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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 05.02.2016

    I wouldn't say spring is in the air but there are certainly a few signs of change on the reserve this week. Snowdrops are out along the rail path, although not yet on the car park boardwalk at the Shapwick end where there are large clumps each year. Birdsong seemed quite significant this morning...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 18.12.2015

    Another mild week on the reserve - not really feeling like December. Some of our wildlife is perhaps a little confused too with several common frogs seen in one area this week while staff and volunteers were working, a few sightings of Red Admiral butterfly and even the report of a Swallow flying over...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 04.12.2015

    It's a busy time on the reserve for staff and volunteers with plenty of reed cutting and scrub management required to keep the habitat in top top shape for wildlife. It's been very mild for December and one or two staff members and volunteers have been working in short sleeves on occasions this...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 13.11.2015

    The best news of the week is perhaps the long awaited opening of the Avalon Hide. It's been a long time coming but we're finally there. You access iby following the footpath beyond the new bridge and take a left turn up towards the wood. There are plenty of signs out so just follow those. ...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 30.10.2015

    It's been a fairly quiet week on the reserve despite it being half term. This of course is due in part to the main path closure as the Environment Agency work on their bridge. The reserve is very much open however - you just have to walk down the footpath on the other side of the main drain and cross...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 16.10.2015

    I said last week that it felt more like Autumn and this week has confirmed that feeling. There seems to have been a significant turning of leaf colour around the reserve and some very chilly mornings with a mild frost here and there. This has also heralded the arrival of some winter visitors, with...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 18.09.2015

    No doubt the star of the week was the Glossy Ibis. It was first seen on Sunday from the second viewing platform where it showed well for some time. On Monday it was seen here again but also in the section to the left (between the 2 platforms). It was viewed by crossing the new bridge and taking a right...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.07.2015

    It's been a bit of a changeable week on the reserve and there's a distinct sense of bird life just slowing down a little as we approach the end of the breeding season for many species. The sight of c60 Lapwings flocking together - often disturbed by birds of prey such as Marsh Harriers passing...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 05.06.2015

    The very windy weather on Monday & Tuesday meant there was a lot less activity - that is apart from the hundreds of Swifts swooping around the reserve who seemed to buck the trend - it was a fantastic sight. I'm guessing the wind must have kept the insect life a lot lower and the Swifts took...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 29.05.2015

    There seems to have been an increase in Bittern activity this week - suggests that perhaps some females are off nests and out feeding youngsters. There have again been several chases involving multiple birds. his photograph taken by John Crispin is likely to be a female being chased by a male. The size...
  • 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 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 - 23.01.2015

    Yet another busy week on the reserve this week, scrub work underway on the old canal bank/footpath side of the reserve and the new small pedestrian bridge is now open. This will eventually allow access to a new hide (the Avalon Hide) which will be built behind the wood diagonally right of the first platform...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 16.01.2015

    Happy New Year Everyone!! Welcome to the first sightings blog for 2015!!! Firstly, apologies for the lack of blog last week - I simply just ran out of time. It was notable by its absence - as many of you picked up on the fact it wasn't there and quizzed me - I should of known I wouldn't get away...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 19.12.2014

    This will probably be the last blog before the Christmas break arrives - it will return in January!! The biggest news of the week is that we have opened the new car park. There's still some finishing touches to do but we wanted it to be open in time for Christmas, as this will be a busy time with...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 05.12.2014

    The Starlings have yet again dominated the headlines here this week with the main bulk of the roost dropping into the Waltons section of the reserve. It is likely that the cold weather will swell the numbers further as birds arrive from the north & east of the continent. The rail path or the Tor...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings from RSPB Ham Wall - 28.11.2014

    The main talking point this week has been - not surprisingly - the Starlings. Numbers are beginning to swell and the latest "guesstimates" seem to be in the region of as many as 750,000. There has been a smaller roost on Shapwick Heath but the main bulk of the birds seems to be at Ham Wall...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.10.2014

    A week similar to the last at Ham Wall this week. It still feels as though we are in a bit of an autumn lull before the bulk of wintering birds arrive. There's plenty to get excited about though, as we are privileged enough to have a fine selection of resident birds here in the Avalon Marshes to...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.10.2014

    Things are most definitely changing on the reserve now - the leaves are turning brown (as is the reed), the wind has picked up and with colder nights and bouts of rain, autumn has arrived. Wildlife is responding to this too, with small parties of Swallows have passing through each day and even 1 or 2...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 26.09.201

    It's been another busy week on the reserve with the car park construction in full swing, the building of an otter holt undertaken (pictures on our Facebook page) and plenty of habitat management underway. The parking areas are expected to be completed in around 4 weeks time before Western Power install...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.09.2014

    The lovely "Autumn" weather has continued this week - great wildlife watching weather at a great time of year. There's a huge variety of wildlife on offer and plenty of birds "on the move". The Osprey looks to have finally left the area late last week. Despite spending most of...
  • 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 - 30.05.2014

    Not quite such a nice week weatherwise on the reserve but we've still had plenty of satisfied visitors and a great selection of wildlife on offer. During sunnier spells one of the most noticeable things has been the sudden movement of invertebrates when the temperature goes up. Dragonflies are some...
  • 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 07.02.2014

    Firstly, apologies for the slightly later posting than usual - I wrote this on Friday morning but intended to publish it at the end of the day but got side tracked. The rain persists on The Levels like much of the south west region. Of course there is very little we can do, but just stick it out. Luckily...