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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: Reminder: tomorrow's barn owl watch

    Afternoon all, How are you? Are you enjoying your weekend? I just wanted to give you all a quick reminder about tomorrows Barn Owl Watch . The Lapwing and Draper hides will be staying open until 6.30 pm ( the reserve opens as usual at 10am, and the rest of the reserve will be closing at 5...
  • 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: Kingfishers hatched!

    Morning, Very exciting news everyone! We are pretty sure that the kingfishers have hatched! It's very exciting! Keith has been to the kingfisher hide and within 45 minutes he saw the male taking in 3 fish! Woohoo, it looks like the young have hatched! This is the best time to see kingfishers...
  • Blog Post: Whats about - 18 April

    Hi everyone, How are you today? I thought I would let you know what has been about recently.... Do you remember the Love Passage Waders Challenge ? Well it is still going ahead, and we need you! This is a competition between RSPB reserves to see who can spot the greatest range of passage...
  • 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: 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: A hunting we shall go...

    Morning all, How are you today? I hope you are all having a nice weekend! :) Like them or not, foxes are fascinating creatures. Keith Bedford managed to get these amazing pictures of the fox hunting the other day, have a look - What a brilliant series of pictures!
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: The kids are in charge!

    Hi everyone, How are you? You may know that over the school holidays we run an educational scheme for children aged 7-13. Well today the kids went out with the camera ... and I thought I would share some of their photos! These are all pictures taken by the children on today's Wacky Wildlife...