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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 01.05.2015

    It's been yet another busy week for visitors on the reserve - helped in some way by the Hudsonian Godwit that's been frequenting our neighbors reserve at Natural England's Shapwick Heath. Many people have made a day of it and got there rarity and then come to visit us. There's been...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.04.2015

    It's felt like summer for much of the week at the reserve and visitors have been out in their droves enjoying the local reserves and what they have to offer. It's certainly been busy - thank you to those of you who sent me information or photos to include in the blog this week - at least 6 of...
  • 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 - 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 - 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: 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 14.04.2012

    A day later with the blog this week, as I've been off since Wednesday and therefore have had to do a bit of digging to get some interesting sightings to report - and there have been several. Good Friday did indeed turn out to be good for a select few, who witnessed an Osprey flying over Ham Wall...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 17.02.2012

    The slightly milder weather this week has thawed out the reserve and so birds have been able to move around a little more freely. Most noticeably there has been an increase in Bittern activity this week. There have been several sightings in front of the first viewing platform and within Waltons. 4 different...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 16.03.2012

    It's been a very misty week in general on the Avalon Marshes and this has meant a slightly cooler week too, but this has not dampened the spirits of our breeding birds. This week, staff and volunteers at Ham Wall had an extra early start, coming in at 5am on Thursday morning to undertake the first...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 03.02.2012

    Well it's certainly been a colder week, with snow on Monday and temperatures on Friday as I arrived at work at 8.30am as low as minus 7. So not surprisingly, large areas of the reserve have iced up and large numbers of water fowl are gathered in the unfrozen areas. The best places for viewing these...
  • Blog Post: First Swallows of the season at Ham Wall

    Reported to me today at 3.30pm ( I missed them by seconds myself), 2 Swallows flying left to right in front of the first viewing platform at Ham Wall. No Sand Martins as yet but only a matter of time. Also a great looking male Marsh Harrier hunting over Loxtons 3.35pm and another male seen just a...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 08.06.2012

    Well, with a pretty wet weekend, 2 bank holidays & two days of consistent rain and high wind it could of been a tall order to find much to blog about this week, but I've gathered together as much info as I could, so here goes. Last weekend saw the Avalon 24 event held over local reserves,...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 03.05.2013

    Another great week nearly over, with once again plenty to report. The wonderful weather and the amazing variety of birds on show at Ham Wall & Shapwick Heath has proved to be a big draw for visitors and we have been very busy all week. The new car park for Ham Wall (work should begin in August) can't...
  • Blog Post: Pied Billed Grebe at Ham Wall

    Always nice to report a rarity on site. This bird was first sighted on Ham Wall on Friday 15th in the afternoon from the second viewing platform. It was still there yesterday and has been attracting quite a lot of attention from birders - many whom have travelled considerable distances to see it. ...