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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 17.04.2015

    Things are certainly hotting up on the reserve - in more ways than one. A beautiful week has seen plenty of visitors to the reserve enjoying the sunshine and they have been rewarded with a host of wildlife. Migrants arriving - some staying and some just passing through - but it's a time to keep...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.04.2015

    It's been a wonderful week at Ham Wall - the sun has been shining making it almost feel like summer and the wildlife is very active. It's a special time of year for wildlife enthusiasts as creatures awaken from winter slumbers and migrants are on the move. Ham Wall has had its share with grass...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings RSPB Ham Wall - week 21st - 27th March 2015

    Apologies for the lateness of this blog. Technical issues and being absent from work for a couple of days have really delayed this one! It was written ready for last Friday so concentrates up to that date only...... Another steady week of activity on the reserve this week as we await the big April...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.03.2015

    Spring has most definitely sprung and the evidence is all around. Last weekend saw the arrival of 100's of Sand Martins on the reserve and even during this week small groups c20 can be seen most days. They are not always flying low though so familiarising yourself with their call can help you locate...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 02.03.2015

    Apologies for the slightly delayed blog this week, I'm afraid I was unable to attend work on Friday so it's been pushed onto today! All the photos this week come from the Waltons area of the reserve, where there seems to have been plenty of action this past week. Following on from last weeks...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.02.2015

    A bit of a mixed week at Ham Wall this week with some glorious weather for a couple days and a miserable day yesterday. It's been busy though with lots of visitors, including families, over the half term break. There's been plenty for people to enjoy, with the increase in birdsong of particular...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 13.02.2015

    It may still be February but I'm thinking about the arrival of Spring - one of my favourite times of year. There seems to have been an increase in bird song in the past week, showing I'm not the only one with spring on his mind. Blackbirds, Dunnock, Blue Tits & Great Tits and a multitude...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 30.01.2015

    Plenty of testing weather on the reserve this week with high winds, driving rain, hail and snow to deal with but none the less we're making plenty of progress. The view from the 1st platform will reveal that work has started on the Avalon hide to the left of the Central Wood. Telegraph poles have...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.06.2014

    Another very hot week on the reserve. It's hard going out there undertaking work on the reserve and must be too for wildlife busy nurturing and feeding youngsters during this time. I'm not going to complain too much given the weather conditions we were experiencing in the early part of the year...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 13.06.2014

    An absolute scorcher on the reserve this week. It must be a little harder for some of our species battling to feed hungry youngsters in such hot conditions -perhaps evenings and early mornings will offer more success for visitors. Some of the reserves inhabitants seem to thrive in these conditions. There...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 06.06.2014

    A fairly similar week to last week - this of course means plenty of wildlife on offer. Bitterns continue to make themselves quite obvious and there's always a good chance of a sighting or two every day. There are still sightings of multiple birds at the same time with several birds seen chasing...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 02.05.2014

    Another busy week on the reserve has seen a slight increase in Bittern activity - as is normal for the month of May! Staff & volunteers will be out on a weekly basis recording flights and behaviour from Bitterns to try and establish the number and location of nests and later, if possible, establish...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 11.04.2014

    Firstly, apologies for the 2 week break with no blog. A mixture of me being away and computer issues have caused the delay. It leaves me however with a lot of catching up to do, so I'll start with a short round up of the 2 missed weeks before moving onto the last 7 days. The end of March still...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 21.03.2014

    Things are moving on at a pace on the reserve with the arrival of c200 House Martins today, giving great views over Walton Heath. Some Sand Martins have also been seen but not in the same numbers, just small pockets of between 7 & 12 birds but a sure sign of good things to come. Skylarks have also...
  • Blog Post: Booming marvelous!! Bitterns in the Avalon Marshes

    Emerging bleary eyed form their winter hibernation, the staff and volunteers from the Avalon Marshes conservation organisations (RSPB, NE and SWT), set their alarms clocks for ridiculous ‘o’clock and proceeded to perambulate the marshy tracks of their respective reserves, ears alert for the...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.03.2014

    Spring has continued to make its mark on the reserve this week and the evidence is there for all to see. The best news this week came from our early morning Bittern survey on Thursday with a minmum of 21 booming males counted on Ham Wall alone. 41 in total for the Avalon Marshes (with some areas not...
  • Blog Post: Somerset - Heron County

    Welcome to heron county - Somerset! Somerset is home to lots of different herons, especially on RSPB reserves where we do our best to create and maintain the right homes or ‘habitat’ for these birds. In the last four years, as well as grey heron and little egret, the great white egret...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 07.03.2014

    Spring has most definitely sprung at Ham Wall. I enjoyed a fantastic moring on the reserve: the sun was shining some trees are in blossom and in bud, birds are singing their hearts out establishing territories, Bitterns are booming, butterflies and other insects are out and about and there's just...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 21.02.2014

    It's been a much better week weather wise on the reserve and it really shows with the reserve full of bird song during the sunny spells. Most noticeable this week have been Blue Tits, Dunnocks and Wrens perching up and singing loudly. Wrens can often be seen flitting in amongst brambles or thickets...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.02.2014

    Once again, not surprisingly, it's the weather dominating all the headlines - and it's no different here I'm afraid. Wednesday and today have been particularly bad, with high winds and torrential rain at times. Thursday saw snow, sleet and rain but despite all this it was generally quite...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 31.01.2014

    The winter months are hard enough for our birds & Wildlife but the perpetual rain we are experiencing on the Levels recently must really be causing a problem for some species. There are some spectacular sights though if you know where to look with thousands of Wigeon, hundreds of Pintail and several...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.01.2014

    I've been lucky enough to have been on annual leave this week until today. This of course makes it hard to gather information to pass on in the blog but thanks to John Crispin and Ray Summers and 30 mins out on site myself, I think I've gathered sufficient data, so here goes! Volunteers undertook...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 10.01.2014

    The Somerset Levels have continued to take a hammering this last week with more rain falling to add to the plentiful supply of water we already have. Water Levels are high across the reserve but we seem to be fairing quite well, with just the Loxtons loop being closed. Surrounding roads are passable...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 01.03.2013

    The drier weather has continued this week and this has been a great help to staff in lowering water levels around the site to get them at the optimum level for our breeding birds. Fairly large numbers of visitors have continued to flow through the reserve this week in search of the Pied Billed Grebe...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 20.01.12

    There's still plenty happening on the reserve this week, with several interesting sightings and occurrences. One of the most significant came on Monday, while 3 volunteers were undertaking the monthly WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey). In the north of the reserve a Bittern was heard to grunt (a sound often...