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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” Dickens We enjoyed a very pleasant Wednesday Wildlife Wander on the reserve this morning. Last month's walk was pretty arctic, and looking at the...
13 Mar 2013
Every autumn, Cambridgeshire Bird Club coordinates a ‘raptor watch’ at the same time at various spots around the county. For two hours everyone scans the skies for birds of prey. The records from this co-ordinated count help illustrate local breeding successes and migration. This year...
21 Sep 2012
back to autumn - or forward?
The weather certainly hasn't been remotely summery over the Jubilee weekend, but birds have been getting on with their busy lives. A pair of blackcaps has been working hard throughout, flying with caterpillars from a hedge to their nest in some bushes, then back to trhe hedge a few moments later...
5 Jun 2012
what a difference from last Sunday
With temperatures in the high 20s in the car park, where we were sheltered from the cooling breeze, it was hard to believe that temperatures in the same spot last weekend were in single figures. A red kite flew over as we were setting up the information point, at least 10 black terns spent the day...
27 May 2012
a cold weekend, but ...
...the birds were worth making the effort of putting on the winter clothes. We had hundreds of low-flying swifts, swallows and house martins hawking over lakes and tracks, and occasionally swifts whizzed through the car park at ankle height. Fantastic, though risky! A black tern was watched on Ferry...
20 May 2012
Water levels are falling slowly, and paths still have standing water in places, but the bird watching has been very good recently. We watched at least five hobbies flying together, catching damselflies and eating them as the predators continued to fly. Common terns seemed to be favouring one area...
17 May 2012
Car park open again
Flooding has receded and our car park is accessible again, but with more heavy rain forecasted, please keep checking the situation with us before making a long journey. An avocet flew over the car park just after people left following our guided walk this morning; we had birded along Holywell Ferry...
9 May 2012
eye to eye with a swallow
Swallows and house martins have provided some of the best wildlife moments this weekend here at Fen Drayton Lakes. A group of families came to us yesterday for the first in a series of visits. Yesterday’s event was dry, though the wind was cold, so we went in search of shelter, behind trees...
29 Apr 2012
Wildlife Explorers discover Stumpy
The RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes Wildlife Explorers group met for the first time on Saturday afternoon. A busy programme of activities was put together, with the main one being a bug hunt. Many of our members are already experts at this, as they've joined us on these events in the past, so they needed...
22 Apr 2012
Fen Drayton 10K run, May 2011
Just some of the runners, almost at the half-way mark. (photo: Gill Parrish)
16 Nov 2011
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