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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: 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'...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 26.10.2012

    The area in front of the 1st viewing platform continues to offer a wide range of birds to please the more experienced birder as well as the newbies. Good numbers of Wigeon, Mallard and Gadwall are easy to see along with groups of Shoveler (more in Waltons too) and a few Teal, which prove harder to...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 22.03.2013

    Although there is a hint of spring on the reserve, it seems the winter is reluctant to release its grip for the moment. It's been a cold and wet couple of days on the reserve and wildlife has seemed more reluctant too to show its face - not surprising (I've felt the same way). There has been...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 21.12.2012

    Well, as suggested by some, the world didn't end today and the reserve is indeed full of life. A visit out this very morning proved highly productive with a host of species on show. The female Smew is still present from the 1st platform but often swims down the channels and is hidden from view. Today...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 18.01.2013

    It's been a very snowy day today so was unable to get into work myself what with school closures etc. I also can't be of too much assistance in giving info about the state of the roads close to the reserve but if you are out and about take great care or seek other local knowledge before traveling...
  • Blog Post: Avalon Marshes Starling Hotline

    Yes, it's that time of year again and Starlings are beginning to swarm over Ham Wall at Dusk. The Avalon Marshes Starling Hotline is now LIVE . This is a recorded message telling you where the last known location of the Starling roost was. The number is: 07866 554142 There are 3 main sites...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 18.11.11

    It's been another busy week on the reserve with plenty to report. One of the most notable sightings this week came via one of our volunteers, who was on the first viewing platform early on Saturday (12th Nov) morning. He reported 6 different bitterns in front of the platform - 3 sitting on the ground...
  • Blog Post: UFO's over Ham Wall!!

    Sorry for the dramatic headline but it's all getting a bit bizarre here at the moment, what with the mystery slime and the report of a UFO (hence the links with the slime and ET). The link below shows photos capturing an object streaking across the sky at the time of the Starling roost a few days...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 25.01.2013

    Thankfully the snow we had in midweek came to nothing, although the temperature has remained low as I have found out to my cost after slipping in a ditch up to my waist on Wednesday morning and filling my wellingtons with more icy water this morning - I seem to be making a habit of this lately. Thank...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 24.02.2012

    Lots going on at the reserve again this week, with plenty of interesting reports and one or two unusual sightings. Bitterns seem to be much more active over the past couple of weeks and there have been plenty of sightings at Ham Wall. The first viewing platform still seems to be the most fruitful...
  • Blog Post: Booming Marvellous

    The Starlings seem to very happy at the far end of Shapwick Heath as they have now settled for their 2nd week. The numbers of birds are still huge and crowds of people who have been coming down to enjoy the spectacle have not been disappointed with their fantastic displays. In fact this week the displays...
  • Blog Post: Starling Numbers Growing at Ham Wall

    Starling numbers are on the up at Ham Wall with estimates of 100,000 birds roosting on the site at present. Ham Wall is the favoured site for the birds at the moment but with 3 local nature reserves to chose from this could change. The Avalon Marshes Starling Hotline is up and running and is updated...
  • 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: 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...