Then come along to the Marsh Fayre, Saturday 20th September (that's tomorrow!), 12.00 - 17.00 at Beckingham Village Hall and The Old Willow Works, Old Trent Road, Beckingham - both near Gainsborough.
This event, held in promotion of our nature reserve at RSPB Beckingham Marshes is a celebration of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire communities, crafts, small businesses, charities and entertainers and is kindly organised and supported by KISMET Theatre Company and Beckingham History Group.
Entry and activities are FREE and include -
There is lots going on and something for everyone, so please support the event if you can - it should be a great afternoon out!
Some bird movements in the last few days have produced some nice sightings, whilst insect numbers continue to do well on sunny, warm days. Highlights of the last week include -
Another bittern sighting today on Phase 2.
Spotted flycatcher, 3 greenshank, 6 snipe and 2 jay over the visitor trails yesterday - thanks to Dave Roberts for these.
13 golden plover over our storage containers - first of the autumn yesterday and more overhead today.
Dunlin over the Beach Hut yesterday.
4 hobby feeding over the site - thanks to Dave again for this record.
Several large flocks of small birds around the site including the public footpath alongside the silt lagoons and on the Sustrans route 64 at the south end of the site. Flocks include mixed finches and buntings, tits and chiffchaff. Worth looking through these.
Increasing numbers of teal, wigeon and shoveler - winter approaches!
At least two flocks of c.100 starlings at the north and south end of the site - winter approaches again!
Vapourer moths are on the wing, with the first of the year yesterday from the Beach Hut and on the public footpath.
Hornets feeding up and down the public footpath - take a look at David Morison's photo of these in the gallery section.
Red admiral, small tortoiseshell, speckled wood, common blue, whites, peacock and comma still on the wing. Migrant hawker, common darter and common blue damselfly are still flying in good numbers - summer clings on!
Just a quick bit of good news from yesterday for anyone who doesn't follow our Twitter or Facebook accounts....for the first time in 3 years, we have been able to confirm 2 bitterns on site. Both birds were in Phase 2 yesterday morning - one flying around and eventually settling in reeds and the other sitting in classic bittern pose, with it's neck outstretched upwards. One bird was particularly mobile, so look out for them as they move around the site.
With plenty of sightings from the reed fringe by the dipping platform and the northern most silt lagoon (from the public footpath) recently, there is always a chance of getting lucky - and that chance is now doubled! Please do let us know of any sightings.