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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 19.12.2014

    This will probably be the last blog before the Christmas break arrives - it will return in January!! The biggest news of the week is that we have opened the new car park. There's still some finishing touches to do but we wanted it to be open in time for Christmas, as this will be a busy time with...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 12.12.2014

    The weather this week has certainly reminded us that it's winter. Although the WeBS count (wetland bird survey) for this month was slightly down on Novembe,r the winter pattern of species on the reserve continues.There have been fluctuations in the numbers of wildfowl visible from both platforms...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings from RSPB Ham Wall - 28.11.2014

    The main talking point this week has been - not surprisingly - the Starlings. Numbers are beginning to swell and the latest "guesstimates" seem to be in the region of as many as 750,000. There has been a smaller roost on Shapwick Heath but the main bulk of the birds seems to be at Ham Wall...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings from RSPB Ham Wall - 21.11.2014

    Don't seem to have had much time for actually getting out on the reserve this week and seeing what's about. A training course took up Tuesday and we've spent a good couple of day doing odd jobs in the new car park area. Things are starting to come together but there's still a fair bit...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.11.2014

    A week more in keeping with the time of year this week. Some very rainy days have not dampened our spirits however and there's plenty to report as always. Very little progress with the car park this week as we await more material to infill the, soon to be planted blocks, between parking areas...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 07.11.2014

    The colder weather has seen some significant changes on the reserve over the last couple of weeks. Temperatures have dropped steeply for a few nights and it may have finally put pay to the majority of the remaining dragonflies we had on the reserve. Migrant Hawker and Ruddy Darter have both been seen...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 31.10.2014

    The mild weather has continued and is giving us some wonderful days to enjoy autumns wildlife. At Ham Wall the winter wildfowl numbers are climbing slowly with a few extra Teal & Wigeon around this week. I've also seen small parties of Redwing flying over the reserve and plenty of waders to keep...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.10.2014

    A week similar to the last at Ham Wall this week. It still feels as though we are in a bit of an autumn lull before the bulk of wintering birds arrive. There's plenty to get excited about though, as we are privileged enough to have a fine selection of resident birds here in the Avalon Marshes to...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 17.10.2014

    We've been moving a bit of water around the site this week (as well as receiving plenty from the sky too). This has been because either we have finished work in certain compartments of the reserve or we are preparing other areas for access in the near future. The water in front of the 1st platform...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 03.10.2014

    It's been another beautiful week on the reserve and this warm & dry weather is really helping with the progress of the new car park and our habitat management work too. We're clearing one particular low lying area of scrub while it's dry (it'll be inaccessible once the rain starts...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 19.09.2014

    The dry weather has been a real blessing and enabled us to complete the reed cutting work in front of the 1st platform. We've cleared all we want for now (but have left a few clumps of standing reed here and there around the island edges - we felt this might be beneficial for birds using this area...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.09.2014

    The lovely "Autumn" weather has continued this week - great wildlife watching weather at a great time of year. There's a huge variety of wildlife on offer and plenty of birds "on the move". The Osprey looks to have finally left the area late last week. Despite spending most of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 29.08.2014

    Hello all, firstly can I apologise for the lack of blogs lately. I have been away and various other problems have confounded the writing of what is usually a weekly catch up. There's a lot to catch up with but I'll try not to rabbit on for too long. It finally feels as though change is underway...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 25.07.2014

    The relentless heat has made it hard work for staff & volunteers this week and not surprisingly many of the reserves birds have been fairly quiet but throughout the week as a whole there is still plenty to shout about. Bitterns are still around but with nesting finished they are going back to their...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 11.07.2014

    There's a distinct feeling that everything has just slowed down a little on the reserve the last week or so. That's normal for this time of year - many birds have finished their breeding and are resting up - regaining strength & condition to prepare for the autumn & winter months (a fair...
  • Blog Post: Outdoor Yoga Event at RSPB Ham Wall - 21st June 2014

    We all know nature is good for our well-being, so why not combine it with a spiritual yoga session at our amazing Ham Wall Nature Reserve on the Summer Solstice! Date: 21st June 2014 Time: 7pm - 8.30pm Place: Ham Wall Nature Reserve Price: £8 per person How to book: Please book...
  • Blog Post: The Avalon Marshes Festival 2014 (Jul 12th - Jul 26th 2014)

    The Avalon Marshes Festival will be returning bigger and better in 2014 running from Sat Jul 12th until Sat Jul 26th. Following a very successful first year in 2013 the Avalon Marshes Festival is a celebration of the rich diversity of wildlife and the 10,000 years of cultural Heritage of the Avalon Marshes...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 16.05.2014

    We've been blessed with a wonderful few days on the reserve this week and the reserve is full of life. The Bitterns particularly have sprung into action, with a big increase on sightings over the last 10 days or so. There have been several reports of 2 or more birds chasing each other, often calling...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 21.03.2014

    Things are moving on at a pace on the reserve with the arrival of c200 House Martins today, giving great views over Walton Heath. Some Sand Martins have also been seen but not in the same numbers, just small pockets of between 7 & 12 birds but a sure sign of good things to come. Skylarks have also...
  • Blog Post: Booming marvelous!! Bitterns in the Avalon Marshes

    Emerging bleary eyed form their winter hibernation, the staff and volunteers from the Avalon Marshes conservation organisations (RSPB, NE and SWT), set their alarms clocks for ridiculous ‘o’clock and proceeded to perambulate the marshy tracks of their respective reserves, ears alert for the...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.03.2014

    Spring has continued to make its mark on the reserve this week and the evidence is there for all to see. The best news this week came from our early morning Bittern survey on Thursday with a minmum of 21 booming males counted on Ham Wall alone. 41 in total for the Avalon Marshes (with some areas not...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.02.2014

    Once again, not surprisingly, it's the weather dominating all the headlines - and it's no different here I'm afraid. Wednesday and today have been particularly bad, with high winds and torrential rain at times. Thursday saw snow, sleet and rain but despite all this it was generally quite...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 31.01.2014

    The winter months are hard enough for our birds & Wildlife but the perpetual rain we are experiencing on the Levels recently must really be causing a problem for some species. There are some spectacular sights though if you know where to look with thousands of Wigeon, hundreds of Pintail and several...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.01.2014

    I've been lucky enough to have been on annual leave this week until today. This of course makes it hard to gather information to pass on in the blog but thanks to John Crispin and Ray Summers and 30 mins out on site myself, I think I've gathered sufficient data, so here goes! Volunteers undertook...
  • Blog Post: Somerset Crafts - Starling & Crafts Exhibition

    The Somerset Crafts Centre is offering people free teas and coffees after the Starling Roost on every Saturday and Sunday throughout January and February. They are open daily though from 10-5 and are currently exhibiting many pieces of Starling related artwork. You can find them at The Avalon Marshes...