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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 30.03.2012

    It's been a very warm week on the reserve as everywhere and there's been a real buzz of activity. Birds are most definitely on the move with a few Swallows seen on the reserve this week as I reported in a previous blog. However, it appears that some Sand Martins did beat them after all. On Thursday...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 26.04.2013

    Another bumper week of sightings on the reserve this week, with yet again plenty to report. In fact one of our volunteers and local birdwatcher Joe Cockram got over 90 species from Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath on his visits to the reserves on Monday. That's pretty impressive and shows just how well...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightins at RSPB Ham Wall 02.03.2012

    Well there's certainly more than a hint of spring in the air this week, with some glorious days to be out and about on the reserve. There have been birds in full song such as Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock and Great Tit amongst others all creating a dawn chorus feel during the...
  • Blog Post: Bittern Monitoring at Ham Wall

    People often ask how we know how many Booming males there are in total or how we know how many nests we have, so I thought I would write a quick blog to explain how we do it. Of course booming Bitterns are quite obvious but they can move around a bit so the best way to get an accurate total is to have...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.04.2013

    Firstly, please accept my apologies for the missing blog last Friday, I was away from work for the whole week, so this week we have a bit of catching up to do. Overview of last week (30th Mar-5th April) Sand Martins and Swallows continued to arrive on the reserve and were greeted by some quite...
  • Blog Post: Bitterns in Hot Pursuit

    May is a great month to be watching Bitterns and Ham Wall has got to be one of the best sites to watch Bitterns in the country. So, every Thursday in May, staff and volunteers will be 'on hand' at the first viewing platform to show the public these great birds. In May Bitterns will still be...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 27.04.2012

    Hi All, well it's been another pretty miserable week as far as the weather goes but it's not been an uneventful week on the reserve. There are plenty of warblers out on the reserve to keep people occupied, with as usual, the railway path tree line proving very fruitful, with a good number of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 07.12.2012

    Some more great sightings for you this week. The stars of the week turned up yesterday (x2) and more joined them today. This morning 6 Waxwings were present (and still there at lunchtime when I left) in the Alder trees surrounding the car park at Ashcott Corner and also feeding in the small Rowan Tree...