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  • 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: This Weekend: Wild Day out in Autumn at the Avalon Marshes Centre & Ham Wall compost sales day!

    A Wild Day out in Autumn: Sunday September 30th 10am - 4pm A day of children's activities linked to the autumn season. Come and join Natural England for competitions, wildlife quizzes, trails, trailer rides and much more at : The Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Road, Westhay, Somerset, BA6...
  • 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: Avalon 24 - another success

    Last weekend's Avalon 24 event, the third year it has run, was a success once again. 24 hours of guided walks across the local nature reserves of the Avalon Marshes were in the whole well attended despite the weather's best attempts to ruin the fun. Staff & Volunteers from the RSPB, Natural...
  • Blog Post: Somerset's Dawn Explosion - Starlings on the Levels

    The awe-inspiring sight of Somerset’s swirling starlings just before sunset is well known. However, the RSPB and Natural England are hosting three events to witness an even more impressive spectacle - the Dawn Explosion. Hundreds of thousands of starlings flood out of the reed beds on the Avalon...
  • 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: Starlings - Dawn Explosion Walks

    The RSPB is running 4 special events to witness one of Britain's best natural phenomenons. As many of you know, it can be quite difficult to track down the starling roost due to their unpredictable nature but these events can take that unpredictability away and guarantee the spectacle. Obviously...
  • 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: Upcoming Events at RSPB Ham Wall

    Super Starling Saturday & Big Garden Bird Watch Saturday 26th January 2013 10am - 4pm Celebrate our famous Starlings, make a mobile & join in with our monster murmuration. Get ready for the Big Garden Bird Watch, build a nestbox & make bird feeders & learn how to make the most of...
  • 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 30.11.2012

    It may be cold but at least it's stopped raining and water levels in surrounding ditches are beginning to fall. This now means that we are able to expel some of our excess water too. Several areas of the reserve have risen to levels higher than we would have wished for, but sometimes there's...
  • 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 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: Boom Boom!

    We heard a booming bittern at Ham Wall last week and two grunting bitterns (one of which probably the boomer). I mentioned this in the last Recent Sightings blog on Friday. We are interested to hear from any visitors who have heard bitterns during their visits to Ham Wall recently and those you hear...
  • 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: A Wild Day Out in Autumn at the Avalon Marshes Centre

    Come to the Avalon Marshes centre for a day of children's activities linked to the Autumn season. Join Natural England staff and volunteers for competitions, wildlife quizzes, trails, trailer rides and much more. The event is free and there's no need to book: Great For families to have...
  • 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: Boom Time for Bitterns in the Avalon Marshes

    Staff and around 40 volunteers from the RSPB, Natural England and the Somerset Wildlife Trust braved the cold and darkness yesterday morning to record the number of booming bitterns in the Avalon Marshes. One hour before dawn they patrolled the reedbeds and marshes counting the numbers of calling...
  • 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...