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  • Blog Post: Mersehead Bioblitz 2016

    On the 18th and 19th June we embarked on a weekend long Bioblitz. A bioblitz is when people including experts and local people gather together and record as many flora and funa within a designated area and time. We were very lucky that the Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre joined us...
  • Blog Post: recent sightings by Colin Bartholomew

    Photo By D Beaumont A birds eye view of parts of Mersehead, as we wait for the first of our summer visitors to arrive this is probably what they see on arrival! Speaking of which things do appear to be late this year, nevertheless skylarks are singing in abundance across the merse with over 50...
  • Blog Post: Mersehead Recent Sightings 12th – 18th March

    It certainly feels like spring today, it is warm, sunny, the lapwings are displaying, the daffodils are in flower and lesser celandine is peeking out from under the hedges. Lesser celandine is one of the earliest wild flowers to appear and is the floral equivalent of the swallow; both reappear around...
  • Blog Post: Mersehead Recent Sightings: 13th – 19th February

    Yesterday excitement spread across the office when a snow goose was spotted in the hay field behind the car park. At the start of the winter, a snow goose was seen at Caerlaverock and then moved over to Cumbria for the majority of the winter. Last week, the snow goose was sighted back in Dumfries and...
  • Blog Post: Mersehead Recent Sightings: 6th - 12th February

    Green-winged teal was spotted in the wetlands from Meida hide on Sunday. Green-winged teal are the North American equivalent of our native Eurasian teal and can be identified by the vertical rather than horizontal white stripe. On Monday, we were out completing the monthly wildfowl and waders reserve...
  • Blog Post: The Creepers and the Crawlers

    Did you know the average garden has over 2000 species of insects? That’s 2000 little creepy, crawling critters sneaking through the undergrowth! That’s 2000 more than I’d like anywhere near me! Gosh I hate bugs. Always hated bugs. They just make my skin crawl! It’s something...
  • Blog Post: It's been a Ruff week!!

    In the last week we seem to have been constantly battered by storms, peaking on Thursday (15 th ). Heavy rain and hailstorms have caused water levels to rise considerably meaning the access road has been flooded and several fields are now saturated. Thankfully we have not witnessed the same scenes as...
  • Blog Post: Otterly brilliant!

    It has been another fantastic week here at RSPB Mersehead, with clouds of geese frequently filling the sky, aerobatic flocks of lapwing, hoards of dabbling and diving ducks on the expanses of open water and busily twittering and flitting flocks of finches, tits and buntings in the fields and hedgerows...
  • Blog Post: Sunrise to Sunset

    As autumn draws to a close and winter creeps ever closer there is still plenty of colour to be seen around the reserve. Sunrise at this time of year can be particularly stunning, mixtures of fiery reds, glowing oranges and mellow yellows reflecting off low sweeping clouds can make the sky seem alive...
  • Blog Post: Treasure Hunt Answers

    On Saturday 15th March we had our first treasure hunt and i would like to thank everyone that part in this event. The answers to the treasure hunt are: Treasure point Nature Challenge History Challenge 1 How Tall am i? A Sumatran tiger is...
  • Blog Post: phone line unavaliable

    Hi everybody, just to let you know that our visitor centre phone is currently unavaliable. If you need any informaton about our events tomorrow or next week please call our main office number which is 01387 780298. We will let you know when our phone line is back up and running but family fun friday...
  • 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...