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  • Blog Post: Flaming June? Not really!

    Well it's not quite the wettest June we've had since we started recording rainfall here, (that honour currently goes to June 1997, when 184.4 mm was recorded) but it is getting close! Since Dave's blog last Sunday, not including yesterday's deluge, we have had an additional 37 mm of rain...
  • Blog Post: Moths and monsoons

    It has been a busy week and a very wet one here at Lakenheath Fen. So here is a little recap on what has been going on. We have had 34mm of rainfall in the last 4 days and half way into June we have already had slightly more than the average rainfall for the whole month and boy has it tipped down...
  • Blog Post: 15 June recent sightings: Damp dragonflies and damselflies

    Good morning. I will start off where I left off with some recent sightings from Saturday afternoon. A spotted flycatcher was feeding in the big willow near the visitor centre and the ringed white stork that has been hanging around the area recently flew over Mere Hide. There was also some excitement...
  • Blog Post: 11 June recent sightings: Moths take centre stage

    Good afternoon. I will carry on where I left off on Wednesday. Volunteer Nigel saw a red kite over the Washland viewpoint. I returned from a successful stint on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Wildlife Hour and was presented with a poplar hawkmoth that was trapped on the reserve on Tuesday evening: Image...
  • Blog Post: 8 June recent sightings: Back to summer

    Good morning. Apologies for the lack of updates recently, I haven’t been around much recently. I will begin by sharing an image of the white stork that flew over the visitor centre last Thursday: Image credit: Alan Johnson Thank you very much to Alan for sharing this great image with us...
  • Blog Post: 3 June recent sightings: When the winter winds are blowing thrill

    Good morning. It has quite honestly felt like winter here this week so I will begin with a picture that was taken in more summery conditions last Saturday: Four spotted chaser and scarce chaser : Image credit: Liz Knowles Thank you very much to Liz for sharing this great image with us. ...
  • Blog Post: Cranes (& others) caught on camera!

    Good morning. It has been like winter here over the last couple of days so in an attempt to brighten things up a bit, I thought that I would share an image from one of our reserve trail cameras from the last couple of days: Yes, it’s one of our crane parents and it has two chicks. How exciting...
  • Blog Post: 30 May recent sightings: Breezy Bank Holiday

    Good afternoon, as Katherine blogged some recent sightings yesterday, I will try to put a slightly different spin on today’s post. I will start off with some interesting news that we received this morning: As some of you may now, each year, we fit small numbers of our young marsh harriers with...
  • Blog Post: Aliens still emerging! And other sightings.

    Well, it's the end of another busy week, with lots going on down the reserve again. The non-avian stars of the moment are still the ever-emerging dragonflies coming out of our pond bed near the visitor centre. As I type, there are another four people staring intently into the vegetation, with warden...
  • Blog Post: 26 May recent sightings: Creepy crawly country!

    Good morning. I will begin with some photographs that I took on Sunday morning. Common stretch-spider : Drinker moth caterpillar : Furrow orb spider : Cercopis vulnerata : I will start off where I left off on Sunday. A lucky visitor saw four bitterns flying together from Joist...
  • Blog Post: 22 May recent sightings: Incoming!

    Good morning. It’s a lovely sunny morning so here are some more recent sightings. As it is a nice day, hopefully the local hobbys will be performing like they were when these pictures were taken on Thursday 12 May: Image credits: Phil Hacker Thank you very much to Phil for...
  • Blog Post: 20 May recent sightings: Cuckoo central

    Good morning. There has been plenty going on here over the last couple of days but I will begin with some images that have been taken here over the last week or so: Male orange tip : Two cranes in flight: Image credits: Dave Rogers Male marsh harrier : Hobby : Swift : ...
  • Blog Post: 18 May recent sightings: All the colours of the rainbow

    Good morning. Mid-May is a very colourful time of year which is reflected by these great images that have been taken on the reserve in the last week: Black tern : Image credits: Ian Goodall Chicken of the woods : Emperor moth : Image credit: Janet Barwell Female hairy dragonfly...
  • Blog Post: 12 May recent sightings: The rain returns!

