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  • Blog Post: A Dicky Bird with no feathers

    One of our volunteers gives below his personal account of an experience he had recently at Hodbarrow. RSPB welcomes dog walkers at the Hodbarrow site. We do ask that they consider other visitors and the ecology of the reserve by clearing up any mess and keeping their pets under control. One day...
  • Blog Post: Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary Survey

    Last week RSPB Hodbarrow echoed to cries of "Over here Dave!" as West Cumbria group volunteers spent a very pleasant few hours searching for Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterflies. The reason this survey is important is it can be used as an indicator of the balance of grassland, scrub...
  • Blog Post: A good Tern out

    A very important visitor to RSPB Hodbarrow is the Little Tern. This seabird is the UK's smallest tern. Little Tern Significant efforts have been made at Hodbarrow to encourage and protect these birds. Its decline in Europe make it an Amber List species. Today there was a report of 60 little...
  • Blog Post: Come, Rest Awhile and let us idly stray

    As anyone who has visited RSPB Hodbarrow will tell you the views are stunning. One favourite view of mine is near the old lighthouse looking north to Black Combe and the fells of the Lake District. The title of this blog entry is from a poem by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874 – 1942), she writes...
  • Blog Post: Sightings for March

    Thank you to everyone who helps to maintain the list of sightings in the hide. Notable sightings include: Slavonian Grebe : 10th March Photo: Robert Bowers Scaup 10th March photo: Robert Bowers Chiffchaff 19th March Photo (not at Hodbarrow): John Richardson Please...
  • Blog Post: A few sightings from a lovely sunny Hodbarrow

    No jacket required today. What a relief to not have to be waterproofed up to the max. Even on the sea wall where the normal blast of cold wind normally makes you stop and add a few layers the sun was warm. The fine weather meant for fine views up towards the fells - something we haven't really seen...
  • Blog Post: Has Spring sprung?

    It was a glorious morning on the reserve yesterday. The lagoon was still with reflections - a huge change from the wind driven waves of the last few weeks. I was just aware of the birdsong and the warmth of the sun as I walked along towards the stone lighthouse. Red Pond was still very flooded, but the...
  • Blog Post: Wild weather at Hodbarrow 14/02/2014

    We've had a bit of a battering here at Hodbarrow yesterday and the day before. Although we weren't treated to the full extent of the winds and rains. We spent the morning bashing some gorse and getting a roaring fire going. After this we went around to the hide to assess the damage. Having...
  • Media: Stormy Hodbarrow point

  • Blog Post: Out of sight out of mind.

    We try to have a regular volunteer litter pick with the aim of keeping the environment at Hodbarrow pleasant for walkers and safe for wildlife. A gentle stroll, a friendly chat with other volunteers and fill a carrier bag or two with the odd crisp packet or plastic bottle. But a few of us knew...
  • Blog Post: A message from the sea

    Volunteer Andy Deacon writes about the recent storms and the legacy they have left behind at Hodbarrow. Last week the strong winds and high tides swept plenty of rubbish up onto on the beach at Hodbarrow Point. Only a very small percentage of the tons of rubbish entering the sea reaches land like...
  • Blog Post: 2013 Breeding Birds at Hodbarrow - Guest blogger Chris Taylor

    Chris Taylor surveys breeding birds at Hodbarrow and in this blog we hear about the ups and downs of this years season. Late March saw some of the fiercest snowstorms in recent years on the west coast. Even a snowplough got stuck! What this meant for birds planning to arrive on cue was that they simply...
  • Media: Hodbarrow on a Sunny Day in January

    Looking towards Black Combe from the sea wall
  • Blog Post: High tides on the Duddon

    Hodbarrow has fared better than most places with the recent high tides. A surge last Friday meant that water levels around the seawall were particularly high. This didn't affect the reserve at all except paths are a bit more muddy than usual. Wellies are recommended! Unfortunately this isn't...
  • Blog Post: Hodbarrow sightings 18/12/2013

    What a day! Strong winds and heavy rain showers have really made for an interesting count today. The wind direction meant at high tide many wildfowl were choosing to roost in the lagoon - tucking themselves into the edge out of the wind. The sea wall provided excellent cover from them but unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Guided Walk - Hodbarrow History

    The following blog was written by Andy Deacon who talks about a volunteer walk on the reserve on 11 Dec 2013. Volunteers who have helped at RSPB Hodbarrow during 2013 enjoyed an interesting guided walk on Wednesday lead by Karen Pugh who is the Museum Officer at Millom Discovery Centre (They have...
  • Blog Post: Quick update - Green Winged Teal Returns

    I quick update from Hodbarrow today. With small window of good weather there is plenty going on. Having a chat with one of the regulars on the reserve we heard an all might racket going over head and were greeted with a large flock of Whooper swans landing in the lagoon and making themselves know...
  • Blog Post: An autumn ramble at Hodbarrow

    Hodbarrow is fun for all the family. There is not only great wildlife but lovely walks for everyone to enjoy. Starting at the carpark have a look at the information board to help you find where to go and some of the sights you might see whilst you're getting there. Harry and Suzanne spot...
  • Blog Post: It's not even halloween yet and we already have a Water Witch

    (Photo Derek Dixon) Water Witch you might ask.....well it's another name for one of the birds we have on the reserve at the moment.....more about that later! Down on the reserve today the wind was blowing and the clouds were threatening some down pours. Black combe was cloaked in mist but it...
  • Blog Post: Picture Perfect

    On 28 August a varied group of keen and enthusiastic people armed with cameras ranging from DSLRs to 'point and press' met at the car park for a photography walk. Mhairi led the walk and our first port of call was the duck feeding station where there were plenty of ducks, coots, moorhens and...
  • Blog Post: Hodbarrow News

    A busy week last week. We had a brilliant photography walk last Wednesday which was attended by some really enthusiastic phtographers all eager to learn. It was run by Andy and Chris who helped people to really discover not only their cameras but the reserve and wildlife! It was brilliant. If this is...
  • Media: Pr of Wall Brown's

    Taken in the reserve,yesterday.again the 1st year I have seen this species
  • Blog Post: Sunny Hodbarrow

    Below is a different view from somewhere on the reserve at Hodbarrow. Any ideas? John has cleared the vegetation away from the wall here and it provides a very nice place to have a rest. I was surrounded by butterflies and the sun was shining. Well I have been a little quiet on the blogging front...
  • Media: Room for two!

    A male red-tailed bumble bee and a red admiral butterfly feed side by side.
  • Media: Green capsid bug Aug 2013