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We had an MEP visit the other day!
On 13 July MEP Richard Howitt visited Rye Meads, along with Sacha Cleminson Head of the RSPB's International Biodiversity Policy Unit ! Keith Bedford (one of our Lead Volunteers) and Vicky Buckel (Assistant Site Manager at Rye Meads) took Richard and Sacha around the reserve to look at our fabulous...
25 Jul 2012
Bittern seen this morning!
Good morning, I hope you are well. Just a quick blog to say that we've spotted the bittern this morning so eyes pealed! It was spotted over at the Kingfisher hide , then flew over towards the Draper hide . It has been liking the reebed at the Draper hide this season so it might have landed...
29 Feb 2012
Todays highlights: 23 Feb
A bittern has been seen flying round the Draper this morning! Great news, we haven't seen a bittern since the snow! The kingfishers have been showing off this morning as well! Fab picture by Brenda Clayton! Brenda took this picture on Tuesday of the male at the kingfisher bank. The pair have started...
23 Feb 2012
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...
15 Jan 2012
BREAKING NEWS: first bittern sighting of the season!
I am delighted, and very excitied, to announce that we have had our first BITTERN sighting of the season! It was seen from the Draper hide - they are very camoflaged, so do keep an eye on the reeds you may see them! This fab picture of one of our wintering bitterns was taken last year at the Kingfisher...
1 Nov 2011
Our first ever summer bittern! *Silly alert*
Hello! We are delighted to announce that we have had our FIRST EVER summer bittern at Rye Meads! Bitterns over winter in the Lee Valley but we have done alot of work to impove the reedbed - which is the bitterns habitat - and we hope that one day bitterns will stay and breed. Today we spotted a...
22 Jul 2011
Bittern showing off today
Hi everyone, The bittern has been showing really well today from the warbler hide - and its been there pretty much all day! Woohoo! :)
8 Mar 2011
Morning! Here are some of the highlights from last weekend (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February): There were great sightings of bittern over the weekend! There were two bitterns seen on Saturday - the one that was outside the Kingfisher hide had a ring on its leg. Only one was seen on Sunday...
11 Feb 2011
Bitterns are meant to be shy...
Morning! So bitterns... we keep going on about them but do you know why? Well, they are rare birds a bit like a heron, but with brown streaky plumage. They are very hard to see and usually you're very lucky if you manage to see one! They over winter in the Lee Valley, they don't stay to breed...
6 Jan 2011
Happy New Year and January Sightings
Happy New Year everyone! Ooh first blog post of 2011, how exciting! I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all the best for 2011. Did you all enjoy your time off? As you may know the reserve only closes on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (but we took it in turns to be at work...
5 Jan 2011
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a great Christmas! Don't forget your garden friends this Christmas - they will be hungry too! What's been about in December at Rye Meads? Well... Draper Hide Mallard, gadwall, crow, magpie, coot, moorhen, water rail, snipe, green sandpiper...
23 Dec 2010
Waxwing and bittern!
Afternoon all! Today we have had great views of the bittern from the Gadwall hide . We have two bitterns onsite, yay! Yesterday one of them was showing nicely from the Ashby hide as well so pop in there, but the one at the Gadwall hide has been seen everyday this week. We also had 10 waxwings...
12 Dec 2010
Afternoon all, Just to remind you (see my last blog from this morning!) that Rye Meads is open ! Just make sure you wrap up warm and be very careful if you drive here. We should be open at the weekend (we are planning on it, unless there is lots of snow fall this evening!) You might want to pop...
3 Dec 2010
Good morning everyone! Just thought I would tell you that last week we had a possible bittern sighting! Woohoo! Keep an eye out and let us know if you see one! This picture was taken at last winter at the Kingfisher Hide by one of our regular visitors Peter Hewitt: Bittern picture taken by Peter...
13 Nov 2010
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