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  • Blog Post: Calm after the storm!

    Glad to report that despite absolutely horrendous weather yesterday all at Mersehead have survived pretty much unscathed although some of oour paths are a little water logged and muddy! We even had 5 intrepid visitors who braved gale force winds and torrential rain to visit us yesterday! Four of them...
  • Blog Post: Don't be put off by the weather!

    Well what a surprise, it's raining again! However we have had some good weather recently and lets face it if we let the weather rule our plans we probably wouldn't risk doing anything outside would we?! For those of you that decide to pay us a visit but don't fancy venturing too far we...
  • Blog Post: Spring has sprung at Mersehead!

    At last after a long, cold and sometimes rather slippery winter, we have reached the bitter end and I am glad to announce that Spring has finally sprung at Mersehead!! We’ve had our first summer migrants turning up with sightings of Wheatear and Chiffchaff in the last few days and the lapwings...
  • Blog Post: The Barnacles are coming!

    Just a quick update to let you all know that 2 barnacle geese have been spotted in West Freugh, in Galloway today so here's hoping that we'll soon see the geese back at Mersehead. This is always an exciting time as we eagerly await the return of the barnacle geese from Svalbard. As they arrive...
  • Blog Post: Glossy Ibis still here!!

    Well great news the incredibly cold night we had up here last night doesn't seem to have put our Continental visitor off!! Eric (our Land Operations Co-ordinator) got over 80 photos of the Glossy Ibis this morning and I went for a look myself earlier on today! It is hanging out in a different part...
  • Blog Post: Skylarks and Linnet take to the skies

    Well we are surviving this cold spell and actually have been very lucky at Mersehead with hardly any snow. The reserve is open as usual with the Visitor Centre being open 10-4pm every day apart from Christmas Day-28th December and 1st-4th January 2011 when the Visitor Centre will be closed, however the...
  • Blog Post: Red breasted goose spotted near Mersehead

    According to a recent facebook post on our Mersehead facebook page a red breasted goose was spotted today hanging out with a flock of barnacle geese in a field at Loaningfoot near Dumfries! Definitely worth keeping an eye out if you are passing that way. Since the mist has risen over the last couple...
  • Blog Post: Feathery Fireworks

    As we approach Bonfire Night, here's a reminder about a free guided walk I am leading on Saturday - Feathery Fireworks,2.30-4pm. When we'll be looking for some of the spectacular aerial displays the birds put on for us at this time of year, we'll be looking for the big flocks of barnacle...
  • Blog Post: Green winged teal seen today

    The green winged teal was seen again today on a number of occasions from the Bruaich Hide. Also someone reported seeing a ruff from the hide last night. There has been some lovely bird song today, particularly from the skylark that are singing over the merse and also over the car park. The red breasted...
  • Blog Post: Mersehead on Countryfile this Sunday!!

    Just a quick blog to remind you all to watch Countryfile at 6.25pm tomorrow (Sunday 20th May) on BBC 1. The programme is coming from Dumfries and Galloway and features a section from Mersehead where Ben talks to Ellie Harrison about our resident Natterjacks! There is also a bit from Hannah over at the...
  • Blog Post: Natterjacks awake!

    There was great excitement on Thursday when Ben our Assistant Warden and a team of volunteers were down at the Natterjack pools giving them a bit of a facelift, they spotted 3 Natterjacks newly awakened from their winter slumber! One was still in it's whole, flat out on its back snoozing! Literally...
  • Blog Post: In a hole in the ground there lived an otter...

    In a hole in the ground there lived an otter, or so I’ve been told. Since arriving two weeks ago, countless people have recounted stories to me from around the reserve. Stories of brief and prolonged encounters, stories of scuttling along hedgerows and moving gracefully through the water, but always...
  • Blog Post: Easter fun at Mersehead

    Happy Easter to you all from everyone at Mersehead. We hope you all have a good one whatever you choose to do! If you are still unsure how to spend your Easter Sunday and you are going to be near Mersehead, why not come along to the second day of our Easter Craft Fair which is taking place in the Sulwath...
  • Blog Post: Great views of Green Winged Teal

    We have had a couple of recent good sightings of the Green Winged Teal from our Bruiach Hide (first hide) on Friday afternoon last week. A visitor also spotted a ruff, 100's of curlews and a female merlin from the hides on Thursday last week too as well as a ring tail hen harrier flying over the...
  • Blog Post: The Conn man strikes back

    Well looks like I can’t avoid it for anymore, as a regular residential volunteer here at Mersehead (on my fourth stint now) I have so far managed to avoid writing a blog but it seems I can’t avoid it for ever :) Trying to think what to write I find myself reflecting over previous visits...
  • Blog Post: My first week at Mersehead

    First to introduce myself at the start of the blog. My name is James Walker and I am on a placement here at RSPB Mersehead from the 25th of September until the 10th of December as part of my work placement year at Salford University where I am studying a degree course in Wildlife and Practical Conservation...
  • Blog Post: Natterjack Toad Evening Walk

    Wednesday 12th May. 8pm - 10pm Join the Warden for an evening stroll around the reserve, where we will be listening out for the rare Natterjack Toad. The males musical call to the females can be heard at dusk, and we may be lucky enough to hear drumming snipe too. We advice you bring stout footwear...
  • Blog Post: Ruff weather

    It all started off so well today with something very unusual, round and yellow in the sky!! Were my eyes deceiving me or was it the.....sun??!! The first half of the day was mild, sunny and dry, sadly it didn't last, returning to the normal rain later in the afternoon. Never mind birds and humans...
  • Blog Post: It's all go at Mersehead!!

    Well we really have had an exciting few days at Mersehead with some amazing wildlife sightings! The week was kicked off nicely with a couple of sightings of a Glossy Ibis on Monday, firstly from the Bruaich Hide and then flying over the Visitor Centre, heading west towards Rockcliffe! It hasn't been...
  • Blog Post: It's Going Wild this Wednesday

    Just a reminder that Wednesday 6th April sees our very first Wild Wednesday event!! We will have paper plant pot making and art activities for for kids and we also have themed workshops throughout the day! The first sessions running 11.30-12.30pm then it'll be repeated at 1.30-2.30pm and finally...
  • Blog Post: Watching and Waiting!

    Well as I sit here I can't help but have a creeping feeling of anxiety as we wait to see what the next couple of hours will bring!! At the moment the rain has stopped and although the burn is high and full of water the drive is dry - however all this is likely to change as the high tide starts to...
  • Blog Post: Little Egret

    Well the Little Egret that was spotted a couple of weeks ago at the reserve is still around and has been enjoying hanging around in the water just outside the Visitor Centre. I was lucky enough to see it in flight on Thursday just behind the workshops! That's not the only bright white bird that's...
  • Blog Post: Leucistic Barnacles and Ringed Black Tailed Godwit

    The reserve is still full of birds! We had some fantastic sights of the barnacles today, they were really restless so seemed to spend the majority of the day flying around the reserve looking for somewhere to settle. Amongst the barnacles that were grazing near the Visitor Centre today were two leucistic...
  • Blog Post: Egret or not...

    A visitor came in today to say he'd been watching a large white bird about the same size as a heron in one of our scrapes, just as he was trying to figue out what it could be it flew away! He said it flew very much like a heron too. As there was a heron nearby he was pretty sure the two birds were...
  • Blog Post: First Sand Martin seen today

    Well signs of Spring continue on the reserve, the first Chiffchaffs were seen on Friday last week and Ben, our Assistant Warden saw a Sand Martin today! We're eagerly awaiting the arrival of more spring migrants including Willow and Sedge Warblers, Swallow, House Martin and Redstart! There have...