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  • Blog Post: kingfishers incubating!

    Hi All Our kingfishers are incubating their first clutch, hurrah! We are happy to report a definite change over witnessed today, so the count down can begin. Incubation is likely to last 19-21 days so we are looking around 27-29 April for the first fish to be taken in to the bank to indicate the eggs...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings to 19/3/2016

    Hello Arriving this morning i was greeted by a singing chiff chaff closely followed by a redwing just in front of the visitor center, so a bit of summer winter over lap. For the first time we have a pair of kestrels in the box at the kingfisher hide and another pair in the box in the car park....
  • Blog Post: Would you like to improve your photography?

    It's all gone a bit photography mad down here at the moment with all the spring weather encouraging people to get out and about taking pictures of wildlife ! Our local photographer and all round volunteer Tom Mason ran a session for the wildlife explorer's last month, teaching them basic skills...
  • Blog Post: Rye Meads Roundup to 19 February 2016

    Hi All Wildlife and visitors alike have been enjoying the beautiful weather this week with frosty mornings and beautiful blue sky days. Can you spot the female brambling? There is a definite spring feel on site with robin, reed bunting and dunnock singing their claims and black thorn,...
  • Blog Post: Path closure update - 21 January 2016

    Hello All The work clearing the scrub on the lagoon banks is going really well. We have had a 360 digger with flayel attachment working on the banks from the Ashby hide down to just before the turnstile, since Tuesday. Today however this machine has moved to an area off the visitor trails so we are...
  • Blog Post: Temporary Closure

    Hello All Well first to say that the Tern and Gadwall hides are now open again. But also to inform you of some more closures. There will be no access beyond the Ashby Hide from Tuesday 19 January 2016 . This is to allow contractors access to the track in order to cut scrub (predominantly bramble)...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings to 7 December 2015

    Hi all We have quite a few gold crest on site this autumn/winter with 4 being seen together around the visitor center. A couple of visitors also managed to catch a fire crest near the Draper hide last week, a real treat. Fire crest image by Peter Spanton sighted near the Draper hide It is...
  • Blog Post: Weather update

    Good afternoon The wind has calmed down a bit now so we will open up for the last couple of hours of daylight. Thanks Vicky
  • Blog Post: Weather

    Morning All Due to strong winds Rye Meads is currently closed. We will assess the weather conditions through out the day and let you know when we will re open Sorry for any inconvenience thanks vicky
  • Blog Post: Around today

    Hello All I went out on to the reserve this morning to check out the damage caused by the storm a few days ago, we had a few minor branches down but more importantly the fence leading up to the gadwall hide was blown over, another job to add to the list. So i headed out armed with some apples to feed...
  • Blog Post: November News

    Hello All Despite being very foggy this morning it was well worth a look round the reserve today. There are lots of fallen leaves to kick through, the trees are still looking stunning in there autumn colors, fungi are popping up and cobwebs were sparkling like tiaras with their dew jewels. ...
  • Blog Post: Jack Snipe

    Hi All We have been exceptionally lucky today to have this stunning and very obliging Jack Snipe putting on a display at the Ashby Hide. It arrived yesterday and we all have our fingers crossed that he will hang around for a few days and more of you will get to see the classic bobbing! Thanks to...
  • Blog Post: Tufted duck with nasal saddle

    Hello For those of you who noticed a female tufted duck on site a few months ago, with an green/blue bit of plastic over its beak with some lettering on. This turned out to be a nasal saddle, a version of ringing, that makes it much easier to identify a bird, when the more usual leg ring is underwater...
  • Blog Post: National Moth Night at Rye Meads

    Hello All After a successful and productive summer of moth trapping using MV (Mercury Vapour) Robinson light trap i decided to try out some new moth recording techniques to support National moth night. National moth night is organised by Atropos and Butterfly Conservation. It runs annually over...
  • Blog Post: Third brood fledged - hurrah!

    Hello All Well finally our third brood of kingfishers have fledged! In a year of trials and tribulations this pair have certainly kept us guessing and this third brood was no different. Fledging was due on Tuesday 22 September, but with the male absent for the last 2 weeks (either predated or died...
  • Blog Post: Access and road closures

    Hello All We have a couple of notices for you re road closures in the area which may affect your access to the reserve. Firstly due to road works Rye Road will be closed in the vicinity of the bridges over the River Lee and train line on Sunday 19 June for the day. This means there will be no access...
  • Blog Post: First brood fledged for 2015

    Our first brood of kingfishers have fledged, hurrah! As has been the story with this pair in 2015 things did not go as you would expect! The first chick fledged on Tuesday 11 June, followed by another on Wednesday with a third seen at the entrance to the burrow. However at the end of the day the adults...
  • Blog Post: Update May 2015

    Hi All Migrants continue to pass through site with a whimbrel on Draper 24 April (in 2014 we had a whimbrel stop off on the day of our first Fun Day 21 April so only a few days late this year), 2 whinchats on the meadow 25 and 26 April and 1 female on 27 April, again the Draper gave us dunlin , 4...
  • Blog Post: Return of summer migrants 2015

    Hello All Haven't we been enjoying some lovely weather. The early part of April bought us migrating sand martin on 3/4, marsh harrier on 1 and 3/4, willow warbler 3/4, and the first little ringed plover 6/4. Although the highlight for me was a fly over short eared owl . By chance i was out...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update 1 April 2015

    HI All Just a quick update on the kingfishers, to say currently we don't know whats going on!! Last week we were sure that incubation had started although the female did seem very reluctant to leave the nest chamber when the male came to do a change over. And we had calculated hatching to be...
  • Blog Post: Seasonal Trail

    Hello All We are opening a seasonal trail tomorrow, the first of April 2015! This will allow you access to an area of site not usually open to the public. The trail follows access usually used in the winter by heavy machinery such as a digger clearing out ditches or the Truxor cutting reedbed...
  • Blog Post: Path update 19 February 2015

    Hello The paths are all open. Clearance of the ditch is complete and the blockage has been removed which means the path is no longer flooded, however it is a bit gloopy in places where the digger has been so no white trainers advised. We will endeavor to clear up the worst of the mud and hopefully...
  • Blog Post: Spring is on its' way!

    Hello all Spring is definitely in the air today, a beautiful frosty morning with blue skies and sunshine! The last few weeks have seen plenty of spring signs emerging with the arrival of the pure and pristine snowdrops, buds bursting on the sallows revealing the pussy willow inside, leaves emerging...
  • Blog Post: Path Closure 16 - 18 February 2015

    Hello Contractors will be on site clearing the blocked ditch that is causing flooding to the path between Ashby and Tern and Gadwall Hides next week. This means there will be no access beyond the Ashby hide from Monday 16 February to Wednesday 18 February 2015. We are sorry for any inconvenience...
  • Blog Post: Path Closure update 6 February 2015

    Hello As many of you will be aware we currently have a blocked ditch that is causing flooding on areas of the path between the Ashby hide and the Tern and Gadwall hides. We are due to have contractors on site in the next 2 weeks to clear the ditch at which time the path will be closed from just beyond...