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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: 17 June recent sightings: A riot of colour

    Good morning. Although the weather wasn’t terribly inspiring last weekend, there was still plenty going on. A group from the Royal Photographic Society came on Saturday and one of their group members photographed these colourful dead nettle leaf beetles : Image credit: Ann Miles A stoat...
  • Blog Post: 13 June recent sightings: It (mostly) feels like summer

    Good morning! It has certainly warmed up recently! On Thursday morning, a bittern was seen at the edge of the visitor centre pond shortly before we opened up the visitor centre. The collared pratincole was seen at Joist Fen viewpoint and the little bittern was barking near Mere Hide. A roe deer...
  • Blog Post: 11 June recent sightings: Enjoying the sunshine

    Good morning. The weather was a lot better yesterday and the collared pratincole was out and about hunting insects in the heat of the day. At one point, it was directly overhead at Joist Fen viewpoint. Here are some pictures of it, courtesy of Jon Winnan: Image credits: Jon Winnan ...
  • Blog Post: 9 June recent sightings: Another exciting day

    Good morning. It turned out to be another exciting day here yesterday. Despite my reports of negative news on both of the reserve rarities mentioned in yesterday’s blog post , they both reappeared before the day was out! The little bittern was actually heard barking twice in its usual haunt...
  • Blog Post: 8 June recent sightings: Little bittern and collared pratincole

    Good morning, if you are wondering what the title of this blog post is all about, both of these species could have been seen on the reserve yesterday evening. The little bittern was barking away in its usual spot in the triangle just east of Joist Fen viewpoint and showing itself occasionally both...
  • Blog Post: 5 June recent sightings: Alien metamorphosis

    Good morning. There was a definite theme to yesterday afternoon in the office: that of “alien” metamorphosis. Now before you think we have all gone slightly mad, let me tell you why. It all started when these two pictures arrived in our reserve inbox, which were taken on the reserve on 13...
  • Blog Post: 3 June recent sightings: The last couple of days in pictures

    Good morning. I will begin by sharing some great photographs that were taken over the weekend: A smart female scarce chaser : Image credit: Rob Nichols A flying bittern : Image credit: Dave McGough An otter : Image credit: Tim James This otter picture was taken early on...
  • Blog Post: 31 May recent sightings: May, May please (don't!) go away

    Good morning. Its been a while since our last update so here we go again: It is always sad when we get to the end of May as it tends to be the most exciting month of the year here! I will start off when I left off on Tuesday. I saw a beautiful ruby tailed wasp near the visitor centre and there was plenty...
  • Blog Post: 26 May recent sightings: Barking mad!

    Good morning! As you can probably imagine, having Suffolk’s first little bittern since 1979 on the reserve has meant that we have been really rather busy recently! However, there has been plenty of other things going on as these great images show: Dawn over the washland on Friday: A pair...
  • Blog Post: Little bittern pictures

    Good morning. A more extensive recent sightings blog post will follow tomorrow but in the meantime, here are some pictures of the little bittern . Thank you very much to Jon Winnan for sharing them with us: Image credits: Jon Winnan It has been heard barking regularly but is only...
  • Blog Post: 21 May recent sightings: A game of cat and dog

    Good morning! Well, after listening to it barking for around three hours last night, I am pleased to say that I saw the little bittern last night at around 8.30pm! There were plenty of eyes and ears down there last night and local birdwatcher Richard Thewlis did these fantastic sketches of it: ...
  • Blog Post: 20 May recent sightings blog post: The little bittern is back

    Good afternoon all. This is just a quick note to say that the little bittern is back! It has been barking intermittently this afternoon and was seen at around 3.30pm. It is present in the part of the reserve that we know as "New Fen North triangle". This is between Mere Hide and Joist Fen viewpoint...