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  • Blog Post: 1 September recent sightings: Goodbye August!

    Good morning. Unfortunately, August ended in a bit of a whimper with lots of grey skies and rain. There are still quite a lot of recent sightings so without further ado, here they are: The Cambridge Conservation Forum had their first outing to a reserve on Thursday evening. They went to look at an...
  • Blog Post: New Fen North is open for business....

    It has been a busy week with two work parties. On Tuesday Emma, Phil and Mark went to Joist Fen viewpoint to open up the view there whilst Dave M and I got to cut in front of the New Fen viewpoint. We hope you like the more open vistas and there have been good sightings of kingfishers at New Fen subsequently...
  • Blog Post: 27 August recent sightings: Hooray for happy endings!

    Good afternoon. We have had an interesting couple of days here at Lakenheath Fen. Shortly after I finished blogging on Sunday, a crossbill flew over visitor centre and a great white egret was photographed in front of the Washland viewpoint. Katherine, one of our Wardens, went up to the Washland viewpoint...
  • Blog Post: 23 August recent sightings: Show your colours!

    Good morning. I wasn’t intending to do another recent sightings blog post today but as yesterday turned out to be such a great day, I couldn’t resist. There were several regular visitors around early yesterday morning and Matt Walton took these fantastic photographs: Sunrise over the...
  • Blog Post: 22 August recent sightings: Summer isn't over quite yet!

    Good morning! It’s a lovely sunny morning here so it’s time for some more recent sightings. I went out pulling ragwort with the reserve work party behind Mere Hide on Thursday and despite being followed around by a male sheep (it’s a long story!) it was great to be out on the reserve...
  • Blog Post: 19 August recent sightings: Things are definitely on the move

    Good afternoon. There have definitely been plenty of signs of bird movements over the last couple of days. There was an impressive count of 97 mute swans on the washland on Monday. These are mostly non breeding birds that begin to congregate in large groups before dispersing to their wintering grounds...
  • Blog Post: 17 August recent sightings: Posing for the camera

    Good afternoon. I will begin today with a selection of great images that were taken on the reserve recently by Tanya Carlile: Common lizards : Ruddy darter : Bee feeding on teasel : Ladybirds : Image credits: Tanya Carlile Thank you very much to Tanya for sharing...
  • Blog Post: 13 August recent sightings: Yellow peril

    Good afternoon. It took a while, but I have now finally recovered from our two Big Wild Sleepout event! Also, thanks to regular visitor John Gamble, I have managed to identify the mystery beetle that I posted a picture off in my blog post on Sunday. It was a four-banded longhorn beetle , or Leptura quadrifasciata...
  • Blog Post: 9 August recent sightings: Big Wild Sleep(out for the count!)

    Hello there! We have just finished a very successful two night Big Wild Sleepout event so just before I go and have a long sleep, here are some recent sightings for you: It was a lovely day on Friday and local photographer Matt Walton was out and about early. Here are some of his pictures: Dawn...
  • Blog Post: 6 August recent sightings: Pretty good looking for a weed!

    Good morning. We have had an interesting couple of days here at Lakenheath Fen. I took a group of American cub scouts out on the reserve on Saturday afternoon. Reptiles were very conspicuous. We saw a grass snake near the railway line and at least six common lizards near New Fen viewpoint. I was out...
  • Blog Post: 1 August recent sightings: August here we come!

    Good morning. The weather has been gradually improving all week and it’s a lovely morning here at the moment. I had a walk around the reserve on a rather gloomy Thursday morning and heard a greenshank calling as it flew over the visitor centre. I also heard two kingfishers between the visitor...
  • Blog Post: 29 July recent sightings: Autumn is not too far away!

