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  • Blog Post: 22 March recent sightings: How wonderful it is to see the sun!

    Good morning. Once the solar eclipse was over and the sun actually came out on Friday, it was a lovely day. Emma went down the reserve in the morning. She saw a great white egret and two cranes just west of Joist Fen viewpoint. She also heard two bitterns booming in the same area. I finally saw my...
  • Blog Post: 20 March recent sightings: March winds

    Good morning. The weather has been a bit hit and miss this week but there has been plenty to see nonetheless. I begin with a few pictures from last weekend: A skulking water rail at the edge of the visitor centre pond: A redshank on the washland (alongside the remains of a large pike !): ...
  • Blog Post: 14 March recent sightings: Good weather for ducks

    Good afternoon. Waterfowl have featured very prominently here over the last couple of days so the majority of today’s images are wetland themed: A group of Canada geese in flight: An action shot of a mute swan : A great white egret and a little egret : A group of curlews in...
  • Blog Post: 12 March recent sightings: Its all about the mustelids

    Good morning. Members of the mustelid family (that includes stoats , weasels and also badgers ) have featured quite prominently here at Lakenheath Fen this week. I will start with some pictures of the local stoats : Here are some pictures of the partially ermine individual: Image credits...
  • Blog Post: 8 March recent sightings: Mid afternoon update

    Good afternoon. There has been so much going on this weekend that I thought I would do an update now. This gives me the chance to share some of the great pictures that have been taken over the weekend: A hunting barn owl : A great white egret in flight: Two pictures of “Little &...
  • Blog Post: 7 March recent sightings: What, waders here?!

    Good morning. This reserve has never been well known for waders but they have been quite prevalent here this week (for us, anyway!) I will start where I left off on Tuesday. A great white egret flew over the visitor centre and there were four oystercatchers on the washland. Two common curlews flew...
  • Blog Post: 3 March recent sightings: A right old song and dance

    Good morning. We have had another great couple of days here. I will begin though with a picture I have not shared yet: A roe deer grazing alongside the entrance track: Image credit: Matt Walton Roy and Emma spent most of the day out on the reserve on Saturday. They saw two great white egrets...
  • Blog Post: 27 February recent sightings: So much to say, so little time!

    Good morning. This week has been great as there has just been so much to see! I will start with some photographs that have been taken in the last week: Firstly, we have these lovely images of a long tailed tit that were taken by eight year old Amber Wallis: Image credits: Amber Wallis ...
  • Blog Post: 21 February recent sightings: A bit of variety

    Good afternoon. I've got a busy day planned tomorrow so, slightly earlier than usual, here are some recent sightings. Suzanne went for a walk at lunchtime on Thursday and saw two great white egrets from New Fen viewpoint. She also saw a stonechat perched up on the riverbank. The reserve team...
  • Blog Post: 19 February recent sightings: Breezy days

    Good morning. With the exception of Monday, the weather has been really good for birds of prey this week. It has been sunny and breezy which have meant that we have had great views of them. The conditions were especially good on Tuesday morning and local photographer Matt Walton was out and about...
  • Blog Post: 15 February recent sightings: What a difference (two weeks) can make

    I returned to the reserve yesterday after two weeks "down south". I was amazed by how much things have changed: lots of our resident birds are now singing and both pairs of cranes have (finally) returned! Before I get on to some recent sightings, here are some pictures that were taken recently...
  • Blog Post: 10th February recent sightings – Counting cranes (and other birds!)

    As the sun started to rise on Sunday morning, myself and Katherine were ready and waiting at Joist Fen viewpoint, in order to see how many cranes had roosted on the reserve the previous evening. There had been regular sightings of two pairs during the week, but we weren’t sure if they were heading...
  • Blog Post: Up close and personal to a bittern! (and roadworks are complete)

    Firstly, the roadworks on the B1112 are complete, and access to and from the reserve is now much nicer! Now on to more interesting things! I'm quite lucky working as a Warden on a fantastic nature reserve. My job means that I have, fairly unrestricted, access to every nook and cranny of the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Happy World Wetlands Day for tomorrow!