    Good morning. It has been a bit wet for the last couple of days so here are some more recent sightings. I will start with a couple of photos that have been taken recently on the reserve: Reed bunting : Cuckoo : Grey heron : Image credits: Tim James Bog bean : Garlic mustard...
  • Blog Post: 8 May recent sightings: Sunny Spring Sunday

    Good morning. It’s a lovely sunny day today so I will begin with some of my pictures from the last couple of days: West Wood: Bird cherry outside the visitor centre: Peacock butterfly: Image credits: David White I will start off where I left off on Friday. A red kite...
  • Blog Post: 6 May recent sightings: Busy times

    Good morning. It’s early May so there is currently a lot going on out on the reserve. I will start off with some pictures that have been taken on the reserve recently: Common lizard : Image credit: Lynne Nunn White dead-nettle : Lady’s smock in the Fen pools: ...
  • Blog Post: Diary of an occasional bittern surveyor

    Good morning. As several of the team are on holiday this week, I volunteered to help out with this morning’s bittern survey. I arrived in time for the 7am kick off and was all set up to head down to New Fen North. However, when volunteers Roger & Janet came in, they reported hearing a bittern...
  • Blog Post: 2 May recent sightings: Hello Stanley!

    Good morning. I will start off with some exciting news: Stanley the cuckoo has been on the reserve recently! If you are not familiar with Stanley, he is one of the cuckoos that has been satellite tagged by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) . You can find out more about his movements by following...
  • Blog Post: 28 April recent sightings: Just "Purrfect"

    Good afternoon. There have been some interesting sightings on the reserve over the last couple of days so here is an update for you. There were plenty of cuckoos around on Tuesday afternoon and Site Manager Dave saw a single crane flying from south of the railway line into Humphrey’s Paddock, the...
  • Blog Post: 26 April recent sightings: Arctic blast

    Good morning. It is pretty chilly this morning so I will begin with some photos that were taken in more hospitable conditions. A bittern from Mere Hide on 6 April: Image credits: Ian Saggers Thank you very much to Ian for sharing this great picture with us. A couple of mine from 17 April...
  • Blog Post: 23 April recent sightings: See the flower, hear the bird!

    Good morning. I haven’t been here much this week but a lot has happened so without further ado, I will begin. I will start of where I left off on Monday. Emma and I went up to the Washland viewpoint at lunchtime. We saw a common tern from the viewpoint itself and a common sandpiper was feeding...
  • Blog Post: 18 April recent sightings: The reserve comes to life

    Good morning. The reserve has really come to life recently so it’s time for some recent sightings. I will start where I left off on Wednesday with a few images that were taken by Ian Goodall on that day: Our first cuckoo of the year: A skulking Cetti’s warbler : A juvenile...
  • Blog Post: 13 April recent sightings: A special species for a centuary

    Good morning. Although the weather has been patchy this week, it’s a gorgeous morning this morning so it’s time for some recent sightings. I will begin with this photo of a wheatear that Site Manager Dave took on the reserve at the end of last week: Image credit: Dave Rogers Thank...
  • Blog Post: 9 April recent sightings: April showers

    Good afternoon. We have had our fair share of April showers over the last couple of days so here are the latest recent sightings. On Wednesday afternoon, Katherine, Emma and Suzanne found an early female whinchat in the area behind Mere Hide. This may be viewable distantly from the path that runs alongside...
  • Blog Post: 6 April recent sightings: Busy times

    Good afternoon. There has been a lot going on here recently so without further ado, I will carry on where I left off on Saturday. A common toad was croaking by the pond dipping platform and a brimstone butterfly was on the wing near the car park. Two great white egrets were on the washland and a single...