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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 15.07.2016

    Well, there's no doubt as to the star of the show this week. On Sunday evening a Collared Pratincole was spotted on the reserve and with it, over the next few days, came many visitors hoping to add one to their list. It's a summer visitor to southern Europe but a vagrant to these parts (and a...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.05.2016

    What a fantastic time of year it is on the reserve with such a variety of wildlife on show and it's so good to see so many visitors out enjoying themselves. There certainly seems to have been an increase in the amount of Bittern activity over the past couple of weeks and visitors are frequently reporting...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.04.2016

    If there was any lingering doubt that spring had sprung last week - there can be no doubt now. It's been a week teeming with new arrivals and great wildlife sightings. It's hard to know where to start, so lets start with some spring arrivals. Tuesday saw the first report of Cuckoo on the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 08.04.2016

    The star of the show this week was probably the White Stork. It's been seen a few times in the local area and was first seen circling high over Ham Wall on Tuesday. It was than seen flying in front of the Avalon hide the next day too and is still currently in the local area as far as I know. John...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 01.04.2016

    There's a bit to catch up with as I was away last week but there's so much going on I'll focus mainly on the past 7 days or so. Yet another mixed bag of weather this week: rain, high winds and hail and then some glorious sunshine. Spring has most definitely arrived and there is evidence all...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 18.03.2016

    There have been several 'firsts' for me this week. On Monday I have my first Sand Martins of the year - I heard them (perhaps 3) fly over the car park in the morning. Later on a visitor reported seeing some from the first platform. As I traveled into work on Thursday morning a single House Martin...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 11.03.2016

    Firstly, apologies for the lack of blog over the last couple of weeks. I was helping to run a corporate team day for some employees of Bristol City Council 2 Fridays ago (when I usually write the blog) and just didn't have the time. Then I was off on annual leave last week. It means there's a...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 19.02.2016

    It's been a pretty good week all round but the best news has come this morning. Having spoken to the contractors who have been working on the Environment Agencies bridge it looks as though the main path through the reserve will be open again today. Maybe even now as I write this blog. It will...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 12.02.2016

    We've had it all this week in terms of weather. High winds, rain, snow, hail and lovely calm sunny periods. The wildlife is amazingly adaptable however and as always there's plenty to talk about. The Glossy Ibis is still being seen quite regularly - as last week it been seen several times...
  • 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 - 29.01.2016

    The best news of the week was being able to get the Avalon Hide back open again. As you may know the access had become extremely muddy and too difficult access. It's taken a lot of work in a short space of time but we've done it. Rubber matting has been laid throughout the woodland and beyond...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 22.01.2016

    It was a bit of a shock on Wednesday with temperatures of -6 degrees on the reserve during the day. This however did not stop me from hearing my first booming Bittern of the year. I sounded like it was over at Waltons and boomed in sets of 3 on several occasions. One closer to me tried to reply but let...
  • 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 - 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 - 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 RSPB Ham Wall - week 21st - 27th March 2015

    Apologies for the lateness of this blog. Technical issues and being absent from work for a couple of days have really delayed this one! It was written ready for last Friday so concentrates up to that date only...... Another steady week of activity on the reserve this week as we await the big April...
  • 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 - 02.03.2015

    Apologies for the slightly delayed blog this week, I'm afraid I was unable to attend work on Friday so it's been pushed onto today! All the photos this week come from the Waltons area of the reserve, where there seems to have been plenty of action this past week. Following on from last weeks...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.02.2015

    A bit of a mixed week at Ham Wall this week with some glorious weather for a couple days and a miserable day yesterday. It's been busy though with lots of visitors, including families, over the half term break. There's been plenty for people to enjoy, with the increase in birdsong of particular...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 13.02.2015

    It may still be February but I'm thinking about the arrival of Spring - one of my favourite times of year. There seems to have been an increase in bird song in the past week, showing I'm not the only one with spring on his mind. Blackbirds, Dunnock, Blue Tits & Great Tits and a multitude...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 30.01.2015

    Plenty of testing weather on the reserve this week with high winds, driving rain, hail and snow to deal with but none the less we're making plenty of progress. The view from the 1st platform will reveal that work has started on the Avalon hide to the left of the Central Wood. Telegraph poles have...
  • 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...