egrets that come...
  • Blog Post: Parkgate Project

    Dear All, If you have been down to Parkgate recently you may have been surprised to see a few changes to the landscape...... Through a joint project with Cheshire West & Cheshire Council, Neston Town Council, The Parkgate Society and the RSPB has been carrying out some habitat works on the...
  • Blog Post: A bank holiday boom

    With the wonderful weather we've had over the past few days, things have been busy down here at the reserve. Although the weather may have cooled down the bird action certainly hasn't with this morning bringing with it some brilliant views of a female marsh harrier and a male hen harrier , both...
  • Blog Post: Dusk Walk Delivers

    Thank you to all those who have attended our trail Monday evening dusk walks ... I hope you'll agree that the site of our resident great white egrets coming into roost right over your heads was worth it! Other sightings from Monday include green woodpecker, male hen harrier, peregrine, siskin...
  • Blog Post: A nice bit of Ruff ...

    With the weather taking a turn for the worse birding has become slightly moe difficult as birds take refuge (getting decent pictures has been even tougher!). So as soon as the clouds broke I popped down to the hide where this stunning looking male ruff was waiting to have its picture taken. This...
  • Blog Post: What's going on over there ... ?

    Those of you who have a tendency for noticing subtle things may well have already spotted a few strange blokes wandering around near to our developing reed-bed. However, there is no need to worry as these contractors are putting together our "Marsh Covert" hide. This hide will form part...