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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.10.2012

    The area in front of the 1st viewing platform is a top place for a bit of bird watching at the moment. We are aiming to hold the water levels at their current position to create a great feeding area for ducks and waders. The varying heights of the islands offer varying depths of water to suit a wide...
  • Blog Post: Somerset's Dawn Explosion - Starlings on the Levels

    The awe-inspiring sight of Somerset’s swirling starlings just before sunset is well known. However, the RSPB and Natural England are hosting three events to witness an even more impressive spectacle - the Dawn Explosion. Hundreds of thousands of starlings flood out of the reed beds on the Avalon...
  • Blog Post: Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - January 2013

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for January 2013: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Merlin, Bittern, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Crane, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler...
  • 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: Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - September 2012

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for September 2012: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Bittern, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Teal,...
  • Blog Post: Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - April 2013

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for April 2013: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Osprey, Hobby, Bittern, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Cranes, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, White Fronted...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 06.01.12

    Despite some very wet and windy weather conditions this week, there have been some good sightings to report. A Yellow-browed Warbler was spotted on three consecutive days this week Mon-Weds and although no reports as yet form yesterday this doesn't mean it's not still present. If you want to...
  • 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: This weeks sightings at Ham Wall

    2 Yellow Browed Warblers were present close to the car park at Ashcott Corner on Tuedsay this week, just down the track from the wooden archway. On the reserve itself groups of redpolls still frequent the clumps of Alder trees along the railway line and a small group of Siskin were spotted around the...
  • 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: Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - August 2012

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for August 2012: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Osprey, Hobby, Bittern, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted...
  • 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: Murmuration movements

    Typical isn't it.... just when you think everythings settled and the Starlings look like they aren't going anywhere for the season after being in the same place for 3 and a half months...... after they get fantastic publicity from Countryfile too...... they go and move..... not only that, but...
  • Blog Post: Ham Wall Species List for February 2012

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for Feb 2012 Short Eared Owl, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin, Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Curlew, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose,...
  • 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: Countryfile Magazine Awards - Still time to vote for Ham Wall

    There's still time to vote for Ham Wall in the Countryfile Magazine Awards in the BEST NATURE RESERVE category. Obviously it would be a great honour to win this award (it's great that we've even been nominated) but of course we need your votes and there's some stiff competition. If...
  • 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: Ham Wall Sightings list for Nov 2011

    Here is a list of all the birds seen at Ham Wall during the month of November 2011. I will aim to do this every month from now on, so if you see anything unusual or something you think we might miss, just let us know: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Short Eared Owl, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Peregrine,...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 09.03.2012

    There have been some beautiful days on the reserve this week, although there has been a cold wind at times. Spring is slowly creeping it's way upon us, but as yet, I cannot report the first Sand Martins (usually the first to arrive) or Swallows of spring at Ham Wall. The odd one or two have been...
  • 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 Ham Wall 16.12.11

    It's been feeling much more wintry on the reserve this week, with high winds, rain, hail & much colder temperatures. It's made wildlife sightings a bit more difficult at times but it's still been an interesting week. The colder temperatures has led to a slight rise in duck numbers on...
  • 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...