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  • Blog Post: 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)...
  • Blog Post: Fencing for wildlife

    by Lana Blakely, conservation intern We’ve been listening for bitterns this week, with the aim being to try and determine potential territories. Listening for bitterns requires a very early start! More specifically it’s ideal if you can start listening an hour before dawn, which means...
  • Blog Post: A gorgeous morning

    I don't get the chance to lead guided walks very often, so when John Grant asked me to return a favour and stand in for him leading today's walk, I didn't need much persuading. It was, therefore, with great frustration that I opened the curtains this morning to see a thick cloaking everything...
  • Blog Post: Hot news!

    Within seconds of my last post, a drake ferruginous duck was reported on Island Mere. An excellent record for this time of year.
  • Blog Post: Managing Minsmere

    Keeping Minsmere in tip top condition for wildlife and people is a careful balancing act. We could make the reserve brilliant for one species, but it might be detrimental for others, or mean visitors can't see anything else. We could make it a brilliant place to see wildlife in one seasn, but there's...
  • Blog Post: Ewe'll-tide greetings from Minsmere

    Working at Minsmere, you come to expect the unexpected. Even so, it's not everyday that I look out of the office window to see a flock of sheep staring back at me! That's exactly what happened this morning though. The wardens were moving the sheep from the Chapel Field to new grazing areas on...
  • Blog Post: Count the legs & divide by two

    Today is apparantly the day that all zoos in the UK carry out their annual stock check. They have to count (and account for) every animal in their collections, from mighty elephants to the tiniest insects. I'm sure it can't be too hard to count the mammals, birds and repiles, but the fish and...
  • Blog Post: London buses

    Just like the proverbial London bus, good birds often come along together. Earlier today, one of our volunteers reported six spoonbills flying over the reedbed towards Island Mere. Seconds later, the radios crackled into life again as Paul spotted an osprey heading in the same direction. Now, osprey...
  • Blog Post: ducks galore

    After the excitement of New Year, the pace of the birding has slowed a little at Minsmere recently, but there's still loads to be seen. Ducks are everywhere, especially wigeons and teals , but the smews continue to steal the show. Up to nine birds have been present over the last week, including...
  • Blog Post: Early November sightings update

    Apologies for the lack of a recent sightings update. It's not that there hasn't been much happening. Far from it. We've actually had a really busy couple of weeks for birds. I'll try to summarise the highlights for you. Skuas have featured heavily for those keen enough to try a bit...
  • Blog Post: Ducks and raptors and reedbed birds

    Water levels are finally beginning to return to normal on most parts of the reserve, with all paths now fully accessible - if a little muddy near the sluice. The Levels are a still looking superb, with shallow floodwater covering the marshes. Huge flocks of ducks are gathering out there, including...
  • Blog Post: Operation turtle dove

    They may be one of the UK's best known birds - at least in name - but turtle doves are in trouble. Serious trouble. We've all heard of turtle doves from the famous Christmas song, "The 12 Days of Christmas," which is, of course, factually incorrect as turtle doves are, in fact, summer...
  • Blog Post: Flying the nest, spreading one’s wings

    To quote Bob Marley, ‘the sun is shining, the weather is sweet...’ Today feels much like any other day, and I’m trying to keep it that way. But it isn’t. Today is my last day at Minsmere. On Monday I will take up my new post of Assistant Warden at Elmley Marshes RSPB Reserve...
  • Blog Post: masked visitor

    A rare masked visitor arrived at Minsmere over the weekend. No need to worry, though, as this particular masked visitor was not only harmless but highly prized by many of Minsmere's birdwatchers. The visitor in question was a grey phalarope - a tiny wading bird that hasn't been seen at Minsmere...
  • Blog Post: Invaders from abroad

    In recent years there's been a surprising number of species colonising the UK for the first time. Many more are becoming more frequent migrants and could start breeding soon too. Among the new colonists, herons have been particularly prominent. As recently as 1995 the only species of herons breeding...
  • Blog Post: Comings and goings

    This week we said goodbye to one of Minsmere's popular wardens. Scott Paterson, our Site Manager, has headed back to his homeland to work on the RSPB's Futurescapes project in the Forth Valley, Scotland. Best wishes Scott and family. We welcomed two new winter residential volunteers, who will...
  • Blog Post: The return of the swans!

    A massive total of 80 Bewick's Swan roosted on Island Mere this evening! Also on the reserve today: Two Whooper Swan, Firecrest, male and ring-tail Hen Harrier and at least five Smew. Please check out and "like" our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/RSPB-Minsmere...
  • Blog Post: A great white at Minsmere

    Anyone visiting the Suffolk coast these days can hardly fail to spot a small white heron paddling around in the shallows of an estuary or coastal pool. Little egrets were still rarities as recently as 20 years ago, before starting to breed in the UK in 1995. Colonisation was swift, and they are now widespread...
  • Blog Post: Christmas is coming...the goose is getting fat

    Yes folks, Christmas is approaching, and I don't know what to buy. Lots of you obviously do though as Minsmere's visitor centre was a hive of activity over the weekend for our Christmas Fair. Staff and volunteers were on hand to offer advice on buying birdfood , gifts, RSPB chocolate (palm-oil...
  • Blog Post: Winter is upon us

    It hardly seems right to be saying this in mid October, with the sun shining outside, but I can officially declare that winter has arrived. How can I be so certain? Well, I've defined the first day of winter as the day I see my first wild swan - Bewick's swans arriving from Siberia or whooper...
  • Blog Post: Choose Suffolk

    Eight years ago when I started work at Minsmere, I chose Suffolk. Every year, thousands of birds choose Suffolk. Whether they live here or visit only once, millions of people choose Suffolk. This morning, I joined several tourism colleagues from around the Waveney area and beyond at a workshop about...
  • Blog Post: Minsmere's Springwatch

    Have you been watching Springwatch on the BBC? It was heartbreaking to see those dead lapwing and osprey chicks yesterday after Friday's massive storm, but I was so pleased to see the goldcrest nest has survived - and as for those treecreepers ! After April's flooding at Minsmere, we know how...
  • Blog Post: Long live the king (eider)

    Just when we thought things were looking settled, a surprise discovery brought local birdwatchers out in force on Sunday afternoon. Unlike the recent run of rare visitors, this bird was slightly harder to pin down due to it's sea-going nature. Luckily, as it drifted up and down the Suffolk coast...
  • Blog Post: butterflies add a touch of spring

    Today's star birds were a spoonbill and buzzards. The spoonbill was spotted on the Levels this morning before moving to West Scrape, where it remained visible for much of the afternoon. An excellent passage of nine buzzards was noted over Whin Hill this morning, in three separate parties of four...
  • Blog Post: 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...