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  • Blog Post: Wildfowl on the Wind

    Well what an exciting couple of days we've had at Mersehead! Again we've had some really strong winds but rather than this bringing storm damage like the last gales it brought pink footed geese and barnacle geese in their hundreds! Another exciting development, since we removed the cattle from...
  • Blog Post: Osprey sighting at Mersehead

    Well it's been an exciting day today for sightings, considering this is our "quiet" time of year when it comes to birds! The day started well with a close up view of a Great Spotted Woodpecker on a telegraph pole near the Visitor Centre this morning then it continued to improve with 2 independant...
  • Blog Post: Holiday Cottages up and running!!

    Great news from Mersehead, our 2 holiday cottages Barnacle and Shelduck are now up and running again! Sadly 3 days before Christmas we were victims of the cold weather and burst pipes meant that both the cottages got flooded and damaged. However after 3 months out of action they are now fully restored...
  • Blog Post: Belated Happy New Year

    Belated Happy New Year to you all!! I hope you had a great break over the festive season. Just a quick update from Mersehead to let you know some of the fantastic wildlife that has been spotted over the last few days. The star of the show has most definitely been the female Hen Harrier who has been seen...
  • Blog Post: Photography Competition Error on Website

    It has just been brought to my attention that there was an error on our website as regards the dates for the Wildlife Photography Competition that we are running at Mersehead. The deadline for entries to the competition must be sent to me by Thursday 21st April - not 21st May as it said on our website...
  • Blog Post: MERSEHEAD OPEN AS USUAL TOMORROW Sunday 24th June

    Not sure if my other blog got through so in danger of repeating myself here, but the expected floods didn't occur today, hooray! So the reserve will be open as usual tomorrow!! We will be continuing to monitor the situation tomorrow but at the moment everything looks fine! We hope to see you soon...
  • Blog Post: No snow but plenty of mist!

    Well fingers crossed we've managed to avoid the snow that has been effecting the rest of the country, however today we have been plagued by a thick fog that has really effected visibility on the reserve. However the geese didn't diappoint, rising out of the mist and entertaining the few visitors...
  • Blog Post: First signs of Autumn

    Well following on from an amazing week last week - sunshine for 5 consecutive days, I was surprised during a stroll today to see the first signs of autumn - rowan and hawthorn berries are starting to appear and replace the wild flowers. The Swallows and House Martins are starting to gather on the telegraph...
  • Blog Post: Mersehead - the Big Game Reserve

    Apologies for not writing a blog for a while, I have been really busy over the last few weeks. Hope you are all having a good summer, despite the rather damp conditions most of us are suffering! Here’s a quick update from Mersehead. We have had a rather wet couple of weeks but this hasn’t...
  • Blog Post: Marsh Harrier at Mersehead

    Since Tuesday 3rd we have had a female Marsh Harrier hunting over the reeds at Mersehead in front of our second hide. We also have a Whimbrel that was last seen yesterday from our first hide. There are still plenty of Warblers, Sedge, Grasshopper and Willow Warblers as well as Whitethroat being seen...
  • Blog Post: It's all about Green!

    Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all enjoyed your festive season! We are now fully open, and back in full swing again. We have already had some exciting sightings on the reserve recently and its all been about green, with a Green Winged Teal, a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper spotted over the last...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful weather for Wildfowl and Wader Wander!

    Well luckily the keeping the fingers and toes crossed and the little sun dance that we were all doing on Friday evening worked and we had a glorious day on Saturday for our first ever "Wildfowl and Wader Wander" sponsored walk! The day started well with 120 Whooper swans flying over the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Well here we are with less than a week to go to Christmas, I for one can't believe how quickly this year has gone! We have had some interesting recent sightings on the reserve, a "Ringtail" seem yesterday flying past the Visitor Centre, a merlin on the merse last Saturday, black tailed...
  • Blog Post: MERSEHEAD OPEN AS USUAL TOMORROW

    Great news, after two days being cut off to the world and some moments when we wondered if we should start googling "how to build an ark" I am pleased to tell you all that the flood water has subsided and the reserve is now accessible to all again!! Therefore the Visitor Centre will be open...
  • Blog Post: Barnacle Goose Celebration Day and Launch of Mersehead Special Edition pin badge

    RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve will be hosting a Barnacle Goose Celebration on Saturday the 15 th of October, as part of Dumfries and Galloway’s ‘Wild Autumn’ series of events. This day will also see the launch of its Mersehead’s new special edition barnacle goose pin badge. This...
  • Blog Post: New Beginnings at Mersehead

    I can hardly believe that it has only been 3 weeks since I packed my bags and my dog, loaded up my Micra and left my Yorkshire roots for a new life in Dumfries and Galloway at the fabulous RSPB Mersehead reserve on the Solway Firth. It already feels so much like home and I have already had so many wonderful...
  • Blog Post: Wild Weather and Wonderful Warblers!

    Well we've had a very mixed week with our weather this week, with strong winds blowing soil and sand off the fields on Wednesday making the main drive onto the reserve seem like the set of a remake of Laurence of Arabia! However things have settled down a bit and today has been sunny and much calmer...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful Wildlife!

    Well what an amazing day it's been today at Mersehead, it started this morning with thousands of barnacle geese arriving on the reserve having spent the night roosting on the sandflats. The last count of geese a few days ago was 6,000 with more arriving today. When it's been a while since I've...
  • Blog Post: Volunteering at Mersehead

    Hi, my name is Justine and I'm a residential volunteer at RSPB Mersehead. I've only been here ten days but already I've seen and done so much! I arrived on a lovely sunny day and the weather's been pretty nice since then, though there have been a few wet and windy exceptions! I've...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Craft Fair this weekend!

    Just a reminder about our Christmas Craft Fair at Mersehead this weekend. There will be a range of stalls selling locally produced crafts, including jewellry, jams and pictures. Santa will be dropping in throughout the weekend and we will have refreshments provided by our Local Group! So pop down between...
  • Blog Post: Sunshine at last - but for how long?!

    Well what a glorious day it has been today, at long last! The sun has been shining and I am sure I speak for us all when I say it has really lifted my mood to glimpse the sun! We have some new arrivals on the reserve that have also been enjoying the rare sun too - a family of baby Moorhen swimming in...
  • Blog Post: Grab a bag and head to our beach

    For all of you that have watched Autumnwatch tonight, you may have heard Chris Packham suggesting you get a bag and head down to your nearest beach to help collect some of the rubbish that so often gets washed up! We'd love to see people grabbing a bag and heading down to our beach to help clean...
  • Blog Post: Water water everywhere...

    Well we've had a very mixed weekend weather wise, with torrential rain all day yesterday, but luckily today has been much better with a little bit of autumn sunshine breaking through the mist! We've had a busy weekend at Mersehead with our friends from the Borders Local Group visiting us yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Art Attack!

    If you're at a bit of a loss how to keep the kids entertained this week, why not bring them along to do some art activities at Mersehead? They can make a snapper or flapper or just do some good old colouring in! All activities are free and will be taking place in the Visitor Centre 11am- 4pm every...
  • Blog Post: Magical Monday Morning!

    Well what an amazing start to the week!! Not only has the weather been stunning - sunny ALL day with NO rain!! But as I opened up the Visitor Cente this morning I noticed two heron in water behind the centre, however on closer inspection I noticed one was them was smaller and much whiter than the other...