    This blog post has been inspired by several factors: It’s my last blog post for a couple of weeks Its World Wetlands Day tomorrow It’s the year of the reserve’s twentieth birthday If you are not familiar with World Wetlands Day , it celebrates the adoption of the Convention...
  • Blog Post: 31 January recent sightings: It's getting lighter!

    Good morning. Apologies for the slight delay in providing some recent sightings, I have had a busy week. Fortunately, the reserve has also been busy with wildlife as well! Starting on Monday, a great white egret was on the washland along with three wigeons . A drake pintail was also present, which...
  • Blog Post: 25 January recent sightings: It's Big Garden Birdwatch weekend!

    Good morning. Although the majority of the reserve has been frozen up all week, there has still been plenty to see. On Thursday, a water rail was skulking around at the edge of the visitor centre pond and two bitterns were chasing eachother around on the washland. It was work party day and the team...
  • Blog Post: 22 January recent sightings: It doesn't take too long....

    Good morning. It has been really rather cold this week so wildlife watching has been limited to short forays out onto the reserve. However, you don't necessarily need to be out for very long to see something good! I went out briefly on Tuesday morning and here is the view that I had of the washland...
  • Blog Post: 19 January recent sightings: The joys of winter

    Good afternoon everybody. Slightly later than planned, here are some recent sightings from the last couple of days. I will start where I left off on Thursday. Ex-Site Manager Norman went down to Joist Fen viewpoint for the afternoon. He saw at least 18 marsh harriers and a male hen harrier . One...
  • Blog Post: 15 January recent sightings: A day early

    Good afternoon! Apologies for two posts in a day but I am going into a local school to talk about the Big Garden Birdwatch tomorrow morning so I won’t be able to blog then! I will begin with some pictures from Sunday: The washland in the morning sunshine with a great white egret just about...
  • Blog Post: 11 January recent sightings: A walk on the wild side

    Good morning. The weather has been a bit wild for the last couple of days so I will start with a few more pictures that were taken hear last week, in (mostly) calmer conditions: A chiffchaff that was ringed in Brandon Fen last Monday: Image credit: Lee Gregory A great white egret and a little...
  • Blog Post: 9 January recent sightings: Gulls & egrets

    Good morning! Gulls and egrets have definitely been the flavour of the week this week. Local birdwatcher and bird ringer Lee Gregory spent three hours up at the washland viewpoint on Monday afternoon. There were over a thousand gulls present, including two Caspian gulls : This included a second winter...
  • Blog Post: 4 January recent sightings: The sun, the wet and the cold!

    Good morning. It turned out to be a lovely day on Friday and there were plenty of people out and about enjoying the first sunshine of 2015. There was plenty to see from the Washland viewpoint and the most unusual sighting of the day was of a water shrew swimming around close to the viewpoint. There...
  • Blog Post: 2 January recent sightings: 50 not out

    Good morning. Now that I am back at work, I better at least try to get back into at least some kind of routine. I will therefore blog recent sightings today and then on Sunday. The weather wasn’t exactly ideal yesterday and it got windier as the day went on. However, I still braved the Washland...
  • Blog Post: 1 January recent sightings: Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year to you all! We hope you all had peaceful and enjoyable Christmases. I will start the New Year the way I usually do: by announcing the results of our staff and volunteer year list challenge! Well, inevitably, after Katherine won by one species in 2012 and I won by one species in 2013...
  • Blog Post: 18 December recent sightings: Twas a week before Christmas!

    It’s my last day in the office before Christmas so here are some recent sightings from the last couple of days along with some information about our Christmas opening times. I will start of with another picture from Monday followed by some exciting bird news. A lovely view from New Fen viewpoint...