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

    Another very warm week for late September, although the autumn nights are beginning to take hold as the temperatures dropped to just six degrees on Wednesday night. There was a late contender for bird of the week, with ‘the’ glossy ibis making a return after a two week absence (Photo...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 15 September 2016

    A very hot sunny week, breaking the records for hottest September day since records began. Needless to say the insects enjoyed it, the birds were slightly more muted than usual, and the wardens continued to have fires in the reedbed, raising the temperature even more! The glossy ibis has bid farewell...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 9 September

    A pleasant week of weather with humid cloudy conditions to begin the week followed by bright hot weather to end the week. The star bird this week has been the glossy ibis, who continues to enjoy the Tower Hide. This immature bird has now been with us for nearly three weeks and has barely moved...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 26 August 2016

    Glossy Ibis by Ron McIntyre This week’s star bird was the fine looking glossy ibis . This rather lost bird has been finding the Tower Hide scrape much to its liking throughout the week. It has been feeding well on the muddy edges, usually on the opposite side of the broad, but occasionally...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 21 August 2016

    The second generation of swallowtails has begun, we have had at least 2-3 individuals emerge over the past week. From the look of the weather forecast it would appear that Tuesday may well be a good day to come and try to see them as it may be warm and sunny. A glossy ibis has just been reported from...
  • Blog Post: Second generation swallowtails 18 August 2016

    I will do a fuller update at the weekend, however I wanted to let you know that there have been two swallowtails in good condition seen in the past couple of days. The second generation is always very variable, so the two individuals may be it for the second generation... or we may get many more, we'll...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 12 August 2016

    This week had quite an autumnal feel, with low temperatures and a fresh northerly breeze, however by Friday it was back up to 25 degrees hot and sunny with blue skies. The bird news this week is once again a little thin on the ground, however as always there is still plenty to see. Kingfishers...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 8 August 2016

    Wildlife on the reserve: Summer is well on its way, as we have all felt from the recent high temperatures, and the breeding season is drawing to a close. The spring symphony has passed and an aural tranquillity has settled over the reserve. However the quiet is not to be mistaken for inactivity, there...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 30 July 2016

    A largely fine, warm week with warm nights, dry except Thursday afternoon when there were heavy showers. This weeks star species has to be garganey, for the past week we have had up to 11 of these migrant ducks in front of Tower Hide. They are currently in eclipse plumage so not the dapper looking...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 19 July 2016

    After a few weeks without an update (apologies!) the weather has finally broken and we are currently basking in 35 degree heat. Since the last update there have been a number of notable species seen; firstly on my way into work on 29 June I heard a Savi’s warbler reeling, this stayed until...
  • Blog Post: Quick update 27 June

    We still have a few swallowtails on the wing with two seen today near the pond dipping platform, plenty of dragonflies as well as kingfishers and a few bittern sightings. The heavy rain has made quite a few of our paths a bit soggy so if you are visiting please wear stout footwear. The first field...
  • 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...