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  • Blog Post: Update

    Hi All The third brood of kingfishers have hatched, which means increased activity at the nest bank! So you still have time to pop down for a visit. We are looking for fledging around 5 or 6 September and have arranged another early morning kingfisher event for 10 lucky people www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynatu…...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful warblers 6 August 2016

    Hi All Summer is drawing to a close, the swifts are gone! I had 2 circling over the visitor center Thursday as i locked up, will they be the last of the year? However there are still plenty of warblers about, as we saw this morning from our wonderful warblers event in-conjunction...
  • Blog Post: Update 20 July 2016

    Hello All To start with we have kingfisher news! The kingfishers have fledged their second brood yesterday! Five young were seen leaving the bank and hanging around the pool, while the adults were kept busy bringing fish in, excellent. Over the past few weeks the adults have also been mating and clearing...
  • Blog Post: Kestrel fledging

    Hi All Arriving this morning to an empty kestrel nest box, was quite sad (although we were expecting the 2 chicks to fledge any day) until this little fella peered in the office window. He then proceeded to explore the wildlife garden and compound, where he found lots of bits to climb...
  • Blog Post: Floods and hatchings

    Hi All A couple of updates for you today. Firstly the kingfishers have hatched their second brood, hurrah! The adults have been seen taking fish in to the nest bank today a sure sign that the eggs have hatched. Currently the fish being taken in are very small, but it will not be long before the...
  • Blog Post: National Moth Night at Rye Meads 10, 11 and 12 June 2016

    Hello All Hope you all had a great National moth night. Despite the deterioration of the weather we ran the moth trap over 3 nights and 15 visitors joined Erin and i to empty the trap at 9 am. We recorded a total of 77 species over the 3 days and hawk moths put on a good show with 3 poplars on the...
  • Blog Post: Sightings update 3 June 2016

    Hello All Since fledging their first brood on 24 May the kingfishers have been busy courting and mating in preparation for the second brood. They have settled on a new hole for this clutch (middle row of sand right hand end) and fingers crossed incubation will start soon. A number of broods of...
  • Blog Post: Update 12 May 2016

    Hi All The last few days have seen a flurry of migrant activity here at Rye Meads. With the Draper scrape being the most popular spot with 3 common sandpipers (still 2 yesterday) 2 dunlin, little ringed plover, oystercatcher and greenshank. We also had a report of a nightingale singing intermittently...
  • 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...