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  • 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: 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: Wildlife highlights of the day - 9 January

    Afternoon all! How are you? It's been so mild at the moment! It really does feel like spring! There was a watervole out showing well over the weekend! They are meant to be underground at this time of year! There's been 46 lapwing over at the Tern hide, as well as 3 snipe , 1 green sandpiper...
  • 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: Waders - over the weekend

    Hello everyone, How are you today? I hope that you are well. I've been away for a couple of days, so I thought I would let you know what waders Joan (our Site Manager) spotted over the weekend! Keep your eyes pealed at the Draper hide as there were a couple of oystercatchers mating! I love...
  • 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: What's about - 17, 18 and 19 December

    Afternoon, Just a quick blog to tell you what we've seen over the weekend and today. We've seen alot of wildfowl - teal , shelduck , shoveler , gadwall , mallard , pochard and tufted duck , as well as mute swan and Canada goose . We have seen (and heard) water rail , snipe and green sandpiper...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update 20 August 2012

    Good morning kingfisher fans! how are you? I just wanted to share a couple of pictures that a visitors took over the weekend. The kingfishers (from the Kingfisher Hide) are feeding young - which is very exciting as it is a good time to see these amazing birds! Over the weekend they were feeding...
  • Blog Post: Do the 'wag'gle dance!

    Morning all! We've had quite a few sightings of wagtail at the moment - great birds! They're called wagtail's as they do indeed wag their tails! Great picture of a grey wagtail by John Young Lovely shot of a pied wagtail by Tom Mason We great views of pied wagtails and...
  • 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: 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: Kingfisher update and weekend highlights (1 Sept 2012)

    Hello again! How are you? Just a quick email to give you a kingfisher update. The kingfishers are still feeding young at the moment. They are taking fish into the bank every 20-25 minutes or so. This is the best time to see kingfishers, once they've fledged the babies will hide away deep...
  • Blog Post: Keep an eye out for kestrels

    Hi everyone, One of our usual breeding birds is the kestrel . We get great views of these fabulous birds of prey as they usually breed in one of the boxes that we have onsite - either on the pylon at the Kingfisher hide, by the car park, or maybe even in one of the owl boxes seen from the Draper hide...
  • Blog Post: Today's sightings

    Hi everyone. There have been some really great birds today, despite all the water being frozen. A bittern was seen flying from the Tern hide to the Ashby hide around lunch time. This morning a female bullfinch was hanging round outside the back of the centre. Lots of fieldfares around. But the highlight...
  • Blog Post: The Urban Birder is coming for a visit!

    Morning everyone, How are you today? We are delighted that David Lindo , the Urban Birder , will be coming over to Rye Meads on Sunday ! David will be at the reserve from 10 am and will be hanging out to chat to people and coming on a walk round the site (which starts at 10.30 am) and will be...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife sightings - 19 March

    Hi everyone, How are you? I went for a walk on the reserve earlier so I thought I would let you know what I saw today: Trails Peacock butterfly , comma butterfly, bees, wasps, fox, greenfinch, chaffinch, great tit, blue tit, robin, blackbird, chiffchaff, cettis warber, moorhen, black headed...
  • 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: Osprey passing over

    Morning all! Occasionally we get ospreys passing over the reserve. Trevor Charnley managed to get these fabulous pictures of an osprey over the reserve on Sunday 2 October. Aren't they fab!
  • Blog Post: More fox pictures...

    Love them or hate them foxes are around occasionally. Keith Bedford managed to get these cracking shots the other day: Wildlife doesn't follow the instructions... like the black headed gulls didn't use the black headed gull island! These are logs we use in our minibeats...
  • 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: 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: 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: Reserve - currently closed

    Unfortunately the reserve is closed today. The buffalo have escaped! We are hoping to be open as usual later today, give us a ring on 01992 708383 if you want to find out of we are open - I'll keep you up to date!
  • 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...