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  • Blog Post: Dove Stone Weekly Update

    Stonechat , Brambling , Jay s and Grouse seen daily from the new Celebration Wood near Ashway Gap. If you'd like more info about the wood and how to get involved please call Jacqui on 01457 819885. Binn Green feeders full of Greenfinches, Goldfinches and Chaffinches as well as Nuthatch , and Great...
  • Blog Post: Latest sightings at Dove Stone

    Lots of activity at the Binn Green feeders with a Nuthatch, Tree Creeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinches, lots of Chaffinches, Blue, Great & Coal Tits, and a lone Brambling and Siskin. This week has seen the return of Greenfinches too. On Sunday there was plenty of action to be viewed from...
  • Blog Post: Reindeer Moss Returns to Dove Stone Bogs in time for Christmas!

    Most of the information and photos in this blog come from knowledgeable RSPB volunteer and local naturalist Ken Gartside...thanks Ken! Good news - a lichen called 'reindeer moss' (work that one out!) has returned to the peat bogs above Dove Stone. This lichen has not previously been seen here...
  • Blog Post: Rare Butterfly doing well at Dove Stone

    The Green Hairstreak, a rare and declining upland butterfly and Bilberry specialist, may be increasing at Dove Stone because of RSPB and United Utilities' management over the past few years! Converting the woodlands from conifer to broadleaved trees has allowed light into the area and the bilberry...
  • Blog Post: Stop and look closer!

    Most of the information and the photos for this blog were kindly provided by Ken Gartside - a local naturalist and one of our regular & valued volunteers. Never mind the birds for once...how about a look at some of Dove Stone's smaller residents? Might not be everyone's cup of tea but...
  • Blog Post: Crossbills are back at Binn Green - including a rare Scandinavian

    A week last Sunday crossbills were spotted for the first time this year at Binn Green, by Dove Stone's stalwart Sunday volunteer John Parker. One of the 8 or 9 birds looked different - and Dove Stone had its first rare bird find! It is a male Two-Barred Crossbill - quite bright red, with two white...
  • Blog Post: Frogs a-croaking, strange fungi, bat boxes and other Dove Stone news

    Lots of Spring activity at Dove Stone this week... Great spotted woodpeckers carrying nesting materials, as sure sign Spring is on the way, seen at Binn Green, along with 30+ siskins , a redpoll and the usual colourful chaffinches and tits. Meadow pipit and grey wagtails at Ashway Gap with ravens...
  • Blog Post: Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Curlew....and Pintail!

    Spring arrivals are definitely making an appearance now, as well as a few unusual visitors passing through...so a quick update of what's been seen at Dove Stone over the last week or so, starting with today and a beautiful Stonechat male and female, perched on the fence on the other side of the watercourse...
  • Blog Post: While Spring is springing...

    With the current mild weather there are lots of signs that Spring is springing - lets hope we don't get a sudden cold spell to confuse everyone! Yesterday the wardens saw their first curlew and lapwing of the season up on the bog and also heard a skylark calling high above. A pair of ravens...
  • Blog Post: Oystercatchers and more!

    Quick update of recent sightings, starting with a pair of Oystercatchers seen on one of the pontoons on Dove Stone reservoir - thanks for the report Rachel from your WeBS count! One Oystercatcher was seen again this morning, and was heard calling as it flew - I really like the sound of it. If you want...
  • Blog Post: Last week's wildlife at Dove Stone

    Last week was mixed weather-wise but there have still been some good bird and wildlife sightings at Dove Stone. Earlier in the week a stoat in ermine (white winter coat) was spotted up near Chew Reservoir and a pair of stonechats at Ashway Gap picnic area. There are still lots of bramblings to be seen...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone wildlife update

    Good numbers of beautiful, bright bramblings seen on the feeders at Binn Green, also large numbers of siskins , alongside the chaffinches , great tits and great spotted woodpecker . Mistle thrush also heard singing. We've had some great views of mountain hares - easily seen at the moment as their...
  • Blog Post: Binn Green Birding

    Today's 30-minutes at Binn Green. Good numbers of Goldfinches on the feeders along with a few Siskin, Greenfinches and Coal, Great and Blue Tit, plenty of Chaffinches groundfeeding, 6 Blackbirds and a Dunnock . Also seen today which I haven't seen so far in these half-hours was a Mistle Thrush...
  • Blog Post: 30-minute birding is back

    Continuing with sightings from 30 minute birding - the idea being to take time out - even if it is just half an hour - from a day to connect a bit more with our everyday surroundings and discover what's about. Here's what I saw in 30 minutes spent at Binn Green watching the feeders yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone's 2013 Round-up

    Back to the blog posts now and I'll be continuing with the 30-minute-birding slot throughout this month - leads ( by coincidence ) nicely into the big garden birdwatch too over January 25th and 26th and promotes the whole thing about recording wildlife. But first a quick look back at 2013's birding...
  • Blog Post: 30-minute birding: day 2 at Binn Green

    Following on from yesterday's sightings up at Binn Green, it's day 2 of the 30-minute birding slot, the idea being to just see how much you can see with half an hour to spare. On and around the feeders at Binn Green this morning there were Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Chaffinch, Blackbird,...
  • Blog Post: 30-minute birding: Binn Green

    How many different birds can you see in just half an hour ? Let's find out in a new 'mini-series' on the blog: 30-minute birding . So, kicking it off this morning in half an hour spent watching the feeders at Binn Green ( and in no particular order ) I saw Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue...
  • Blog Post: Mid December Weekend Sightings

    A quick update with recent sightings from a walk around the main trail at Dove Stone over the weekend. This Sunday was the December BTO wetland birds survey ( Webs ) so time for recording what's on the valley reservoirs at Dove Stone. On the main res. Black Headed Gulls on the sailing club pontoon...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Yesterday's Sightings: Woodcock ( and a squirrel in freefall...)

    An update with a new bird for the Dove Stone reserve 2013 bird list . Walking through the woods yesterday I flushed a Woodcock , which brings our total for this year to 71 . We have records of Woodcock prior to this, but this is our first record for the year. Woodcock are extrememly well camouflaged...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Sightings

    A few recent sightings from around the main trail. Starting up at Binn Green around the feeding area there are good numbers of Goldfinches and Greenfinches , a couple of Brambling and good numbers of Coal, Great and Blue Tit. Also look out for Wren, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker . Last week it looked...
  • Blog Post: From the trail: late November

    An update with recent sightings from around the main trail. Starting at the main car park with an increase in numbers of Black Headed Gulls with around a 100 in number some times. Worth checking for perhaps the odd Common Gull or Lesser Black Backed amongst them. Pied Wagtails on the main reservoir...
  • Blog Post: Dove Stone Sightings

    Some recent sightings from Dove Stone yesterday. Starting up at Binn Green on the feeders plenty of Blue, Great and Coal Tits as well as Chaffinches ground feeding. Also a Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker on the peanut feeders. Dropping down to Yeoman Hey, look out for Goldcrest in the plantations...
  • Blog Post: Sightings from the trail: early November

    A quick update with a few recent sightings of what's about, seen whilst walking the main Dove Stone trail. Starting at the main car park and this end of Dove Stone res there's in the region of fifty Black Headed Gulls on the res itself and on the sailing club pontoons. There's some first...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies Showing Well

    A quick update with some recent sightings at Dove Stone over the last couple of days starting up at Binn Green with regular views of Great Spotted Woodpecker on the peanut feeder and some very vocal juvenile Greenfinches . Around this area and the woods regulars to be seen include Goldfinch, Coal, Great...