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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 05.02.2016

    I wouldn't say spring is in the air but there are certainly a few signs of change on the reserve this week. Snowdrops are out along the rail path, although not yet on the car park boardwalk at the Shapwick end where there are large clumps each year. Birdsong seemed quite significant this morning...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 29.01.2016

    The best news of the week was being able to get the Avalon Hide back open again. As you may know the access had become extremely muddy and too difficult access. It's taken a lot of work in a short space of time but we've done it. Rubber matting has been laid throughout the woodland and beyond...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 22.01.2016

    It was a bit of a shock on Wednesday with temperatures of -6 degrees on the reserve during the day. This however did not stop me from hearing my first booming Bittern of the year. I sounded like it was over at Waltons and boomed in sets of 3 on several occasions. One closer to me tried to reply but let...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 15.01.2016

    A much colder feel this week and it finally felt like winter on the reserve - there were even a couple of icy patches. As with last week there seems to be an upturn in the numbers of wildfowl on the reserve - I have particularly noticed good numbers of Teal this week. The Dusky Warbler was seen again...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 08.01.2016

    Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the first sightings blog of 2016. Having been away over Christmas, it's always nice to get back to work in such a wonderful place. I've tried to keep my eye on things from afar by watching Twitter updates and looking at the Somerset Ornithological Society...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 23.12.2015

    Well, as promised here is another blog just before our Christmas break. It's going to be a bit shorter than normal as I'm posting on Wednesday rather than the usual Friday - I don't fancy working on Christmas day! Several visitors have been in chasing the Dusky Warbler, although perhaps...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 18.12.2015

    Another mild week on the reserve - not really feeling like December. Some of our wildlife is perhaps a little confused too with several common frogs seen in one area this week while staff and volunteers were working, a few sightings of Red Admiral butterfly and even the report of a Swallow flying over...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 11.12.2015

    Another busy week is coming to an end and it seems we're never short of things to talk about. One rarity has popped in this week - a Dusky Warbler, located on the footpath side of reserve. It could still be around having first been spotted on Sunday but again on Wednesday close to the junction...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings and latest news from RSPB Ham Wall - 27.11.2015

    It seems the most welcome news of the week has been the opening of the toilets in the Ham Wall car park (left hand building in the picture). It's been something our growing number of visitors have been wanting for quite a while, so its great to finally get them open. At first there will be limited...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.11.2015

    Lots of great sightings to report this week as well as an update on the new facilities. As you may know the Avalon Hide is now open and is offering great views to visitors over the north of the reserve. The Starlings have been dropping in up this end of the site, so the hide or the 2nd platform have...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 13.11.2015

    The best news of the week is perhaps the long awaited opening of the Avalon Hide. It's been a long time coming but we're finally there. You access iby following the footpath beyond the new bridge and take a left turn up towards the wood. There are plenty of signs out so just follow those. ...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 06.11.2015

    The wet weather and the ongoing bridge closure has certainly kept some visitors away this week. You really should visit though as there is plenty to reward you for your efforts. The bridge closure on the rail path doesn't mean we are closed. All you need to do is walk the footpath on the other...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 30.10.2015

    It's been a fairly quiet week on the reserve despite it being half term. This of course is due in part to the main path closure as the Environment Agency work on their bridge. The reserve is very much open however - you just have to walk down the footpath on the other side of the main drain and cross...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 23.10.2015

    A week this week much like the last - which of course means there's a lot to talk about. There always seems to be plenty going on! Volunteers undertook the monthly WeBS count (Wetland Bird Survey) on Monday but it was fairly quiet as surveys go, although this is nothing new for the October WeBS...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 16.10.2015

    I said last week that it felt more like Autumn and this week has confirmed that feeling. There seems to have been a significant turning of leaf colour around the reserve and some very chilly mornings with a mild frost here and there. This has also heralded the arrival of some winter visitors, with...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 09.10.2015

    There is a real sense of Autumn on the reserve with chillier mornings, damper weather and the changing colours of trees and plants we see every day. There has also been some thick mist hanging over the reserve and the surrounding roads giving that mysterious and almost timeless feel to the Avalon Marshes...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 02.10.2015

    I was away last Friday and didn't get a chance to do the blog so there' s a bit to catch up with. It's been a lovely week this week and we've made a bit of progress with our reed cutting in front of the 1st platform. We hope to finish by next Thursday and begin to raise the water levels...
  • Blog Post: Construction of the new Avalon Hide at Ham Wall

    Here's just a few shots of the new Avalon Hide, currently under construction at Ham Wall. It's going to be a 2 storey hide with a lower walkway at the bottom and a covered upper storey. Looking a bit like Noah's ark. View from the upper storey. Since these photos were...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 18.09.2015

    No doubt the star of the week was the Glossy Ibis. It was first seen on Sunday from the second viewing platform where it showed well for some time. On Monday it was seen here again but also in the section to the left (between the 2 platforms). It was viewed by crossing the new bridge and taking a right...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 11.09.2015

    It's been a lovely warm week on the reserve and it's been a real help to get us catching up with our reedbed management work. We're cutting islands in front of the 1st platform and hopefully it may just be a couple more weeks before we finish and get water levels back up. The weather has...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 04/09/2015

    Firstly, I must apologize again for the lack of blog in the last 2 or 3 weeks. I've been away on annual leave and despite my best efforts to try and squeeze a blog in before I was away, I failed miserably. Unfortunately, I've given myself a lot to catch up with to catch up with. It's probably...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 07.08.15

    With the weather so changeable it's hard to remember sometimes that it's still August - it's almost felt autumnal at times this week. Although it's a quiet time of year for birds on the reserve there is still plenty to report. A good hunt around different areas of the reserve can bring...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 31.07.2015

    I know it's only been a few days since the last one but thought it was well worth getting in the usual Friday blog and getting back on track. I hadn't been well for a few days and it was great to be back at work and catch sight of an Osprey. The bird was looking rather tatty - perhaps after...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 27.07.2015

    Apologies for another late blog - I've been laid out with a sickness bug and have just got back on my feet. I was even happier to be back when I caught up with the Osprey which several people reported to me this morning. It was seen over Waltons (and beyond), Loxtons and from the second platform...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 17.07.2015

    It seems to be slowly creeping towards that very quiet time of year on the reserve. July is half over and August is fast approaching. Many birds are in moult after breeding which makes flight more difficult so they tend to be more hidden and of course there's a lot less singing. They've been...