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  • Blog Post: Wildlife walk round Yeoman Hey

    On Sunday 7th November I will making my third attempt to lead the Yeoman Hey walk I hoped to do on the 26th September and 3rd October. On both the previous days the weather was so bad that it would have been impossible to see anything or even carry out the briefest conversation about the area or its...
  • Blog Post: Peregrinations

    I t's been a while since we've written a Peregrine update. Since the four young Peregrines have fledged if you've come down to Ashway Gap you might have caught sight of both young and adult birds flying together and giving us some really spectacular aerial displays. Over the last couple...
  • Blog Post: Crossbills

    Sunday gave us great views of a flock of over twenty Crossbills feeding on a Larch just past Ashway Gap. It's the first time that we've seen Crossbills on this side of Dove Stone; so far the best place to see Crossbills has been at Binn Green. At Ashway Gap itself there were two male Bullfinches...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone this week

    There’s been some spectacular mornings and evenings at Dove Stone over the last few days, particularly with the early morning light and the reflections in the reservoirs whilst the water is at its stillest. From Binn Green there have been recent sightings of Bullfinch, Brambling, Siskin,...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone news

    The last two weeks since I last posted to the blog have seen changes in the woodlands at Dove Stone. The yellows and oranges are really noticeable amongst the usual green of the trees now. Autumn is really here. We've also seen in this time an end to the Peregrine watch at Ashway Gap. A big...
  • Blog Post: The weekend at Dove Stone

    Watching wildlife is always an exciting experience, particularly when you seen something up close: for me this weekend at Dove Stone it was watching Treecreeper. It's a bird I've seen often but I was still blown away at how beautiful this small bird is. The colours of the feathers on its back...
  • Blog Post: January Sightings at Dove Stone

    A quick update on what's out and about this month so far. This week at Binn Green we've seen Crossbills feeding on the Larch cones. Good one. In fact, the whole area around Binn Green has been absolutely buzzing so it's worth checking out. On and around the feeders at Binn Green we've...
  • Blog Post: Green Tigers

    A quick update on a couple of sightings today. Crossbills have been seen up at Binn Green with the males looking particularly spectacular. Over at Chew Brook we've had sightings of Tree Pipit . At Dove Stone, of course, our main Pipit is the Meadow Pipit . Also a Reed Bunting has been seen from the...
  • Blog Post: The European Cave Spider

    So, Dove Stone and the RSPB aren't all about birds, right ? Right. The European Cave Spider ( Meta menardi ). A first for Dove Stone's records. And this spider has only been recorded around 400 times since 1800. The thinking is that it's probably under recorded in general due to its preferred...
  • Blog Post: What's About at Dove Stone This Week

    If you're thinking coming to Dove Stone anytime soon here's what's been seen recently. Wheatears have now returned - have a look for them around hillsides up from Chew Brook onwards. In the same area look out for Stonechat and Reed Buntings . Along the way there's lots of Willow Warblers...
  • Blog Post: BioBlitz Day and the no1 species in our Dove Stone Top-10 Countdown

    Our BioBlitz has finally arrived and today is all about finding, identifying and recording as much wildlife as we can at Dove Stone. And if we can record much more than the 400 species we recorded last year that will be really good. We want to show just how much biodiversity there is at Dove Stone. ...
  • Blog Post: What's about at Dove Stone

    A quick update on what's about at Dove Stone. Up at the Binn Green feeding zone there's plenty of action with large groups of Siskins as well as regulars Goldfinch, Greenfinch and lots of Great, Blue, Coal and Long tailed tits. Also in the Binn Green area there have been recent sightings of Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: Bird of the Day: Crossbill

    Bird of the day for sure is the female Crossbill seen at Binn Green today. Also up at Binn Green plenty of Siskin to be seen plus good numbers of regulars Chaffinch , Blue , Great and Coal T it . Also seen today at Binn Green two Great Spotted Woodpecker , Mistle Thrush and Treecreeper . Elsewhere around...
  • Blog Post: Wardening Work Parties: June Update

    Here's an update from last week from the volunteer work parties. Thanks go to John for highlighting the good work as well as some of the issues that arise at Dove Stone... ' Friday 1 st Jess, Ian G., and I worked with Kate and Jon at Binn Green. Today we finished digging out the foundations...
  • Blog Post: Good Sightings at Dove Stone

    A quick update with recent sightings both this week and last. Dove Stone reservoir usually has a good amount of Black Headed Gulls , and this week there have easily been 100+ on the res at any one time. Always worth a scan for something more unusual in the mix of Black Headed Gulls though ! On...
  • Blog Post: An update for the last week of May

    Recent sightings from Dove Stone this week include three Crossbills up at Binn Green this morning as well as a Spotted Flycatcher seen up at Binn Green yesterday. Regular sightings around the Binn Green feeders of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Jays, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Treecreeper and...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Work Parties: June Update

    Here's an update from last week from the volunteer work parties. Thanks go to John for highlighting the good work as well as some of the issues that arise in open access areas for livestock and tenant farmers. ' Friday 1 st Jess, Ian G., and I worked with Kate and Jon at Binn Green. Today...
  • Blog Post: What's About: mid-August

    A quick update on what's around and about at the moment. On the bird front recent sightings include some good raptors: two Merlins , one chasing and catching a Meadow Pipit , two Red Kites, Peregrine , two Sparrowhawk and a family of five Kestrels . Last year we also had good, frequent sightings...
  • Blog Post: Bramblings: 80+ and increasing?

    A quick update with news that there is now a large group of about 80 Brambling at Dove Stone. Over the last few weeks the numbers have been increasing and they were largely around the memorial woodland and Chew Brook. This group seen today was at Ashway Gap where there are some mature beech trees which...