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  • Gallery Exhibition by Illustrator Phil Hayes 20th January – 20th March

    The new exhibition at Geltsdale Visitor Centre features the work of London based illustrator Phil Hayes. Inspired by childhood books and charts, he presents a series of pen and ink portraits of British birds.  

    Working in black and white, and with little or no attention paid to background details, the work focuses on the subject matter itself; the form, shape and pattern of a particular species. These detailed and sometimes stark images offer something a little different for the viewer. 

    Limited edition prints of all images featured in the exhibition are available for sale.

  • Major Jim Penton

    RSPB Geltsdale would like to acknowledge the dedicated work of local resident Jim Penton, who died on 24th December 2014 at the age of 94. 

    Jim, a retired Army Major, collected weather data for the Environment Agency since 1st January 1990, which he kindly passed on to the reserve for our records. 

    Jim’s service of thanks giving was held at Lanercost Priory on Wednesday January 7th, by the Reverend Dr Rod Allon-Smith, followed by a gathering for family and friends at Brampton Golf Course. 

    Stephen Westerberg, Reserve Manager attended the service on behalf of RSPB Geltsdale

  • Late Ring Ouzel

    A late Ring Ouzel was found and photographed by Adam Moan near Tindale Tarn on Sunday. This is the latest ever record for the reserve, although we have had November records of this summer visitor before. The bird in the photo was with Fieldfares, there are thousands on the reserve at the moment, mainly feeding on hawthorn berries. There are also Redwings in some of the flocks and a few Lesser Redpolls. Good numbers of Snipe have been seen and on Tindale Tarn there are slightly higher numbers of Tufted Duck and Pochard and a few Goldeneye are there too. The occasional Whooper Swans have been dropping in and also the occasional flock of Pink-footed Geese flying over.