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  • Blog Post: What's been about?

    Hello all Thought you might appreciate a small update on unusual and less unusual sightings we've had lately on the reserve. First and arguably foremost.. Kingfishers! Our pair settled down to incubate their first clutch on the 8th April, and have been spotted changing over at roughly 2 hourly...
  • Blog Post: Spring Funday and spring on the reserve!

    Blogs are like buses.. there's none for ages and then they all come along at once! Anyway, just realised we have a few things to tell you about so here we go: First and foremost.. Next Saturday (16th April) is our Big Spring Funday! The day runs from 10 am - 4 pm and there will be plenty to see...
  • Blog Post: kingfishers incubating!

    Hi All Our kingfishers are incubating their first clutch, hurrah! We are happy to report a definite change over witnessed today, so the count down can begin. Incubation is likely to last 19-21 days so we are looking around 27-29 April for the first fish to be taken in to the bank to indicate the eggs...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings to 19/3/2016

    Hello Arriving this morning i was greeted by a singing chiff chaff closely followed by a redwing just in front of the visitor center, so a bit of summer winter over lap. For the first time we have a pair of kestrels in the box at the kingfisher hide and another pair in the box in the car park....
  • Blog Post: Third brood fledged - hurrah!

    Hello All Well finally our third brood of kingfishers have fledged! In a year of trials and tribulations this pair have certainly kept us guessing and this third brood was no different. Fledging was due on Tuesday 22 September, but with the male absent for the last 2 weeks (either predated or died...
  • Blog Post: News of a second kingfisher brood and a few dates for your diary..

    As promised, here's the latest on our resident kingfishers and their breeding endeavours this year! On Wednesday 29th July (a week ago tomorrow) a second nest of kingfishers were seen leaving their hole in the bank first thing! Three individuals were counted in total and that could've been...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher news, second brood fledges

    Hello All Our second brood of kingfishers have fledged this morning, hurrah. We had calculated fledging should be today but with the antics of the pair this year (all our other dates have been out) it was a case of wait and see. But we have received a report from the hide that 2 were seen fledging...
  • Blog Post: First brood fledged for 2015

    Our first brood of kingfishers have fledged, hurrah! As has been the story with this pair in 2015 things did not go as you would expect! The first chick fledged on Tuesday 11 June, followed by another on Wednesday with a third seen at the entrance to the burrow. However at the end of the day the adults...
  • Blog Post: Update 22 September 2014

    Hi all Popped out to the Draper and Gadwall hides this morning, and thought i would update you on what was about. Snipe numbers are increasing with 58 at Gadwall hide and a further 3 from Draper. Water rail at both locations with the patches of reed to the right of the Gadwall hide a popular place...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update 19 August 2014

    Hello All Great news! The third brood of kingfishers have fledged. Unfortunately they were a bit sneaky and fledged early Monday morning or Sunday evening. Fish were seen going in the bank Sunday morning but for the rest of the day the adults were taking no fish in. Monday no fish went in to the bank...
  • Blog Post: Black-necked and black-tailed

    Hello All Today was the day for the draw of the raffle for Steve Kershaw's black -necked grebe painting and the lucky winner is Cathy Sears. Steve will be presenting the painting to Cathy on Friday. If you have not managed to come by and see the black-necked grebes our remaining juvenile black...
  • Blog Post: 50 Shades of Orange!

    Hello All As you are aware our pair of kingfishers are currently feeding the young on their 3rd brood! Hurrah. The eggs hatched about a week ago, so they are due to fledge around the 20 August. This is quite an early end to the breeding season for them as they started their first brood early in the...
  • Blog Post: second brood fledging update

    Hi All Three more kingfisher chicks were seen fledging the burrow yesterday. So a total of 5 chicks fledged for the second brood and brood 3 is well under way. thanks vicky
  • Blog Post: 2nd brood fledging!

    Hello All Just a quick update as our second brood of kingfishers have been seen fledging today! Two young have been seen emerging from the far right hole in the middle row. Kingfishers normally have 6-7 young per brood so we expect more to fledge tomorrow. In other news. When i popped in the gadwall...
  • Blog Post: Today's news. 18 June 2014

    Hello All Just a brief update today. Well there has been plenty of activity at the kingfisher bank this morning. Not only have the adults been taking fish in to the young but they have also been going in and out of another hole! Are they getting ready for a third brood already? Looks possible,...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update 16 June 2014

    Hello all 3 fish have been see going in to the bank this morning so we defiantly have chicks, hurrah. thanks vicky
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers update

    Hello All Ohhh, things are looking good from the kingfisher bank. Initial signs look like our second brood have hatched, we will keep an eye out for a fish going in to confirm, but all signs look positive. So if you are visiting today or tomorrow keep us posted on what activity you see at the bank...
  • Blog Post: Fledging Day Part 2!

    Hello All Today we had 4 young kingfishers sitting well hidden in some bushes near to the bank. Weather theses were 2 from yesterday and 2 more today or all four fledged today and yesterdays had move off from the immediate environs i am afraid we may never now. But by this afternoon we were sure there...
  • Blog Post: Fledging day today!

    Hello All Our first brood of kingfishers is fledging, yey! At least 2 young have been seen emerging from the nest so far, lovely to see thanks vicky
  • Blog Post: Fledging day?

    Hello All It's fledging day for our first brood of kingfishers , however they weren't very keen maybe beacause of all this wind and rain. So we will keep an eye out tomorrow as well, but may have more luck as the weather improves. The young will fledge in the morning but it is very varied...
  • Blog Post: Todays sightings and Kingfisher update

    Hello All Despite it being a bit of a grey and chilly day there has still been plenty of happenings on site. The kingfishers continue to give good shows and are still investigation the favoured burrow, there was even a bit of mating going on! So as the first brood is not due to fledge until 13...
  • Blog Post: Migration in action and Kingfisher update

    Hello All I managed to get out on the reserve yesterday to carry out a count and see what goodies the spring migration has bought in and i was not disappointed. Which was good especially as i had missed the 2 C ommon Crane that stopped off in the meadow for an hour over the weekend and took off over...
  • Blog Post: Thank you!

    Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone that helped out with organising, running and clearing away after funday last Monday, and all those who came along to support us on the day. We had a lovely day and even the weather was kind to us! It was nice to welcome so many new faces onto the reserve...
  • Blog Post: This week 22 - 28 March 2014

    Hello All This week there contiued to be signs of spring passage with highlights being a first year male Marsh Harrier on 22 and 23 March. We were hoping this may be the return of the femle that spent the summer with us last year but sadly this was not to be and he did not hang around beyond the weekend...
  • Blog Post: My first sand martin of 2014 and other sightings!

    Hello All Well what a lovely weekend we had, i hope you managed to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Many of you managed to come down and see us with over 200 visitors on sunday who were rewarded not just with beautiful sunshine but a kingfisher show as well, with the pair mating outside the bank. This...