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Strumpshaw Fen & the Broads
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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 27 February

    A very mild week with almost warm sunny spells, apart from Thursday when it decided to rain a lot to coincide with the weekly work party. Highlights from the fen included nine pochard and six tufted duck, so far they are this years peak counts. A bittern was seen on Tuesday morning, bearded tits have...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 20 February

    A fine sunny start to the week gave us t-shirt weather while working for the first time this year. This warm sunny weather broke on Thursday afternoon when all of a sudden 12 hours of rain hit us. The fen has seen a busy half term week for people, luckily there were good viewing opportunities for...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 2 February

    A much cooler week with icy Northerly winds and a few very light snow flurries amongst sleety showers. The reception broad has been 80% ice for the majority of the week, however the deeper channels have remained unfrozen. The fen has seen otters on most days with two being seen from reception yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 30 January

    Wow where did that month go! This week has seen a mix of bright sunshine and snow showers, today started at -2 and was very frosty, but cleared to reveal a beautiful big blue sky, lovely. The typical winter birds are still present in much the same numbers, with redwing and fieldfare numbers increasing...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 26 January

    Although distant, the orange legs and bill of the bean goose stand out amongst the pink feet The famous four are still being seen at Strumpshaw bearded tit, marsh harrier, otter, bittern, although the only one of the four which is appearing regularly in numbers is the faithful marsh harrier. A...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen Sightings 16 January

    The week started with water, lots of water! On Sunday night a large surge of water headed up the river Yare due to tidal locking at Great Yarmouth coinciding with predicted high tides. The result was water entering the fen over the entire length of the Lackford Run and at various places along the riverbank...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen Recent Sightings 9 Jan

    Happy New Year to all who read this blog, apologies for the lack of updates over the Christmas period. The wildlife on show on the reserve is largely similar to late December, however a few subtle changes have started occurring. For example the shelduck numbers have started to build at Buckenham which...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 24 December

    A mild and windy week so far with relatively low tides has meant some drying out of the riverbank. This is great news as it is now slightly easier to walk to Tower Hide, the not so good news is that some very high tides are due for the next week, so the trails may well get flooded, for this reason it...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 19th December

    It's been a slightly odd week of weather, with a balmy 12 degrees on Wednesday night followed by t shirt weather on Thursday (for working outside at least) and now we are warned of cold air coming to East Anglia over the weekend. This weather could push some more wildfowl south during the weekend...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 12 December

    It has been another cool and blustery week at the fen, although on occasion bright and sunny with fantastic blue sky and frosts. A double low tide (without a high in between) on Tuesday saw the fen water level drop dramatically, which will hopefully have purged the last of the saline water from the fen...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings December 6

    After a slightly dull week the sun has come out today to reveal a beautiful crisp frosty day, a great day to be out and about. The cold weather movements that I have been predicting for the past few weeks have finally arrived. The continent has finally started to freeze up a little, which means that...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen sightings 29 November

    The water level has rapidly increased this week due to heavy rain over the weekend. This water has been entering the fen through an inlet sluice connected to the Lackford Run, the fresh water has been allowed to flood into the fen to help flush out the saline water from previous flooding events, next...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen sightings 21 November

    At long last our penduline tit decided to reveal itself to a few lucky observers. I first heard the bird on 11 October and it has taken up until this Wednesday for anyone to see it properly enough to fully confirm identification and what's more is that there are actually two birds present. They both...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen Recent Sightings 15 November

    A slightly cooler week caused a small movement of wildfowl across the reserve, this was most noticeable at Buckenham Marshes. On the marshes the pink footed goose numbers rose to the 1000 mark along with 80 white-fronts, 200 Canada, 25 Barnacle, 17 Egyptian and 140 greylags, this has produced a mini...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen Sightings

    Autumn has now fully arrived at the fen, I even changed the sightings sheets in the hide to winter today! With the arrival of some cooler air and easterly winds we have seen our first visible migration over the fen in recent days. Visible migration is quite an amazing thing to witness when you get your...
  • Blog Post: Early Autumn Update by Ben Lewis

    The autumnal feel on the reserve has been backed up by a few typical autumn species emerging or migrating through the reserve in the past few weeks. An Osprey has spent just over a week in the Strumpshaw/Rockland area, last being seen on the 9 September. Tower Hide has provided a very good spectacle...
  • Blog Post: Sizzling summer sightings at Strumpshaw Fen

    The breeding season is coming to an end now and most of our marsh harriers have fledged and many have dispersed from the site, but there is still plenty of high quality wildlife action to be found. One female bittern nest is still feeding young but the other nest seems to have fledged, with male, female...
  • Blog Post: The nectar garden is back on form!

    The nectar garden at Strumpshaw Fen has been looking a little threadbare since its revamp earlier in the year, but in the last few days it has really filled out and is starting to bloom. Dame's violet, thyme and geranium all pulling in nectar hungry insects. The star of the show is always the swallowtail...
  • Blog Post: You know spring is really underway when ...

    Everyone has their own favourite milestone that marks the arrival of spring, and for me it’s the arrival of willow warblers from their African winter quarters. And here they are - in the last week, the soft lilting warble of the first few willow warblers has joined the chorus of blackcaps , chiffchaffs...
  • Blog Post: Signs of spring

    Spring is stirring at Strumpshaw Fen - the sun is shining (for the moment!), snowdrops are peeping up through the woodland floor, and woodpeckers are drumming to proclaim their territories. But winter's not quite over yet - there are still large winter flocks of wigeon, teal, and golden plover at...
  • Blog Post: Who's that girl?

    A dainty little lady has appeared outside Reception Hide at Strumpshaw Fen. She really brightened up a damp afternoon for us. She's the first one of her kind to visit Strumpshaw for several years. Can you guess what she is? A few clues: she's a rare winter visitor (probably from Scandinavia...
  • Blog Post: What's that creeping in the trees?

    If you go creeping through the woods at Strumpshaw Fen, there's a good chance you'll come across a few other creepers along the way. Now's a great time of year to look out for treecreepers - today I stood in one spot and spotted four treecreepers sneaking up the trees nearest to me. They...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at Strumpshaw Fen, Dec 2013

    Okay, it's blowing a gale today, so not the best day to visit. But when it all calms down you'll be wanting to blow off those xmas cobwebs with some good old fresh air and exercise. So here's an idea of what might be in store if you visit Strumpshaw Fen for your post-xmas walkabout: ...
  • Blog Post: A wild winter wonderland

    Buckenham and Cantley Marshes are fantastic at the moment. The marshes are a real hive of activity, with thousands of wintering ducks, geese and wading birds swirling in great flocks above the open expanse of marshes. The wardens and volunteers have quite a challenge to count the birds, but here’s...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife round-up

    It's been another typically autumnal week on the wildlife front at Strumpshaw Fen, possibly with a hint of winter. Bitterns have been showing daily around the reserve, with an impressive 3 together at the fen hide today. Otters and kingfishers have also put in daily appearances. The biggest surprise...