Places to visit

Places to visit

Places to visit
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Latest blog posts
  • Dee Estuary

    Monday 31 August 2015 - Today's highlights

    Cormorant by John Hewitt Marsh harrier - 3 together hunting behind scrape Sparrowhawk - 1 on island on scrape Ruff - 20+ on scrape Spotted redshank - 1 on scrape Greenshank - 4 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Black-tailed godwit...
  • Dearne Valley

    Threes - Sightings, 31 Aug.

    Hi Folks! Crikey, it’s a busy blog today so I shall get right to it but first I just have to thank Jenny Gray for going the extra mile in response a question I raised in yesterday’s blog. As an aside I asked what the collective noun for kingfishers...
  • Ramsey Island and Grassholm

    Keeping the flies at bay

    Each spring and late summer we treat our sheep to prevent a particularly nasty condition called 'fly strike'. The green bottle fly ( Lucilia sericata) lay their eggs in the wool of sheep and when the maggots hatch they have a ready food source...
  • Coombes & Churnet Valley

    Where has the summer gone?

    August: the hottest month of the year, the height of summer. Yeah right. So we may not have had the greatest summer this year (and certainly not at Coombes) but that doesn’t mean there’s not still a lot to appreciate. Even in August (the...
  • Minsmere

    A soggy end to summer

    It seems that as far as the weather was concerned I picked the right week to leave the country, as while I was enjoying (some) sun in central France, the UK was experiencing somewhat variable, and at times very wet weather. And in typical Bank Holiday...
Latest photos
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Coal tit on window feeder

This cheeky fellow landed on my window feeder at The Lodge to grab a sunflower seed
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Bee on purple flower

I took this photo in the formal gardens at The Lodge - great for insects!
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Damselfly loveheart

The old swimming pool in the gardens is now a whopping big wildlife pond. Take a look during spring and...
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Smooth newts can be seen in the smaller ponds at The Lodge. This was taken at the pond on the old heath...
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The sheep at The Lodge help to control (eat) vegetation in some parts of the reserve.
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Autumn splendour

The gardens look great right through the year at The Lodge. Here's a view of the back of the 19th...
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Hornet mimicing hoverfly

We saw this beast on one of the buddleia bushes at The Lodge. It's cool isn't it?
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Aug 2nd 2009 Our 3 Osprey "chicks"

Snip taken from a view of the nest
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Garten? 02-0809

Capture from LG cam
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The Osprey Centre

A Loch Garten osprey's view of the Visitor Centre. Now everybody wave!
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The earth moved

Well it's started this small beast will move upto 40 tons in a load but it will still take 3 months...
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