    Good afternoon. It felt really autumnal here this morning! Sadly, for those of you who like summer, autumn isn’t too far away. However, it isn’t quite here yet! Since the last time I blogged , both pairs of cranes with their young were seen last Thursday and two turtle doves flew over...
  • Blog Post: Cranes, trains and auto-mobiles

    Thursday is our regular volunteer work party day and we had various jobs to complete today so we split into two groups. Emma took one group to continue with some of the ragwort, Senecio jacobaea, pulling whilst Darren and I headed down to Botany Bay with chainsaws and brushcutters to clear a fallen tree...
  • Blog Post: 23 July recent sightings: Preparing for The Long Walk

    Good morning. I am not going to be here much for the next couple of days so here are some more recent sightings: It turned out to be quite a nice day on Tuesday. Emma and Suzanne went down to Botany Bay at the west end of the reserve to look for marsh carpet moth caterpillars during the morning. Although...
  • Blog Post: 21 July recent sightings: Nothing to see here?!

    Good morning. If you read our reserve blog regularly, you may have realised that I have been away for a week. Well, I returned to work this morning to look at our staff and volunteer sighting sheet this morning and there was nothing on it for the last week! Don’t worry though, there has been plenty...
  • Blog Post: 4 + 3 makes 7

    It has been a very exciting, record breaking few weeks here at Lakenheath. After 12 weeks of worry our crane parents finally got their recalcitrant youngsters into the air. As I'm sure most of our regular readers know we provide a home for two pairs of cranes here at Lakenheath. One pair, known to...
  • Blog Post: 12 July recent sightings: How many can you see?!

    Good morning. It was a lovely day on Friday and there were plenty people out and about enjoying the weather and the wildlife. Local photographer David Capps took this picture from New Fen viewpoint, which caused a bit of a debate when I posted it on our social media pages (which are RSPB Suffolk on Facebook...
  • Blog Post: 10 July recent sightings: Ready for the weekend

    Good morning. I love this time of year as everything is so colourful! Our raised plant beds are a riot of colour at the moment and there are some lovely plants out on flower. In the bog bed, it is currently possible to admire both native species of loosestrife together: Purple loosestrife and yellow...
  • Blog Post: 8 July recent sightings: Welcome to Dragon's Fen

    Good afternoon. There has definitely been a dragonfly theme to this week here so far. Yesterday, we were lucky enough to be joined by writer and dragonfly ambassador Ruary Mackenzie Dodds , who lead a workshop about our “tooth jawed” friends for RSPB staff. In recognition of these beautiful...
  • Blog Post: 5 July Recent Sightings – Summer showers

    What a difference a day makes – beautiful hot weather yesterday, to heavy showers and a definite drop in temperature today! Whilst we’ve all been enjoying the summer sunshine, the rain was a welcome relief as the reserve is certainly in need of a little extra water! The hot weather hasn’t...
  • Blog Post: 2 July recent sightings: Hot enough for you?!

    Good afternoon. It has been really rather warm recently, hasn’t it?! I will begin my posting some pictures that were taken here last Saturday, courtesy of Matt Walton: Sunrise over the river: An otter fishing in the river: A barn owl hunting over the washland: A flying bittern...
  • Blog Post: 29 June recent sightings: A bug's life

    Good morning! The recent warm weather has encouraged plenty of funky looking insects to get out exploring the reserve. Thank you very much to Simon Jeffs for sharing the below pictures that he took here and at Weeting Heath NWT reserve . Most of these species can be found at both reserves, just in case...
  • Blog Post: 26 June recent sightings: Some welcome warm weather

    Good morning. After yesterday morning’s mainly retrospective blog post , I thought I would post some more sightings from the last couple of days. The little bittern had not been heard for a week until this morning. To be honest, we all thought that it had gone but it HAS been heard in New Fen...
  • Blog Post: 25 June recent sightings: No sleep 'til (I don't know when!)

    Good morning. It’s been a busy week so it’s now time for another update. I will begin by carrying on where I left off on Saturday. A goshawk was reported over New Fen viewpoint and a red kite was circling north of the river. There were also plenty of dragonflies and damselflies on the...
  • Blog Post: 20 June recent sightings: Mid summer fun

    Good morning! We have reached the longest weekend of the year and we have plenty going on over the course of the next two days. It was a bright but breezy day on Wednesday and Suzanne headed down to New Fen viewpoint at lunchtime. She saw a hobby , a cuckoo a marsh harrier . The weather conditions...