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  • Blog Post: Dragons at Ham Wall

    We've had some pretty hot and dry weather recently on the reserve (although maybe not today so much) and it's the perfect time of year to go searching for dragonflies. Ham Wall is home to a number of species of both damselfly and dragonfly. Earlier in the day is often best as they nned to warm...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 24.08.2012

    With the area drained down in front of the first platform to access for reed cutting we have provided some muddy areas for waders - particularly Snipe. At first glance the area may appear empty but scan the cut islands on the left or just wait and small groups of Snipe will pop up and sometimes circle...
  • 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: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 14.04.2012

    A day later with the blog this week, as I've been off since Wednesday and therefore have had to do a bit of digging to get some interesting sightings to report - and there have been several. Good Friday did indeed turn out to be good for a select few, who witnessed an Osprey flying over Ham Wall...
  • 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: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 27.07.2012

    July can often be a quiet month for birds and the scorching weather means more than ever that they want to hide away especially in the middle part of the day when the sun is at it's hottest - and who can blame them. The sun has made work on the reserve quite energy sapping but we have achieved a...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 19.10.2012

    The first viewing platform at Ham Wall is still offering a great spectacle to visitors to the reserve. Good numbers of duck are present, particularly Wigeon with their familiar whistling call, Mallard and Gadwall. Lesser numbers of Teal and Shoveler (more are congregated in Waltons at present) can also...
  • 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: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 09.12.11

    A much colder week has shown some significant changes in duck numbers across the local reserves, with increased numbers of wigeon and Teal reported from local sites. One of the most significant sightings of the week came on Sunday (4th) afternoon. After leading a guided walk to the first viewing platform...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 25.05.2012

    What a scorcher of a week and probably a welcome relief for some of the birds and indeed visitors on the reserve. The hot weather has brought the visitors out in force, of course coupled with the news that the Great White Egrets are nesting at neighbouring Shapwick Heath. The Egrets can be seen daily...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 23.03.2012

    It's been another great week for working on the reserve and you can really now get the sense that things are changing. There's been some great Dawn Choruses on the reserve already, with Blackbirds, Robins and Song Thrushes all trying to outdo each other. Chiffchaffs are singing in several areas...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 17.08.2012

    It's been very changeable with the weather over the last 7 days with bright sunshine one minute and showers (sometimes heavy) the next. There are signs also that things are on the change with the birds too. Swallows can be seen gathered on telegraph wires close to the reserve and groups pass through...
  • 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: Lastest Sightings at Ham Wall

    The most exciting sighting of the last week has to be the Sqacco Heron, seen sitting on the railing in the water in front of the first viewing platfrom. It was also later seen in the very end section of the reserve on the left as you walk down to the Sharpham end, before flying off. Bitterns are still...
  • 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: Species List for RSPB Ham Wall - May 2013

    Here's the full bird list for Ham Wall for May 2013: Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Osprey, Hobby, Bittern, Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Cranes, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose...
  • 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: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 07.06.2013

    Well, what a beautiful week on the reserve weather wise, with lovely hot days almost across the board. The downside is of course that activity in the main part of the day is a bit reduced but of course the early mornings can bring their rewards. This was the case this morning as local birder & volunteer...
  • Blog Post: Redshank and pellet at Ham Wall

    Upon photographing a Redshank recently at Ham Wall our volunteer John Crispin managed to capture a shot of it coughing up a pellet. Redshank breed on coastal and inland Marshes - including Ham Wall. During the breding season their diet consists of invertebrates such as insects and spiders, molluscs and...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 10.05.2013

    The amazing weather of last week continued into the early part of this week and with it the interesting sightings continued to flow. The weekend saw a huge influx of Swifts over the Avalon Marshes, with 1000's seen and there were several hundred flying over the reserve today as well along with...
  • Blog Post: Bitterns in Hot Pursuit - Ham Wall

    Drop into Ham Wall on Thursdays in May and join the Wardens to watch Bitterns take to the air to perform their exciting aerial courtship displays. May is the best month at Ham Wall to catch sight of this often secretive bird. Several males are still booming on the reserve (at least 8) and by now the...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 01.06.2012

    After all the headlines in the media this week about Buzzards and its happy outcome (for now at least) thought we should celebrate with a couple of Buzzard pictures to get us started. Of course buzzards can be seen every day at Ham Wall almost without exception, often in pairs or larger groups...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 19.04.2013

    Spring has finally sprung for good this week and what a week it's been on the reserve, with an awful lot to report. The warmer weather of the last week to 10 days has made an amazing difference to the reserve. There are warblers galore along the treelines of the old rail path and the reedbeds...
  • Blog Post: Otter at Ham Wall (with pics)

    It's always nice to see an Otter but when they come in real close for photo it's even better as volunteer John Crispin discovered on yesterday moring. These head images show off the distinguishing features of an Otters head. The eyes are set high, which enable them to swim with...