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  • Blog Post: Frosty mornings

    Hello All The last few mornings have been glorious with heavy frost , blue sky and sun creating some great conditions. It really feels like winter now. The car park has become a popular area with thrushes as redwing , blackbird , song thrush and fieldfare all enjoy the hawthorn berry crop. The teasels...
  • Blog Post: December is almost here!

    Hello All Only the weekend left and then its December! Then before you know it another year will be over. I popped the moth trap on over night and was rewarded with the aptly named December moth . Once we finished working on the Draper area we started to gradually increase the water level...
  • Blog Post: Searching for the great white

    Hello All A lovely female marsh harrier has been present on site since Thursday. Spending most of her time hunting over the meadow she was sighted again today buy a couple of visitors. A group of 10 lesser redpoll were reported feeding in the silver birches over the weekend and the male pintail continued...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife watch 9 Nov

    Hello Yesterday i spent 2 hours in the Gadwall hide covering one of the regular wildlife watches. It was a lovely morning, some nice wildlife and i got to chat to some visitors. A very obliging grey wagtail kept me company on and off as it kept returning to the stream mouth and shallows in front of...
  • Blog Post: Catch up

    Hello All Haven't we been lucky with some glorious autumn weather, sadly it now seems like the tide is turning and the rain is becoming more of a feature. While working on the Draper clearing the vegetation from the scrape, cutting views into the reedbed and clearing bank side vegetation we...
  • Blog Post: Unexpected visitor!

    Hello All A visitor very kindly reported an unexpected visitor of the feathered variety, today in the form of a juvenile cuckoo!! It was sitting on the fence just passed the cattle shed on the meadow, showing very nicely before flying off in to more cover. An very unexpected siting at this time of...
  • Blog Post: Shrews, voles and mice!

    We were lucky enough last weekend to be visited by Dr. Mark Hows from the Cambridgeshire Mammal Group who set up some small mammal traps on the reserve to survey which species we might have here. Children in the group were able to clamber into reeds and hedges to check which traps had triggered and...
  • Blog Post: Update 22 September 2014

    Hi all Popped out to the Draper and Gadwall hides this morning, and thought i would update you on what was about. Snipe numbers are increasing with 58 at Gadwall hide and a further 3 from Draper. Water rail at both locations with the patches of reed to the right of the Gadwall hide a popular place...
  • Blog Post: September and October events

    Due to a few technical hitches at Rye Meads HQ, you may not be aware of all the events that are coming up at the reserve over the next few months. All will be corrected and amended on the website asap but in the meantime I thought I'd give you a quick rundown for your diaries! This Saturday...
  • Blog Post: VOTE FOR BOB!

    Unless you've been going round with your eyes closed recently, you've probably noticed a certain red squirrel popping up all over the place lately, going by the name of Bob ! So who is Bob? Well, Bob is a representative of nature . He is standing for all nature and natural places, and he...
  • Blog Post: Hirundine Roost - sleepy swallows and snoozing sand martins

    Hello All The Rye Meads Ringing Group (RMRG) have been busy ringing the hirundines that have been roosting on site as they stop off on their migration. Over the last few weeks the RMRG have ringed over 700 swallows and about 70 sand martins, that were caught in front of the Draper hide. Encouraged...
  • Blog Post: Update 29 August 2014

    Hello All Sorry it has been over a week since my last update. With the islands now exposed from the gadwll hide, and the scrape looking good from the Draper hide we are all ready for the continued autumn migration. On a quick walk this afternoon i picked up 90 lapwing, 2 egyptian geese , 2 wigeon...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update 19 August 2014

    Hello All Great news! The third brood of kingfishers have fledged. Unfortunately they were a bit sneaky and fledged early Monday morning or Sunday evening. Fish were seen going in the bank Sunday morning but for the rest of the day the adults were taking no fish in. Monday no fish went in to the bank...
  • Blog Post: Update Friday 15 - Sunday 17 August

    Hello all Friday saw the presentation of the original black-necked grebe painting by the artist himself Steve Kershaw to the lucky winners husband Mr Sears (sadly Mrs sears was unavailable). We hope Mr and Mrs Sears enjoy their lovely painting. And great big thanks goes out to Steve for donating the...
  • Blog Post: Black-necked and black-tailed

    Hello All Today was the day for the draw of the raffle for Steve Kershaw's black -necked grebe painting and the lucky winner is Cathy Sears. Steve will be presenting the painting to Cathy on Friday. If you have not managed to come by and see the black-necked grebes our remaining juvenile black...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful Warblers!

    Hello All Coming up on the 16 August we are hosting an event run by the Rye Meads Ringing Group (RMRG), Wonderful warblers, 8 am - 10 am, £8 non-members and £4 members. This time of year warblers are starting to form mixed flocks with tits and possibly something like a treecreeper....
  • Blog Post: 50 Shades of Orange!

    Hello All As you are aware our pair of kingfishers are currently feeding the young on their 3rd brood! Hurrah. The eggs hatched about a week ago, so they are due to fledge around the 20 August. This is quite an early end to the breeding season for them as they started their first brood early in the...
  • Blog Post: An unexpected evening

    Hello All Little did i expect that a query about an unusual bird at half past three yesterday would turn out to be something quite as good as a spotted crake ! When i got down to the Draper hide the bird was being particularly unhelpful hiding in the vegetation. It then emerged and we could confirm...
  • Blog Post: A Spotted Crake

    This afternoon a Spotted crake (Porzana porzana) has been sighted from the Draper hide! To give as many people as possible the chance to view this rare and often elusive bird, we will be staying open later this evening. Access will be through the front gate as normal, and then round to the right hand...
  • Blog Post: Sightings today 22 July 2014

    Hello All What a lovely day to be be out. A good count of 11 green sandpipers on the Draper scrape this morning which had increased to 12 this afternoon. Also on the Draper today a little egret, grey heron , 4 lapwing , some recently fledged common terns along with a little grebe family. The...
  • Blog Post: Raspberry Clearwing!

    Hello All After a couple of queries, i thought i would pop out today and see if we had any raspberry clearwings this year, boy do we! I put the pheromone lure up near to the raspberry and blackberry patch next to the ramp as you go up to the tern and gadwall hides. With in 2 minutes i had 3 raspberry...
  • Blog Post: Moths today 18 July 2014

    Hello It has been a while since i ran the moth trap so i was slightly overwhelmed this morning when i came to empty the trap and mother of pearl and riband wave came flying out in the dozens. However i was rewarded with a nice full trap and some nice specimens including a couple of hawk moths 1 poplar...
  • Blog Post: Update 17 July 2014

    Hello All Just a quick round up of some recent happenings. The numbers of green sandpipers on the Draper are increasing with 9 on 12 July. As the vegetation is getting quite tall and blocking the view in this area the work party is out there today cutting one of the islands (which has been thoroughly...
  • Blog Post: second brood fledging update

    Hi All Three more kingfisher chicks were seen fledging the burrow yesterday. So a total of 5 chicks fledged for the second brood and brood 3 is well under way. thanks vicky
  • Blog Post: 2nd brood fledging!

    Hello All Just a quick update as our second brood of kingfishers have been seen fledging today! Two young have been seen emerging from the far right hole in the middle row. Kingfishers normally have 6-7 young per brood so we expect more to fledge tomorrow. In other news. When i popped in the gadwall...