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  • Blog Post: Great grey shrike picture!

    Keith Bedford managed to get these pictures of the great grey shrike : So it's still there, it's been moving around a bit - it started on the main path between the Ashby and Lagoon hides, then far end of the lagoon seen from the Tern hide, then across to near the Kingfisher hide,...
  • Blog Post: Saturday 24 September highlights

    Afternoon, Me again. Just thought I would let you know some of the wildlife highlights from today. Two volunteers were out onsite doing a "Wildlife Watch" showing visitors the wildlife from the Draper hide, this is what they saw: 6 green sandpipers 4 yellow...
  • Blog Post: Watervoles in winter

    Morning all, Watervoles are small mammals that are quite widespead in Europe. They live around banks of slow moving rivers, streams, ditches, ponds and other waterways. They watervole population fell drastically (the drop was a loss of 90-95% of the whole population) between the 1960's and the...
  • 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: 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: Bittern's about

    Me again! Blimey it's all go! This morning a visitor saw a bittern flying over the reserve, from the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust side towards the RSPB side! These rare birds are still about on the reserve so keep your eyes pealed! Bittern picture by Peter Hewitt, this bittern was seen...
  • 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: Wildlife Explorers Outdoor Adventure - there are still spaces!

    Hello everyone! How are you? Thought I would pop over and tell you about our Wildlife Explorers Club that is happening on Saturday 6 July . It's something a little different for us, and I am thrilled to say we have 5 spaces left ! On Saturday 6 July (from 11 am-1 pm ) we will be taking...
  • Blog Post: Bittern, water rail, fieldfare, redwing, siskin, and more!

    Afternoon all, So far today we've had some nice sightings! The bittern has been showing off. It's been seen from the steps/ ramp leading down to the Ashby hide - keep an eye out by the reedbeds foropen water and scan the reedbeds for any blobs that light brown colour! There's been a water...
  • Blog Post: White-tailed eagle pics

    Hi all, So I go away for a few days and I miss all the exciting stuff... smew, goosander, eagle, day flying barn owl.... Wow! :) So Joan write a few days agout about the white-tailed eagle that flew over, well Paul Mowbray got these amazing pictures! WOW!
  • Blog Post: Fledgling Kingfishers

    Morning all! I hope that you are all well this fine day. You may have nopticed the last blog saying that the kingfishers have fledged (they fledged on the 15 July). The male did a great job looking after the babies and feeding them after we lost the female, he managed to feed them up nicely and...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update - Feb 2012

    Exciting news! On Friday a pair of kingfishers were seen at the bank going in and out of one of the holes! It's looking good for this year! Fingers crossed everyone! Fab picture by Malcolm Housden, this was the Rye Meads pair seen at the Kingfisher hide a couple of years ago!
  • Blog Post: Wildlife highlights for yesterday - 17 September 2012

    Good morning! How are you today? Just a quick post about some of the wildlife highlights for yesterday. We had some lovely views of hobby flying over the Draper hide hunting dragonflies The garganey is back at the Tern hide. Keep an eye out at the Tern hide you never know...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife in the snow!

    Hello everyone. How are you doing? Keeping warm? The temperature is dropping so it's going to freeze, don't forget that your garden birds and other wildlife will have trouble in the weather (so why not put out some food and water for them!) I thought I would let you know what has been...
  • Blog Post: Dunlin sighting - for a while anyway...

    Yesterday we spotted a dunlin at the Draper hide! We got quite excitied - lovely little bird to see! We haven't seen a dunlin on site since about this time last year! Dunlin's are a small wading bird with a slightly down turned bill that they use to probe in the mud to catch insects, snails...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier 2 Sept 2012

    There is a marsh harrier flying over the meadow right now ! Woohoo! More info when we find out! Click on the picture to go to the RSPB website and find out more information about marsh harrier
  • Blog Post: November sightings

    Afternoon all, I hope you are well. I wanted to tell you what we've seen so far this month: Draper hide Bittern (on the 1st), gadwall, mallard, tufted duck, teal, shoveler, wigeon , coot, moorhen, little grebe, swan, goldcrest, cettis warbler, reed bunting, snipe, dunlin, green sandpiper...
  • Blog Post: The bittern has been showing off today!

    Hi all! Earlier I mentioned that the bittern has been seen (as well as water rail , redwing , fieldfare , siskin , loads of ducks and more)... Well we went out again and stood on the ramp (the big zigzag ramp and stairs that leads down near the Ashby hide)... it's very easy to walk past this are...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher and other wildlife update 31 March

    Hi everyone, How are you? I thought I would give you a bit of an update about the wildlife that is around at the moment! Kingfisher picture by Peter Hewitt We'll start with kingfishers ... To be honest we aren't sure quite what they are doing! We've been getting brilliant views...
  • Blog Post: Today's highlights - 27 February

    Hi all, How are you all today? Have you had a look at the blog that I wrote earlier today - the great grey shrike was about again on Saturday! There are some nice pictures, check it out! Today we've had some lovely views of the kingfisher . The male has been abbout, sitting on the posts...
  • Blog Post: What's that strange brown mouldy thing?

    Slightly odd blog title I know... but we've had quite alot of questions recently about some brown things next to the path... so I thought I would do a blog post and explain all! Just over the first bridge along the edge of the path, and up the banks there are things that currently look like this...
  • Blog Post: We're staying open late this Sunday!

    Don't miss out! On Sunday 19 February we are going to be closing late ! You asked us to open later so the Draper and Lapwing hides will be open until 6.30pm ! John Bridges (rspb-images.com) No guarentees that the barn owls will be seen though! We stayed open late last weekend, and...
  • Blog Post: People of Rye Meads - Tom Mason

    Morning! How are you all today? So, I haven't interviewed a volunteer for a while so I thought it was time to do the next in the mini series about the "people of Rye Meads". There is more to a nature reserve than just the wildlife - it takes just shy of 100 volounteers to keep Rye...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife highlights for today: Thursday 13 September

    Good afternoon everyone, how are you? Just wanted to do a quick up date about some of the wildlife highlights that have been about today... We've had brilliant views of: teal , shoveler , tufted duck , mallard , gadwall , mute swan , Canada geese , grey heron , cormorant , little grebe ...
  • 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...