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  • Blog Post: The most elusive bird of all

    Butterbump, Bogblutter, toasted Heron... there are many names for a Bittern. But before you all get excited, we haven't seen one this weekend! However I thought you might appreciate an update on the movements we've observed of them so far this winter. Despite the lack of really cold weather...
  • 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: Happy New Year 2016!

    Happy New Year all from the whole team at Rye Meads! To kick 2016 off in the manner we mean to go on, we are carrying out some vital conservation management work here this week. Trees are being removed and cut back around the Gadwall lagoon in order to protect and preserve our wonderful wetland habitat...
  • 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: Autumn Days

    It often seems with Autumn that we're so busy wishing summer wasn't over, and feeling down about impending winter, that we forget to appreciate the beauty of this wonderful season. Well this year it's been different! We've had so many beautiful bright and crisp days with glorious blue...
  • 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: Onsite bird ringing, and a grass snake!

    Thought I'd take a minute to share with you all the results of this morning's ringing event run by the Rye Meads Ringing Group . They and the group went out at 8 am today to look for autumn warblers , and were rewarded with a nice collection (not all warblers!) including Sedge warbler (Acrocephalus...
  • Blog Post: A night under the stars!

    A recent sighting at Rye Meads was 50 intrepid campers who spent a night on the reserve to experience night-time nature and get into the wild and back to basics! The evening started with crafting in the classrooms as we all decorated our own lanterns to hang up outside our tents, it was lovely to...
  • Blog Post: News of a second kingfisher brood and a few dates for your diary..

    As promised, here's the latest on our resident kingfishers and their breeding endeavours this year! On Wednesday 29th July (a week ago tomorrow) a second nest of kingfishers were seen leaving their hole in the bank first thing! Three individuals were counted in total and that could've been...
  • 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: Highlights of June

    Apologies for not keeping you up to date with all the latest goings-on recently, but we have been really busy with all sorts of things including management work, new signage, plans for the summer holidays and entertaining several school groups a day! Unfortunately blogging tends to slip down the list...
  • 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: Results of the Big Wildlife Stocktake..

    We had a good day on Saturday doing minibeasting, pond dipping, birdwatching and generally surveying all the wildlife that lives at Rye Meads. A big thank you to all those that participated as we got some really good results and managed to ID a fair few. In the absence of experts in the field of some...
  • Blog Post: The news you've all been waiting for....

    So, following on from our last post a couple of days ago, it seems that our Kingfisher pair have successfully thrown us all off the scent yet again! In latest developments it seems that possibly their first brood of the year have actually hatched within the last few days and they are now actively feeding...
  • 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...