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Strumpshaw Fen & the Broads
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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 24 June 2016

    A warm week with a wet start and a humid end, very heavy rain on Thursday night left much surface water on the trails and roads. A week with all the expected summer species seen including a late(ish) cuckoo on Tuesday, two bitterns in flight together on Friday, marsh harriers feeding young and...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 17 June 2016

    Generally a very nice week with warm sunny conditions interspersed with rain showers and the odd overcast day like today (Friday). The highlight of the week will have to be the swallowtails once again. When the sun was shining we had plenty of sightings from all over the reserve, including; five...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 10 June 2016

    Bright warm sunshine for the majority of the week, with several days above 20 degrees, the week ended on a cooler note with warm overcast conditions. Swallowtails were very much in evidence for the whole week, they are showing well at the reception nectar garden, with at least three seen together...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 6 June 2016

    A quick update to say that the swallowtail butterflies have well and truly emerged and are showing well from various places around the fen. The most reliable place is the nectar garden just by reception; a combination of dames violet full of nectar and full sun has almost guaranteed sightings. A swallowtail...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 3 June 2016

    A week to forget weather-wise. A cool bank holiday weekend followed by torrential rain and strong winds in the early part of the week making way for cool cloudy conditions at the weeks end…flaming June? Despite the weather conditions there have been some good sightings throughout the week;...
  • Blog Post: The First Swallowtails Have Emerged at Strumpshaw Fen!

    We had our first swallowtail butterfly emerge on Friday afternoon! What fitting start to our 40th birthday celebration weekend. They have emerged a little later than usual this year, as I pointed out in my last blog. However it looks as if the time is right for them now, we just need some sunny spells...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 19 May 2016

    A cooler week with mostly cloudy conditions, a break in the weather on Thursday saw warm sunny spells, but a cool breeze kept temperatures down a little. A great white egret was seen from reception on Monday and Tuesday, it was photographed well at Fen Hide and then seen flying around the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 13 May 2016

    A week of mixed weather, ranging from 24 degrees and full sun right through to cool and cloudy by the end of the week. The highlight of the week was the fourth record for Strumpshaw of red backed shrike . A female was seen from Fen Hide and Reception on Tuesday, unfortunately the news did not get...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 6 May 2016

    Well, that’s a bit more like it! Spring has arrived at last; a week of warm weather and sunny spells. Warblers were particularly evident this week, finally getting a decent amount of weather to advertise their presence through singing. All migrant warblers are in and being seen regularly; lesser...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 29 April 2016

    Cold air still hangs over us, but the suns warmth is clearly strengthening, the temperatures are predicted to rise soon. This week has seen the last of our expected migrants return, namely garden warbler . We now have the full set on our sightings board, even if a hobby just put in a brief flyover...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 15 April 2016

    Another week of contrasting weather; warm sunshine at times followed by thunderstorms and persistent rain on Friday, quite a typical spring week. The birds have been continuing to arrive from Africa throughout the week with additions including reed warbler, grasshopper warbler and common tern....
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 7 April 2016

    A week consisting of typical April weather, mild and sunny days interspersed with cold winds and heavy showers, there was even a pretty impressive thunderstorm one evening. It has been another good week for unusual species on the reserve, with the penduline tit taking up the star position. The penduline...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 1 April 2016

    A week of spring sunshine, with some interspersed cloud. Enough warmth in the sun to bring out some insects. The highlight of the week was the penduline tit , after two months it finally gave itself up for the morning on Thursday being faithful to the area just beyond the first sluice. It was particularly...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 24 March 2016

    This week has seen some good birds at the site again; the penduline tit has been busy keeping people waiting throughout the reserve. It has now been seen either side of Tower Hide, half way along the riverbank and from the river end of Sandy Wall, so it does get around a lot, but it is possible to see...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 18 March 2016

    High pressure has brought a fairly settled week of weather, mainly mild and dry during the day with cool nights. The northerly and easterly winds have kept temperatures down and also held back some of the early returning migrants, although there was some evidence of migration. This week did see...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 10 March 2016

    A snowy start followed by a mild and sunny end to the week with the promise of a mild dry weekend ahead. This week has seen many of our more regular birds showing well. Marsh harriers have been talon grappling, displaying and calling well in recent days; the first few sticks have been seen being...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 4 March 2016

    A week of all weathers, we have had blue sky and sunshine, full cloud, warmth, cold and even heavy sleet, you could say it has been a typical late winter/early spring week. This week’s highlight was a fine male penduline tit , seen and photographed well by a single observer for just five...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 26 February 2016

    A week of relatively settled weather with fairly cool calm conditions. This week has seen a good increase in wildfowl numbers, today from reception; 112 gadwall, 12 pochard, 18 shoveler and nine tufted ducks. These ducks are busy pairing up and displaying making their interesting mating calls....
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 18 February 2016

    Another pleasant week with sunny spells, a few showers and in contrast to recent weeks, it was mostly calm. Avian highlights this week have included the Siberian type chiffchaff seen and heard on Thursday, most probably Wednesday too. This intriguing bird has sparked a bit of a debate as it has...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 12 February 2016

    A very similar week to last week weather-wise; strong winds to begin followed by a calm spell of pleasant early spring weather. One of the key themes of the week has been departure: flocks of fieldfare and redwing have been seen throughout the week, mostly at dawn and dusk. These birds appear to...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 5 February 2016

    This week has been mostly dry, mild and earlier in the week very windy. The star bird this week was the Siberian chiffchaff , which returned briefly on Saturday and Sunday along the riverbank. The bird stayed long enough for a few people to see it and then it was gone, until I heard it again in...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 9 January 2016

    Wet, mild, and very wind to end, just about sums up this weeks weather! It has not quite decided which season it should be at the moment, so unsurprisingly the wildlife is also beginning to feel a little confused. Sightings from the fen this week have included a hen harrier, a juvenile male seen...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 22 January 2016

    A freezing start to the week brought ice to much of the reserve, but with clear skies it was a most pleasant until Friday when a mass of warmer air arrived, bringing cloud and rain to the fen. The colder conditions did not push the hoped for wildfowl to the area, perhaps it was too little too late...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings Strumpshaw Fen 17 January 2016

    Winter has finally arrived! As I write this sightings blog the sky is blue, the air is crisp and Reception Broad is covered in ice apart from a 15m hole containing over 50 ducks of varying species. A cold snap has come as quite a shock to the system, but a welcome and quite needed shock. The avian...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 27 December 2015

    With the mild weather still with us, it has at times, felt quite spring like over the past week. While we have calendars to tell us that it is in fact still December, some birds have really started to sing rather well in recent days. The classic fen species are all being seen with some frequency from...