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  • 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 11.01.2013

    Still a very wet Ham Wall at the moment making some of our duties a little more tricky than normal. We are still managing to run our somewhat sticky guided walks albeit with a slightly diverted route but there's still plenty to be picked up across the reserve. The Marsh Harriers in particular...
  • 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 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: 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: 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: 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: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 08.03.2013

    Spring hasn't exactly sprung on Ham Wall but it's certainly stirring from its winter slumber. There's been plenty of bird song of all kinds on the reserve this week including: Great Tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Robin and Wren amongst others. Song Thrush too has been...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 20.07.2012

    The last couple of days have been a welcome relief for us (and no doubt the wildlife) on the reserve and the water levels will soon reduce to a more suitable level. For the moment however, Loxtons Trail remains closed due to the flooded paths but the rest of the reserve is open as normal. The Great...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 15.03.2013

    The last 2 days have been a bit of a contrast here at Ham Wall. A very cold start yesterday led to a gloriously sunny day and today the slightly warmer start has lead to some miserable and wet conditions this afternoon. It looks like they chose the right day to undertake the Bittern survey yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 05.04.2012

    An early Blog this week as it's Good Friday tomorrow and I'm lucky enough to have a long weekend off. I've also been on annual leave on Monday and Tuesday so have had to work a little bit harder than usual to find out what's been happening on the reserve this week. The blazing summer...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 07.01.2013

    Firstly apologies for the lack of blogs recently. Of course, it was the Christmas break but then I had a bout of sickness which means I have only just returned to work. This means there is plenty to catch up with and I have done my best to gleen information from wherever possible - thanks to John Crispin...
  • 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: 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 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 Ham Wall 11.11.11

    There seems to have been a big increase in Starling numbers over the last week. Current estimates are at about 100,000 birds and they have been showing well at Ham Wall with good views from the first viewing platform. The flock has been split at times this week with some birds choosing to roost on Shapwick...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 18.05.2012

    The highlight of the week has got to be the Osprey. It was first seen last Saturday (12th) and has been hanging around Ham Wall even until today. The area in front of the 2nd platform it's favourite spot (a scope best for a good sighting if settled). It has been seen circling, hovering and making...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 15.06.2012

    Another wet and windy week on the reserve has got to be taking its toll on a number of birds and their nesting attempts. However, several species have been seen feeding well or carrying food this week so there's still plenty of good news to spread. From the 1st platform Blackcaps have been seen...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 10.02.2012

    Despite a brief thaw early in the week, it's remained very cold at the reserve here in Somerset and it's giving the wildlife a tough time of it. Groups of wildfowl have congregated in areas in front of the first viewing platform and within the Waltons section and kept some of the water, ice free...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 17.05.2013

    The weather was pretty dour early in the week and the blog was looking a bit lean a couple of days ago but the brighter weather has woken everything up again and the last few days has seen plenty more activity on the reserve. Last weekend saw a huge influx of Swallows and Martins and Swifts in particular...