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  • 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 15.11.2013

    It's been a lovely week out on the reserve this week, with lovely cold, crisp mornings trurning into bright clear days. It's times like this I realise just how lucky I am to work in such a fantastic place. Despite the odd frost, we are still seing a few Butterflies and Dragonflies frerquenting...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 01.11.2013

    At first glance the reserve can seem pretty quiet during the month of October. It could be that we are quite spoilt with the range of wildlife we have and can start to overlook how wonderful it is to have Bitterns and Great White Egrets on our doorstep permanently. There's nothing wrong with looking...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 18.10.2013

    Seasonal changes are still very much in evidence on the reserve as the wildlife alters its behaviour in response to the changing weather and daylight patterns. Grass Snakes have disappeared from the reptile area we have created out on site (just a Wood Mouse seen here this week) , the reedbeds are much...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 15.10.2013

    Firstly, apologies for yet another late showing with the blog. Problems with machinery and a full work load have conspired against us and meant a delay for a few days but better late than never I suppose. I'll stick to what was around last week and mention just 1 or 2 things from this week, so I'm...
  • Blog Post: Free Hot Drinks & Slide Show after the Starling Roost this weekend

    After the Starling Roost this Weekend (Saturday 3rd March & Sunday 4th March) you can have a free Hot Drink at Somerset Crafts at the Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Road, Westhay, BA6 9TT. Then Afterwards at 7pm, enjoy a slide show by the RSPB in the nearby classroom. Call (01458) 860426 for...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 09.11.2012

    It's been a pretty dry week at Ham Wall, which has enabled us to work full steam ahead with management work in Phase 1 (the section in front of the 2nd platform) and things are looking really good out there. Most of the ditching work has been completed and we are all but finished with both reed and...
  • Blog Post: Starling Exhibition

    A Starling Exhibition of photographs and canvasses by local resident Anne Henderson will be on display at Somerset Crafts, at The Avalon Marshes Centre on Shapwick Road, Westhay BA6 9TT from January 14th until February 27th. Call 01458 860426 for further information. Come and see the exhibition and...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 14.12.2012

    As I write this the rain is lashing down again at Ham Wall, although the rest of the week has been pretty good, albeit a little chilly. Much of the water on the reserve has been covered with a sheet of ice this week but the wildlife is coping well at present. The evening sunsets have been particularly...
  • 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. ...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 01.02.2013

    It's been a relatively dry week for a change in comparison to many we've had recently, although water levels locally are still high with the last of the snow melt and a few deluges adding to the problems. We have been able to operate our pump for much of the week and are beginning to make some...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 02.11.12

    It's been another busy week at the reserve this week for both staff and our wildlife sightings with plenty of great sightings to report. The 1st platform continues to be a pleasing spectacle, with varying numbers of Lapwing from day to day. Normally 100 or more, but rising today to 200+ a great...
  • 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: Murmurations causing a stir.

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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 16.11.2012

    The final push to complete the work in Phase 1 (the section in front of the 2nd viewing platform) has enabled us to complete the works and we are now allowing water levels to rise in this section. As the levels rise, albeit slowly, the habitat should become suitable for wading birds at first (with several...
  • Blog Post: Swirling Starlings & Captivating Cranes

    The two events showcasing Somersets world beating wildlife have proved so popular that the RSPB has added extra dates. There are new, additional opportunities to see the Avalon Marshes Starlings explode out of their reedbed roost at dawn and to see Somrset's newest residents the Cranes of the Somerset...
  • Blog Post: Starlings - Dawn Explosion Walks

    The RSPB is running 4 special events to witness one of Britain's best natural phenomenons. As many of you know, it can be quite difficult to track down the starling roost due to their unpredictable nature but these events can take that unpredictability away and guarantee the spectacle. Obviously...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 23.11.2012

    We've had some horrendous weather this week with high winds and a LOT of rain. With the surrounding drainage system so high it's over-topping in places Ham Wall is almost full to the brim in some areas and causing a few problems. There is one area of the reserve where we are actually trying to...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Events at RSPB Ham Wall

    Super Starling Saturday & Big Garden Bird Watch Saturday 26th January 2013 10am - 4pm Celebrate our famous Starlings, make a mobile & join in with our monster murmuration. Get ready for the Big Garden Bird Watch, build a nestbox & make bird feeders & learn how to make the most of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 30.11.2012

    It may be cold but at least it's stopped raining and water levels in surrounding ditches are beginning to fall. This now means that we are able to expel some of our excess water too. Several areas of the reserve have risen to levels higher than we would have wished for, but sometimes there's...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 07.01.2013

    Firstly apologies for the lack of blogs recently. Of course, it was the Christmas break but then I had a bout of sickness which means I have only just returned to work. This means there is plenty to catch up with and I have done my best to gleen information from wherever possible - thanks to John Crispin...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 22.02.13

    Firstly, apologies for the lack of recent sightings blogs for the last 2 Friday's. I was on annual leave last week and the week before I had to stay home and nurse my 2 daughters through chicken pox - mildly bird related I guess but I'm back now and ready to blog away. With all the stories of...
  • Blog Post: Loxtons Trail closed at Ham Wall

    Hi Folks, well we managed to keep it open for a few weeks didn't we, but alas we have had to close the Loxtons Trail again. It's not surprising given the amount of rain we've had and the local flooding. The surrounding drains have again been high and backed up into our 'problem area'...