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  • Blog Post: 2nd July Kingfisher news

    Morning everyone! I'm baccccck! Well, I haven't been away but it's been pretty busy here at Rye Meads so I haven't had a chance to tell you all the exciting stuff that's going on! (Fingers crossed that the blog works this time as this is the third time I've written this!) ...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update - 21 June 2012

    Hi all, Just thought I would let you know about the kingfishers - as I know that is what everybody like to see! Well, the pair at the Gadwall hide are still feeding young, we have had lovely views recently. Keep an eyey out as they have been investigating other holes - so they could be getting...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher news - 14 April

    Hi everyone, Sorry I haven't updated in a little while - it's the Easter holidays so we've been busy with childrens activities (more about that later)... But I had to tell you the exciting news... We just saw a change over at the kingfisher bank ! This means that they are sitting...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update - 11 June 2012

    Morning all, How are you? Quick update on the two pairs of kingfishers! Lovely picture of one of the Rye Meads kingfishers by Peter Hewitt The pair at the Gadwall hide are feeding young still, although over the weekend they were investigating lots of the other holes in the bank - so perhaps...
  • Blog Post: Today's sightings - kingfisher event

    Hi everyone, So today we have a kingfisher day at the reserve - it's been going really well. We have staff and volunteers up at the kingfisher hide telling everyone what is going on, we've got a special kingfisher trail for children and colouring! The kingfisher pair did their first...
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers have hatched (28 June 2012) and a VIP Kingfisher Experience

    Good afternoon, How are you? I'm very excited to tell you that the kingfishers at the Kingfisher hide have hatched ! The adults were spotted taking fish into the bank! It's a good time to see the kingfishers as the adults will be in and out of the bank every few minutes taking the hungry...
  • Blog Post: The kingfishers have hatched!

    We think that the kingfisher chicks have hatched at the Kingfisher Hide as visitors have seen fish being taken into the bank! Adults start taking fish into the bank once that eggs have hatched. Each chick can eat 12-18 fish a day, and are fed in rotation - once a chick is fed, it moves to the back...
  • Blog Post: Murals in the Hides - the Kingfisher hide

    Hello everyone, Welcome to the next installment of the murals in the hides ! Today this is all about the Kingfisher hide! We get a lot of comments about the murals (who painted them etc), and a while ago I came across the original information about the murals, so I thought I would start a little series...
  • Blog Post: What's about this week?

    Hi everyone, How are you? How's your day going? I thought I would tell you some of the lovely wildlife we've seen recently... Draper hide - teal, shoveler, shelduck, tufted duck, mallard, gadwall, Canada goose, mute swan, little grebe, coot, moorhen, grey heron, black headed gull...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update and weekend highlights - 20 and 21 May 2012

    Good morning all, How are you today? I hope you had a nice weekend. Just a quick update about the kingfishers (as I know that's what you all want to know) and the wildlife highlights of the weekend. Stunning kingfisher picture by Peter Hewitt Well.... the kingfishers were still taking in...
  • Blog Post: Murals in the hides - Tern Hide

    Welcome to the start of a new mini-series - the murals of Rye Meads! We get alot of comments about the murals (well they are fab!), a little while a go I rummaged across the old information that used to be up in the hides (these were up before the visitor centre was built, and the building is about...
  • Blog Post: Today's highlights - Monday 7 May 2012

    Afternoon everyone, How are you? Happy Bank Holiday Monday! Just thought I would let you know some of the wildlife highlights of the day... The kingfishers have been showing nicely today. The Gadwall hide the pair have been quite active, it seems they have decided on a hole, and are doing...
  • Blog Post: Great grey shrike - Sunday 18 feb

    The great grey shrike is still here! It's been seen towards the Kingfisher Hide, by the tree with the bat boxes on it! Very exciting! Well I'm off to try and see it!
  • Blog Post: Today's highlights - 16 May

    Afternoon everyone, How are you? Just wanted to let you know some of the highlights for today... There was a marsh harrier flying over the meadow today! Great views! Click here for information about marsh harriers! Some of the other highlights for today include: It's been...
  • Blog Post: Barn owls watch - new dates announced

    Afternoon! We've stayed open until 6.30 pm for a couple of days, to try and spot the barn owls , and we've been asked to run some more! No guarantees we'll spot these amazing creatures! So I am delighted to announce that the Draper and Lapwing hides will be open until 6.30 pm on Sunday...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife highlights - 2 June 2012

    Hello everyone, I thought I would tell you some of the highlights recently... There are two pairs of little ringed plover investigating the scrape at the Draper hide. Lovely picture by Brian Bishop The other day there was a pair of redshank around on the Draper as well - keep an eye out! There...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife and Music - Live Music from Kate Doubleday

    Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to be at this unique and intimate folk evening, here at Rye Meads, on Wednesday 27 July at 7 pm. Contemporary folk singer and songwriter, Kate Doubleday will be performing this one-off concert in Hertfordshire during her tour of RSPB reserves throughout...
  • Blog Post: Wasp nest

    Morning all, Did you all take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch? Has any one seen the small wasp nest , about the size of a golfball, in the back of the Warbler Hide? Andy Schofield , who is the RSPB warden from The Lodge nature reserve, identified it as a paper wasp nest...
  • Blog Post: Murals in the Hides - the old Ashby hide

    Evening all! How are you? Welcome to the next installment of the murals in the hides! Today this is all about a hide that doesn't exist any more! We get a lot of comments about the murals (who painted them etc), and a while ago I came across the original information about the murals, so I thought...
  • Blog Post: Warbler hide - closed

    Hi everyone, How are you? Just so you know the Warbler hide is closed for now. The ramp needs some love and attention and we will have it open as soon as we can. The path up to the hide is still open so you can still walk along that path to try and spot warblers!
  • Blog Post: Today's highlights - 4 July 2012

    Hello everyone! how are you? I've just been over to have a look at Draper hide to see what wildlife is about... There are two black-tailed godwits , two green sandpipers , two lapwing , two little egrets , a teal , gadwall , pochard , mallard , tufted duck , coot , moorhen , black headed...
  • Blog Post: Kestrels

    Hi everyone, On Friday 1 July the kestrels (that were nesting in the box on the pylon that is in the car park) fledged. I can add pictures back onto the blog again so I wanted to show you some of the pictures! Over the weekend of 9 and 10 July I took a couple of pictures to show you. The young...
  • Blog Post: Murals in the Hides - Gadwall Hide

    Welcome to the next installment of the murals in the hides! Today this is all about the lovely mural in the Gadwall Hide! We get alot of comments about the murals (who painted them etc), and a while ago I came across the original information about the murals, so I thought I would start a little series...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger - Andy Hawksworth "Becoming a Volunteer"

    Andy is a volunteer here at Rye Meads, and he has written us a little piece about becoming a volunteer: Becoming a volunteer at Rye Meads There’s something about people visiting a nature reserve. People smile and talk to you! Help you, even. In towns and cities it’s different; people with...
  • Blog Post: 23 August - Kingfisher update

    Afternoon everyone, Quick update on what is going on kingfisher wise... We are not completely sure what is going on with the kingfishers - but there is definately a pair on eggs at the kingfisher hide! Very exciting! Kingfisher by Peter Hewitt