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  • Blog Post: 27 July recent sightings: Here comes the rain

    Good morning. We have got some inconvenient but much needed rain here this morning so instead of gazing out of the window waiting for the rain to stop; I thought I would update you all with some recent sightings. I will begin with some great images that were taken on the reserve last week: A stoat...
  • Blog Post: 23 July recent sightings: Images and Words once again

    Good morning. I will begin with an apology: I didn’t post any images in my last recent sightings blog post . I hope you all accept my apology and rest assured, images will be back with a vengeance in today’s post! I went for a walk down to New Fen viewpoint before work yesterday morning...
  • Blog Post: 21 July recent sightings: Variety is the spice of life

    Good afternoon. I haven’t been here since the end of last week so this afternoon’s sightings may be slightly eclectically arranged! On Friday afternoon, a kingfisher was fishing in front of New Fen viewpoint and two bearded tits were feeding on the grit tray in front of the viewpoint....
  • Blog Post: 15 July recent sightings: Blue is the coulour

    Good morning. I will begin with some fantastic kingfisher images that were taken from Mere Hide on Tuesday: Image credits: Graham Joyce Thank you very much to Graham for sharing these wonderful images with us. There was a bittern survey yesterday morning and bitterns were seen from...
  • Blog Post: 9 July recent sightings: We have lift off!

    Good afternoon. I will begin with some fantastic news: One of the crane pairs that call the reserve home fledged two young yesterday! This is wonderful news and here are some pictures of the family: Image credits: Dave Rogers This is the second consecutive year that this pair...
  • Blog Post: 7 July recent sightings: A sight of summer, upon my return

    Good morning. I have returned from two extremely busy weeks working at RSPB Bempton Cliffs as part of my sabbatical to find that summer has come to RSPB Lakenheath Fen. I will begin with a couple of interesting sightings from last weekend. A great white egret in breeding plumage was seen from New...
  • Blog Post: 2nd July Recent Sightings – “Bittern heading your way!”

    Is, thankfully, the phrase I heard plenty of times over the radio on Thursday! As previous blogs have mentioned, it’s not been easy to pin down how many bittern nests we have on the reserve this year.Our surveys have recorded very little activity and been inconclusive to say the least, which...
  • 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...