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  • Blog Post: Daniel's on the Sea's Side!

    Hi everyone, How are you? All keeping well? Have you heard about the RSPB Wildlife Explorers campaign called Are You on the Sea's Side? Well, I have to tell you about one lad who is doing something AMAZING to raise money for this campaign! Daniel Whitelegg, aged 14, is backing the campaign...
  • Blog Post: Calling all 6-11 year olds!

    I don't know if you all know, but we have a Wildlife Explorers Club here at the reserve for kids - to get them interested in nature. Wildlife Explorers is the junior section of the RSPB and we have a monthly club to look at all different type of wildlife. We have lots of different themes - in...
  • Blog Post: What's coming up this summer?

    Morning everyone! There are lots of lovely events and activities planned, so I thought I would give you a quick head-up! On Sunday 6 May we have a Dawn Chorus walk , from 4.45-6.45 am! We are going to be exploring the reserve, and hoping to hear the dawn chorus. It's a guided walk...
  • Blog Post: This week only - art display!

    Don't forget this week we have Steve Kershaw's fabulous art display here at Rye Meads! His fabulous art is on show until Sunday 10 June - you can even meet the artist and see how he creates his work. Paintings, prints and gift cards will be on sale as well as a specially printed book. Steve...
  • Blog Post: Stargazing at Rye Meads - tonight!

    Morning everyone, I just wanted to remind you all that tonight we have a special, never before at Rye Meads event! Pop over to the reserve at anytime between 5.30 and 8 pm tonight and enjoy some stargazing for yourself! Join the Loughton Astronomical Society as they bring telescopes and their expertise...
  • 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: People of Rye Meads - Tom Mason

    Morning! How are you all today? So, I haven't interviewed a volunteer for a while so I thought it was time to do the next in the mini series about the "people of Rye Meads". There is more to a nature reserve than just the wildlife - it takes just shy of 100 volounteers to keep Rye...
  • 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: Rye Meads is part of an exciting new family scheme!

    Rye Meads is delighted to be part of a new scheme for families to go out and explore the natural world! Rye Meads is part of Discover Explore! Discover Explore is an exploration game set in the Lee Valley that encourages families and young people to get outdoors and uncover the stories and history...
  • Blog Post: Today's sightings - kingfisher event

    Hi everyone, So today we have a kingfisher day at the reserve - it's been going really well. We have staff and volunteers up at the kingfisher hide telling everyone what is going on, we've got a special kingfisher trail for children and colouring! The kingfisher pair did their first...
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers have hatched (28 June 2012) and a VIP Kingfisher Experience

    Good afternoon, How are you? I'm very excited to tell you that the kingfishers at the Kingfisher hide have hatched ! The adults were spotted taking fish into the bank! It's a good time to see the kingfishers as the adults will be in and out of the bank every few minutes taking the hungry...
  • 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: We're getting ready to stargaze!

    Ooh the telescopes are unpacked and I've already seen venus and jupiter (and it's 4 moons ) I can even see the rings around jupiter! If you want to come along you are very welcome! Pop over any time between 5.30-8pm! Join the Loughton Astronomical Society !
  • Blog Post: Coming soon!

    Afternoon all, I hope that you are well. Thought I would let you know some of the exciting stuff that is going on this year! Experience the dawn chorus ! We are going to have a special event on Sunday 1 May (it's the bank holiday weekend so you don't have to get up early on Monday...
  • Blog Post: The Urban Birder is coming for a visit!

    Morning everyone, How are you today? We are delighted that David Lindo , the Urban Birder , will be coming over to Rye Meads on Sunday ! David will be at the reserve from 10 am and will be hanging out to chat to people and coming on a walk round the site (which starts at 10.30 am) and will be...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch at Rye Meads!

    The super popular Springwatch is back on the BBC! Excitingly, Springwacth's home this year is at the RSPB's reserve Ynys-hir ! Have you been enjoying the show? Wildlife is amazing, and you can get close to some near you this weekend! Over the weekend of Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June is...
  • Blog Post: Old mobiles and January Sightings

    Hello everyone, I hope that you are all well. Have you been getting out and about? Seen anything nice recently? Did you see the first of the behind the scenes blogs? It was about the behind the scenes stuff thats been going on this winter (not seen it? click here ) What did you think? Interesting...
  • Blog Post: Merlin and Big Garden Birdwatch event

    Afternoon all, How are you all? Just thought I would let you know that we had a merlin flying over earlier this morning! It flew over the car park and then cirled over the meadow before flying off - so keep your eyes to the skies! We had Wildilfe Watch on this morning, where two volunteers...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year everyone! I know I'm a little late with the best wishes, but I've had a couple of days off! So how have you all been? Recovered from the Christmas break? So before we start looking forward to 2012 I wanted to spend a couple of minutes thinking about some of the ' best...
  • Blog Post: Slight mistake in my last blog

    Hi all, I have a confession to make.. you may have noticed in my last blog I had written weekend highlights 11 and 12 July ... I meant AUGUST! Woops! Sorry! Just to confirm - The kingfishers have hatched at the Kingfisher hide, and the adults have been going in and out of the bank taking...
  • Blog Post: Barn owls watch - new dates announced

    Afternoon! We've stayed open until 6.30 pm for a couple of days, to try and spot the barn owls , and we've been asked to run some more! No guarantees we'll spot these amazing creatures! So I am delighted to announce that the Draper and Lapwing hides will be open until 6.30 pm on Sunday...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch weekend at Rye Meads

    Good morning you lovely blogger-ers! I hope that you are enjoying this bank holiday Monday! Rye Meads is open over the bank holidays so do come over and enjoy a lovely walks - and perhaps see the most royal of birds... the kingfisher ! I'm wearing red, white and blue flowers in my hair today as...
  • Blog Post: We're stargazing (and watching wildlife)!

    Hi everyone! You'll have to excuse me for the on-going stargazing blogs, but I like to keep you upto date! Still got great views of Jupiter, Venus is a little trickier to see now, the Andromeda galaxy (it's about 2.5 million light-years from Earth!), the Pollux stars and more! Not only...
  • Blog Post: Art Display by the Rye Meads Wildlife Explorers Club

    Hi all! I hope that you are well. I wanted to let you know that we have a lovely little display of the art work by the children (all aged between 6 and 11 years old) from the Rye Meads WEx Club and that you should all come and have a look! Here is a sneaky preview for you: Spiderweb glistening...
  • Blog Post: Today's barn owl watch and what been going on this week

    I'm back! Did you miss me? I've been on holiday for a week but all will be back to normal from Monday! So, tonight is one of our Barn Owl Watches ! So far one of the pair has been sitting in a tree since about 4.30 pm! Great stuff! Next weekend, on Sunday 18 March, the Draper and Lapwing...