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Strumpshaw Fen & the Broads
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  • Blog Post: Swallowtails enjoying the warm sunshine

    When the sun shines these rare gems fly! Unfortunately the weather has not been overly kind so far, however they are being seen with increasing frequency each sunny day. Today I have seen two from Fen Hide and the individual pictured above taking advantage of our nectar garden by the reception...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 22nd May

    Four-spotted chaser and mother shipton moth, Ben Lewis Finally a decent looking forecast for the weather for a bank holiday weekend. The next week looks like it will be kind to the swallowtails (and swallowtail watchers). They have begun their emergence now so there should be a decent chance of...
  • Blog Post: Swallowtails Have Emerged

    Just a quick post to let you all know that the first swallowtail butterfly of the year was seen this afternoon briefly flying past the path between the fingerpost and the reception. They are three days late this year, but given the weather I think we'd better let them off and enjoy their company...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 17th May

    We are still awaiting our first swallowtail butterfly of the season, they are currently running late, but that’s not too surprising given the recent cool weather conditions. You can almost always set your calendar to the 14 th May for Swallowtail emergence so fingers crossed next weekend should...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 8th May

    The weather has picked up and today is certainly a fine spring day with warm sunshine and large black clouds moving by. The outlook is good for the weekend and following week too, so it could be a great time to come and visit. The fen has certainly moved up a gear in terms of migrants with all expected...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 24th April

    Spring has moved up a gear since last week, the fine weather this week with warm sunshine has caused many invertebrates to emerge. The same can be said for bird migration which has been helped by high pressure systems and some southerly winds. At the fen we have had two bitterns booming with multiple...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 10th April

    Cetti's warbler; Ben Lewis First of all, an apology for the lack of recent sightings updates for the past few weeks, there was an update to the community pages which prevented one blog, since this date the phone lines have been down due to a tree falling on the two weeks ago so we have been without...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 19th March

    What a difference a week makes! In stark contrast to last week it has been cool, overcast and had a moderate breeze from the North and East, dropping the temperature and insect life considerably. The fen has had a selection of stand out species such as two cranes today, these flew in and landed in...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 13th March

    A fine mainly sunny week with temperatures rising up to near t-shirt weather and a very spring like feel . The bright sunshine had certainly caused the birds in the woodland to up their volume, today this included a very fine chorus from the redwing, this is usually a rare occurrence as they migrate...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 6 March

    Another week of weather contrasts, we have had pleasant sunshine, cloud, lots of wind and a morning of rain, however the weekend is rumoured to be sunny and double figures which could make lots of birds and insects very busy. Strumpshaw Fen has seen the return of the black-headed gulls this week...
  • 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...