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Exmoors and Koniks
Weekly habitat management update The main bulk of this week has been spent erecting corrals for the Exmoor ponies, which will be used for general livestock management purposes, including routine health checking, holding stock in preparation for being moved, etc. This will hopefully make life much...
9 Jun 2013
"Our" greater flamingo is back! During the last two weeks, this bird has been well travelled, having been reported in Berkshire, then Wiltshire, where it was seen as recently as Monday. Then on Wednesday it turned up at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen and RSPB Buckenham Marshes in the Yare Valley of Norfolk...
12 May 2011
Hope you all had a good Easter folks. I spent the break in Shropshire, enjoying a good list of garden butterflies and a thriving colony of house sparrows - something I don't see many of where I live. Also had a great trip to Anglesey to see a selection of birds that are absent here in Suffolk...
26 Apr 2011
dogding the showers
That was the order of the day yesterday, and could be the case for the next few too if Carol can be belieive on BBC Breakfast News. Despite a wet start to the day, we had another very successful family day. We were actually quite lucky with the weather as there were torrential thunderstorms in Southwold...
13 Aug 2010
Another touch of France
This time last week I was soaking up the rays of French sunshine in the Cevennes, combining leading guided walks with a family holiday. What a great area for watching wildlife. Orchids galore, including two found nowhere else in the world. Loads of butterflies - just don't ask me exactly which blues...
2 Jun 2010
Life And Death At Minsmere
Spring at Minsmere is well and truly in full swing and as we draw to the end of May we have had many natural events and coming and goings to celebrate. Now that the weather is heating up so too is the number of species found in our moth trap. There is something of a changing of the guard in this sense...
25 May 2010
a new day dawns
And what a glorious one it was too. It's always a joy to arrive at Minsmere before first light and watch as the reserve rapidly wakens - notwithstanding the lack of sleep that accompanies such an early start. In fact, my wildlife watching began within five minutes of leaving home this morning...
15 May 2010
New horizons and exciting experiences
Yesterday I attended a South East Regional meeting at Rainham Marshes in Essex. ‘Why South East’ you say? ‘We’re in East Anglia!’ Well, it’s because I’ve managed to get myself a new, full time, permanent job as Assistant Warden at North Kent Marshes (Elmley)...
14 May 2010
A funky chicken moment - aka bitterntastic!
It doesn't matter how much time you spend watching wildlife, there's always a surprise around the corner. And so it was for Adam Rowlands, Minsmere's Senior Site Manager, this very morning. A few weeks ago Adam spent the early hours showing Mike Dilger round Minsmere to record a story...
12 May 2010
Film stars in the making?
Today we had a visit from Grahame, a media man from the Lodge, RSPB headquarters. Grahame came to get some footage of work at Minsmere, specifically about what we’ve been doing for bitterns, but we also had time to visit our new Konik foals for the added aaah factor. So, today was my first taste...
10 May 2010
A bambi moment
Everyone ready to say "aargh! How cute!"? Our second konik foal of the spring was born today, and very cute it looked, rolling around on the bank and staggering on its disproportionately long legs. I have to admit though, that the older foal is probably cuter, as it looks much more in proportion...
8 May 2010
The day after the night before
Hi everyone. Did you stay up all night to watch the election results? With a toddler in the house, I certainly didn't as early starts are the norm anyway. Now, i'm no expert, but did the electorate actually agree on anything yesterday? Anyway, after all the excitement of yesterday's poll...
7 May 2010
Still causing havoc!
It's been a gorgeous day on the Suffolk coast again today. Not that I've had a chance to enjoy it as i've been in the office all day. Loads to do on the computer as usual, plus an interesting meeting with a colleague from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust about our partnership project with them...
6 May 2010
Fences, fences and more fences...
This morning began with more moth ID, a standard beginning to every other day at Minsmere. We haven’t had a vast haul of moth individuals or species over the past few days since the weather’s been a little cold and more than a bit damp. This morning was no exception, with only eight individuals...
5 May 2010
The French foreign legion
From time to time we see birds at Minsmere that are sporting various bling. This is usually coloured leg rings, used by researchers to help to track individual birds in the field so that we can learn more about their movements. Occasionally, however, other forms of tracking are used, such as wing tags...
4 May 2010
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