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  • Blog Post: Summer migrants arrive

    The settled weather over recent weeks has resulted in a good number of summer migrants turning up a little earlier than usual. The first Pied Flycatcher was found in the Lower Hide area at Nagshead on April 10th, followed by two singing Redstarts in Russell's Inclosure on April 12th. The table below...
  • Blog Post: Rare birds, large mammals and clear skies at last

    After such wet and windy weather over the Christmas period, it has been nice to have some clear crisp winter days over the past week. Several bird species have been heard singing at Nagshead due to the mild weather, including Mistle Thrush , Song Thrush and Goldcrest . On Friday 10 th January, Two-barred...
  • Blog Post: Winter begins

    The recent frosts and a breezy day on Friday finally persuaded the trees at Nagshead to shed their leaves. A gust of wind now creates a blizzard of orange leaves and yellow larch needles. The reserve seems quiet again now, but winter birds have been arriving in good numbers. Redwings can be seen foraging...
  • Media: Hawfinch feeding Juvenile.

    Found on the short trail , well up in the canopy. I'd like to think this is an unusual Photograph , and was pleased that this was my first Hawfinch sighting after many years of searching. Thank you to chris the RSPB warden at the visitors centre for invaluable information on where to begin looking...
  • Blog Post: Birding bonanza

    Some fantastic birding at Nagshead today, with at least four Hawfinches feeding on the berry laden Rowan trees in the small clearing at the furthest point on the Short Trail. Other species that can be seen feeding here include Bullfinches and Blackcaps . Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes , RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher surprise at Nagshead

    We regularly get a post breeding Kingfisher v isiting the ponds at Lower Hide from mid-July through to autumn. Undoubtedly it just takes a short D tour from the Cannop Brook across the road around 100 metres away. This year I was looking forward to bumping into the Kingfisher on the reserve again as...
  • Blog Post: Nest records begin!

    With the weather being so up and down in the past two months I was convinced that our first nest record at Nagshead would be an early Robin or Mistle Thrush but, to my complete surprise, I was lucky enough to witness a mating pair of Crossbills last week and watch the female busily collecting nesting...
  • Blog Post: King of the finches!

    At least two Hawfinches have been feeding on sloes and hawthorn berries along the entrance track to Nagshead for the past few days. They are such incredible birds and high on many peoples must see list. It has been a real privilege to watch them behaving naturally and even having scraps with Blackbirds...
  • Blog Post: What a place!

    It has been a fantastic week on the reserves and looking at the list of sightings you would be forgiven for thinking we were in a remote area of Eastern Europe or Scandinavia rather than Gloucestershire! Hawfinches performing courtship displays, Brambling flocks feeding on beech mast, nest building Crossbills...
  • Blog Post: A damp and dreary morning, but still a smile on my face.

    I thought I'd start the day with a quick walk around the short trail. As the breeding season draws to a close I have little idea what to expect to see and hear as I walk around. The now familiar sound of nuthatches accompanied my walk, with tits, wrens and robins joining in from time to time. ...
  • Blog Post: Great summer wildlife!

    On the surface it may seem a little on the quiet side at Nagshead at this time of year, but some great wildlife has been seen recently. There has been a family party of Hawfinches hanging around the car park area for a week or so and Crossbills can still be seen around the heath on the Long Trail. Look...
  • Blog Post: Hawfinch welcome

    The two Hawfinches from the previous post have now increased to a flock of at least eight! They are still feeding on the same blackthorn and hawthorn bushes at the start of the entrance track up to Nagshead visitor centre giving our visitors a very warm and exciting welcome to the reserve. As you pass...
  • Blog Post: Winter birds and volunteer work parties

    Many of our winter birds have already arrived, with two Bramblings , eight Fieldfares and 30 Redwings seen at Nagshead today! The Bramblings were feeding on Beech mast with three Hawfinches and a small flock of Chaffinches along the main forestry track between Campbell Hide and the heath area. Redwings...
  • Blog Post: Finch frenzy!

    I've just returned to the office from Nagshead and have to share the wildlife spectacle that I have just witnessed. First let me set the scene, it was rotten earlier today with heavy rain and strong winds, but this afternoon the wind dropped and the sky cleared, the low sun lighting up the yellows...