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  • 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 - 13.05.2016

    It's certainly a busy time of year for the reserves wildlife. The reserve is a hive of activity and alive with bird song. A simple walk along the rail path can take a while with a host of species to look out for. There are plenty of Blackcaps and a few Garden Warblers to get you started. Add to this...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 06.05.2016

    What a fabulous week on the reserve this week. Spring has well and truly sprung and visitors are flocking to the local reserves to see whats on offer. Some of the stars of the show this week have to be the Hobbys. They've been easy to view every day over all parts of the reserve and are always a...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 29.04.2016

    Another interesting, wildlife packed, week on the reserve this week. You could be fooled into thinking it was winter at times on the reserve this week until you hear the chattering of Reed warblers in the reed beds, the calls of Cuckoo, booms of Bitterns and the melody of warblers and other song birds...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 21.04.2016

    Another brilliant week on the reserve this week with, once again, loads to report. Birds of prey feature highly this week, although I'm falling short of photos in this area I'm afraid. Last weekend, Monday and Tuesday saw Short Eared Owl hunting over the reserve (probably 2 different birds...
  • 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: Glossy Ibis & weed dancing Great Crested Grebes at Ham Wall

    All photos taken by John Crispin this morning from the 3rd screen at Waltons on Ham Wall. The Glossy Ibis has been seen here before so worth checking this area out early morning and the Grebes have been head bobbing and platform building earlier in the week. Now they're weed dancing - fantastic to...
  • 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 - 15.01.2016

    A much colder feel this week and it finally felt like winter on the reserve - there were even a couple of icy patches. As with last week there seems to be an upturn in the numbers of wildfowl on the reserve - I have particularly noticed good numbers of Teal this week. The Dusky Warbler was seen again...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 08.01.2016

    Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the first sightings blog of 2016. Having been away over Christmas, it's always nice to get back to work in such a wonderful place. I've tried to keep my eye on things from afar by watching Twitter updates and looking at the Somerset Ornithological Society...
  • Blog Post: Year List for RSPB Ham Wall 2015

    Thought it would be interesting to write a list of all the birds seen and heard - however brief at the reserve this year. Unfortunately, I cannot say I've seen all of these myself and of course there could well be some I've missed, so if you spot an omission please let me know and I'll update...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 23.12.2015

    Well, as promised here is another blog just before our Christmas break. It's going to be a bit shorter than normal as I'm posting on Wednesday rather than the usual Friday - I don't fancy working on Christmas day! Several visitors have been in chasing the Dusky Warbler, although perhaps...
  • 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 - 11.12.2015

    Another busy week is coming to an end and it seems we're never short of things to talk about. One rarity has popped in this week - a Dusky Warbler, located on the footpath side of reserve. It could still be around having first been spotted on Sunday but again on Wednesday close to the junction...
  • 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 and latest news from RSPB Ham Wall - 27.11.2015

    It seems the most welcome news of the week has been the opening of the toilets in the Ham Wall car park (left hand building in the picture). It's been something our growing number of visitors have been wanting for quite a while, so its great to finally get them open. At first there will be limited...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.11.2015

    Lots of great sightings to report this week as well as an update on the new facilities. As you may know the Avalon Hide is now open and is offering great views to visitors over the north of the reserve. The Starlings have been dropping in up this end of the site, so the hide or the 2nd platform have...