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  • Blog Post: New Moths

    We’ve had some interesting moths here at the reserve recently. Joan (the Site Manager) and Vicky (the Assistant Site Manager) regularly run the moth traps (they don’t hurt the moths, Joan and Vicky can have a look at them, id and count, and then let them go) to see what is around. Due to...
  • Blog Post: New moth species for the reserve

    Morning! I hope you are all well. It's been bloggerific recently, I've been writing lots, so do keep an eye on here and check back the past few blogs (you don't want to miss anything!) Anyhoo, a few days ago Vicky (the Assistant Site Manager) found a new species of moth for the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch at Rye Meads!

    The super popular Springwatch is back on the BBC! Excitingly, Springwacth's home this year is at the RSPB's reserve Ynys-hir ! Have you been enjoying the show? Wildlife is amazing, and you can get close to some near you this weekend! Over the weekend of Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June is...
  • Blog Post: Honey bee swarm - June 2012

    Hello all, How are you? Have any of you been to the reserve over the last week? Well round on the main path by the Kingfisher loop (instead of turning left to the Kingfisher hide if you were to go straight on its on that path there) we have a couple of swarms of honey bees Apis mellifera . It's...
  • Blog Post: Rye Meads' first ever BioBlitz

    Afternoon all, How are you? The results are in! Last weekend we had our first ever bioblitz at the reserve. Over the weekend of 14 and 15 July we tried to find every single species (of anything) that is here at the reserve. A BioBlitz is an "intense period of biological surveying...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch weekend at Rye Meads

    Good morning you lovely blogger-ers! I hope that you are enjoying this bank holiday Monday! Rye Meads is open over the bank holidays so do come over and enjoy a lovely walks - and perhaps see the most royal of birds... the kingfisher ! I'm wearing red, white and blue flowers in my hair today as...
  • Blog Post: Garden by the visitor centre

    Morning everyone, How are you today? You know the garden at the front of the visitor centre? Well over the last couple of days we've been watching the wildlifethat visits it... I wanted to show you just a couple of pictures.... Vicky...
  • Blog Post: Councillors see the benefits of learning outdoors!

    Morning all! You know, I really should learn to save drafts of these blogs... this is the second time I've written this! It all went wrong yesterday! (Fingres crossed this time) I wanted to tell you about the exciting event we held last month. On Friday 24 June we hosted a special visit from...
  • Blog Post: There's more to Rye Meads than the birds...

    Good morning, I hope that you are all well on this fine morning, I'm a little bit hyper but it's all good! This week the weather could be in the 20's - you know I read there is a warning about people not getting enough vitamin D through sunlight; so lets enjoy the weather of this week...
  • Blog Post: Hoverflies of Rye Meads

    By Joan Childs, Rye Meads Site Manager Rye Meads is not just about the birds. There are lots of different species from animals to insects to plants. Recently I've been investigating the hoverflies at the reserve. There are more than 270 species of hoverflies in the UK and we have 78 of them...
  • Blog Post: Recent Stuff

    Afternoon all! Wow, third blog in one day! Phew! I hope you are all well, did you all enjoy your Easter weekend? I did, from enjoying the sunshine, to picnics in the park, to Southend and motorbikes, it was all good! What about you all, what did you get up to this Easter Bank Holiday weekend? ...
  • Blog Post: Things you learn - a moulting woodlouse

    Wildlife is amazing! You learn things every day. I took these pictures the other day, and they amazed me - it's one of those things you don't think about... did you know a woodlouse sheds it's 'skin' ! They've got those hard body casings so when they grow of course they'll...
  • Blog Post: Baby Elephants at Family Week!

    Afternoon all, How are you on this lovely afternoon? So this week is family week here at Rye Meads. We've got a trail, crafts and an hour of creature sessions each day! Yesterday was minibeasting (in the torrential rain, which was quite entertaining... or something). Today we went pond dipping...
  • Blog Post: Tree Bees

    Afternoon all! I hope you are all well! Now after all the updates of the community page I haven't learnt how to use everything... So there is now a function that I can add videos in to the blog post. So I nipped out yesterday and took a video of those tree bees I was telling you about, and...
  • Blog Post: The wonderful finish...

    The other day I wrote a blog about "the start of something (that will be) wonderful..." (Click on the words to open the blog post), well I wanted to show you what it is! Over the half term we had our Wacky Wildlife Adventures - the holiday activities for the kids. Well we made this fantastic...
  • Blog Post: May (so far) in Pictures

    Good afternoon! I hope you are all well. You think I would learn, wouldn't you? The amount of times I;ve been writing blogs and I accidentally close the wrong screen. I've lost so many blog posts, but I keep doing it! Someone tell me off! I should've learnt! I'll re-write it and...
  • Blog Post: Buzzzzzzzzzz

    Morning! Wildlife is amazing isn't it! You can learn something every day! It's so clever how wildlife has evolved, its facinating! So, Keith (one of our Lead Volunteers) has just shown me a bee's nest! Which has got me all amazed about bee's! Bee's are brilliant! I love this...