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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Raptor Watch

    A big thank you to the eleven people who joined Ricky & I for the Raptor Watch on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the weather did not help, with a freezing cold northly wind blowing across the lakes. However, we did manage to see four common buzzards, two kestrels and a female sparrowhawk. All of...
  • Blog Post: Short-eared Owls

    One of the nice features, this winter, has been the presence of up to three short-eared owls hunting over the fields along our Entrance Track. The following photographs were taken by Garth Peacock, on Friday 27th January 2012. Watch out for the owls from around 3pm onwards. They favour...
  • Blog Post: more cuckoos, more warblers

    In fact, more of most! An early morning mooch around in the mist this morning showed up thousands of cobwebs, which had caught droplets of moisture. As the sun burnt through, birds began to sing at full volume, including several garden warblers. Two of them were in a three-cornered competition with a...
  • Blog Post: Saturday starlings again

    I've been stuck in the office all day, and was just beginning to feel pleased that I've got through a lot of work, when one of our volunteers phoned me. The news was frustrating - I've missed another superb flying display! Perhaps as many as 5000 birds put on a brilliant performance, with...
  • Blog Post: phew, what a great weekend

    We started off with a wheatear on the field next ot the car park on Friday morning, and great views of a cuckoo using the fence posts as look-out posts, and finished with our first swifts of 2011 on Monday evening. In between, we've been listening to 10 species of warbler, a nightingale and many...
  • Blog Post: A Purr-fect Monday?

    Well, after fabulous weather for the previous bank holiday weekends, this one has been much more typical. Cold winds gave way to rain today, but we had one of those moments when you really need eyes in the back of your head. A turtle dove was heard singing close to the information point at the car...