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  • Blog Post: September

    September is a beautiful month. Containing the lingering warmth of late summer with the start of autumn. The ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;...’ according to the poet John Keats. September sees most swallows migrate south for the warmth...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harriers

    Standing in the car park overlooking Holywell Lake I could see the leisurely wing beats of a female Marsh harrier . Slightly bigger than a buzzard, and with broad wings for a harrier, they are distinctive because of their easily recognisable slow flight and the almost floppy movement of their wings....
  • Blog Post: Butterflies

    A short walk along side Ferry Lagoon this morning, revealed the coloured presence of several different butterflies. I saw the pale yellow and white of Brimstones dancing in the blue sky. Whilst the trees beside the paths were dotted with Speckled wood, Orange tip, Red admiral, and even the occasional...
  • Blog Post: Hello and Welcome!

    Hello and Welcome! I’ve just started working as the Visitor Experience Officer at Fen Drayton Lakes, and on my first day I was lucky enough to see a weasel repeatedly criss-crossing the path in front of me. I have no idea what it was up to, but watching this one move, I could easily understand...
  • Blog Post: Didgeridoos and Cuckoos

    What a busy few weeks it has been at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes. I spent my first day on the reserve yesterday, meeting and greeting visitors and showing them the wonderful wildlife that Fen Drayton Lakes has to offer. It was brilliant to see so many people out and about enjoying the reserve and I particularly...
  • Blog Post: Here come the Hirundinidae

    The sun has certainly been shining at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes over the last few weeks. The increase in warmer weather has meant the arrival of some wonderful spring migrants. The aerial feeders such as swallows, house martins and swifts have been impressing visitors and staff alike, with their fast flight...
  • Forum Thread: Paddy's Pond - sightings and 'visitor book'

    Paddy's Pond was restored as habitat for dragonflies in memory of Paddy Bennett, a man of integrity and an exceptional software engineer, with donations from his family, friends and many colleagues who worked with him over the years and across the world. Paddy loved the countryside, enjoyed bird...
  • Blog Post: Sightings from the weekend

    A quick update with some of the more interesting sightings from last weekend. Two great white egrets have been seen on the reserve as well as being seen at Ouse Fen, they may be the same birds moving around but hopefully we will see more in the future. Reports of greenshank and turnstone on Ferry...
  • Blog Post: Sightings Update

    I thought I would post a quick update with some sightings of note from the reserve this week. Chris, project manager, and Hannah, assistant warden, were lucky enough to see a bittern on Elney Lake on Monday when they were out in the boat surveying the islands. This is the second sighting in 2 weeks as...
  • Forum Thread: Sightings Update

    I thought I would post a quick update with some sightings of note from the reserve this week. Chris, project manager, and Hannah, assistant warden, were lucky enough to see a bittern on Elney Lake on Monday when they were out in the boat surveying the islands. This is the second sighting in 2 weeks as...
  • Blog Post: Spring shots

    The early spring this year has meant lots of wildlife to see out and about at Fen Drayton lately, and decent weather for enjoying it! Here's a round-up of some great moments captured on camera - thank you Guy and Steve for sharing these on the reserve photos page. Sunrise over the lakes by...
  • Blog Post: Still flooded, but on the otter hand...

    Volunteers Melvyn and Brenda braved the floods over the weekend and were rewarded with a glimpse of this chap, swimming over what's usually a footpath south-west of Drayton Lagoon. Otter by Melvyn and Brenda Smith We may know they're there, but it has to be a lucky day to actually...
  • Blog Post: Flooding update

    The flooding has gone down enough that the car park is currently accessible again. However, water levels are still high around the reserve, and more wet weather could bring flooding across the entrance road again. The trails and Busway cyclepath are still under water in places, and the surface...
  • Forum Thread: Winter wildlife sightings

    A new sightings thread for the winter months. Please tell us about your wildlife encounters at Fen Drayton Lakes, common or rare - not only is it nice to share, it helps fellow visitors know what to look out for and helps us keep a record of the wildlife here from month to month. There's also now...
  • Blog Post: Duck and cover

    Next time you approach the hide overlooking Moore Lake, take a moment to admire the new living willow screen on your right: Volunteer work party The screen is designed to grow over time to conceal people approaching the hide, so that the birds on Moore Lake don't take off in alarm as you...
  • Blog Post: Starlings starting to gather!

    Starlings by David Kjaer (rspb-images.com) At this time of year dark clouds begin to form in the sky above fields, woodlands and reedbeds. But these are no ordinary clouds - they're one of the UK's most incredible wildlife spectacles. Throughout the autumn and winter months, hundreds of...
  • Blog Post: Early autumn highlights

    Well, the summer holidays are over but if you like blackberry-picking, crunching fallen leaves and stomping in muddy puddles then there’s no need to be sad! September and October bring with them a whole new set of memorable experiences and wildlife encounters. Many creatures will be heading...
  • Blog Post: Summer round-up

    With the mornings turning chilly and the nights drawing in, autumn is definitely on the way. But before we look forward to the highlights to come – leaf-crunching, fungi-hunting, migrant-spotting and many more – here’s a round-up of the summer on the reserve. The delicious blackberry...
  • Forum Thread: Fen Drayton Lakes Sightings - Please post your sightings here...

    Please post your notable sightings on this thread. Notable means notable to you - no matter how common! Not only is it nice to share, but we can use the information in our casual sightings records to help maintain a picture of species and numbers on the reserve. I'll set the ball rolling:- ...
  • Forum Thread: Wildlife sightings - June

    I thought we better start a fresh sightings thread for the summer, now the original one has got rather long! Please share your wildlife encounters at Fen Drayton Lakes, common or rare - not only is it nice to share, it helps fellow visitors know what to look out for and helps us keep a record of the...
  • Blog Post: Superb Sunday

    Sunshine, clear skies, no wind, lots of visitors...and 83 bird species reported by the visitors and our volunteers. No-one relocated the great grey shrike, so we have to assume it has moved on, but keen-eyed and keen-eared people did find bearded reedlings, bramblings, siskins and redpolls, a marsh harrier...
  • Blog Post: brick-red beauties

    Another day of dreary weather, but around 100 brick-red beauties rewarded some optimistic visitors who happened to be here mid afternoon. Which brick-red beauties? Black-tailed godwits in breeding plumage. Earlier in the day people had seen flocks passing overhead, but finally one flock landed...
  • Blog Post: fly-by-nights

    Saturday didn't seem the best weather to go out here, but dodging the downpours was worthwhile to see a party of eight black terns here at Fen Drayton Lakes. There were juvenile and adult birds in the group, the latter were all moulting into their non-breeding plumage, and they were hunting the same...
  • Blog Post: hen harrier again

    A ring-tailed hen harrier and common buzzard have been seen this afternoon, having a tussle above our neighbour's fields alongside the entrance road.
  • Blog Post: one or thousands? two spectacles

    A drake long-tailed duck is currently on Swavesey Lake - very convenient for me to see on my way from the office to watch the starling roost at Holywell Lake yesterday afternoon. Long-tailed ducks are usually found in coastal waters around the northern parts of the UK, so a small lake in Cambridgeshire...