Lakenheath Fen

Lakenheath Fen

Lakenheath Fen
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Lakenheath Fen

  • 24 October recent sightings: Some welcome whoopers and a brief encounter with a wizard

    Good morning. As promised from my blog post on Tuesday, here are the pictures that were taken on the reserve on Monday:

    A redwing:

    An otter showing how long it is:

    Image credits: Matt Walton

    Thank you very much to Matt for sharing these pictures with us. 

    Suzanne and John were lucky enough to spot a grey wagtail on the veranda behind the visitor centre on Wednesday. We don't see these charming little birds very often on the reserve, so let's hope it comes back again soon!

    Our meeting yesterday morning was delayed which gave me a chance to have a sneaky peak up at the Washland. From the Washland viewpoint I saw at least 46 wigeons and 12 whooper swans. The whooper swans were "whooping" quietly and it was just lovely to see them for the first time this autumn/ winter period. 

    The local kingfishers were showing well throughout the day yesterday with sightings from both New Fen viewpoint and Mere Hide. There was also a large flock of redwings roaming between Brandon Fen and the poplars in the staff car park. 

    We went down to the west end of the reserve yesterday evening and there were at least 10 marsh harriers hunting over the west end of the reserve. This included at least eight females and two males.

    My luck was definitely in when a female merlin tore across the sky right in front of me before disappearing beyond the west end of the reserve. Again, this was my first "speedy wizard" (or merlin) of this autumn/ period so it was great to see it.

    It wasn't all about birds of prey though. Katherine saw two late swallows fly over Joist Fen viewpoint and I saw two fieldfares fly south. Good numbers of meadow pipits were also trickling through, calling as they went. 

    If you are planning to visit this weekend, the weather isn't looking too bad at all.  Please note that due to recent anti-social behaviour, the roadside barrier will open at 8am at the latest at will close at 6pm. We hope to see you soon! 

  • Race for Wildlife 2014: Results and summary

    Good morning. I have attached the results of Sunday's Race for Wildlife below. We raised over £450 through entrance fees and over £50 from the homemade cake sale. All of this money will go directly towards our valuable work to give nature a home here at RSPB Lakenheath Fen. Thank you very much to everyone who took part. 

    Here are some pictures from the day:

    The start of the 2km fun run:

    The winner of the 2km fun run powering across the finishing line:

    Raring to go at the start:

    The start of the 5km & 10km (including 154, (my Dad!) in the left hand side of the shot!):

    The winner of the 10km crossing the line:

    Image credits: Dave Rogers

    We are hoping to organise the event again next year so please keep an eye on our events page for more details. We hope to see you all on the reserve again soon! 

  • 21 October recent sightings: Busy times

    Good afternoon. It has all been a bit mad here recently with Sunday's Race for Wildlife. However, there is still plenty to see and I some pictures that were taken from and around Mere Hide at the end of last week:

    Some lovely shots of kingfishers:

    A female reed bunting:

    A long tailed tit:

    Image credits: David Kenwright

    Thank you very much to David for sharing these great images with us. 

    We were treating to an incredible sight from the visitor centre window on Saturday: A bittern and a kingfisher in the same camera lens view at the edge of the visitor centre pond! Hopefully, some photos will follow soon!

    I got in early on Sunday morning and saw a little owl on the entrance track as I drove in. A kingfisher spent most of the day fishing in the visitor centre pond and another was seen from New Fen viewpoint. There was also a large raptor soaring high over the visitor centre which was most likely to be a red kite

    The kingfisher was again present on the visitor centre pond yesterday morning. Local photographer Matt Walton was also here early and photographed an otter fishing in the river. He also saw good numbers of redwings. Images of both species will follow in Friday's blog post!

    Local birdwatcher and bird ringer Lee Gregory spent some time up at the Washland viewpoint and saw a female or first winter garganey. He also saw 107 mute swans, 94 wigeons and 10 little grebes. A pair of stonechats was also nearby. The female was colour ringed, so hopefully we will be able to fund out where it has come from. 

    It has been a bit stormy here today but the sun is shining at the moment. The great white egret was present on the Washland along with several little egrets.

    Please note that due to recent anti-social behaviour, we will be closing the roadside barrier overnight for the next week or so. It will close at 6pm each evening and open again at 8am each morning. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. 

    A more comprehensive blog post will follow on Friday but until then, have a good week and we hope to see you soon!