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Strumpshaw Fen & the Broads
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  • Blog Post: Is it a wind up? No, just an odd week at Strumpshaw!

    This week has seen many a raised eyebrow or surprised look on faces as reports of unusual birds have been coming in thick and fast. The flamingo Yes, the famous escaped flamingo made a stop at Strumpshaw and Buckenham reserves on Wednesday 11 May. It got a slot on Anglia TV and it's own article...
  • Blog Post: Harrier heads north

    This morning, in between the wintery showers, I stood by the reception hide with a few hardy visitors. As the sun came out, we watched a couple of marsh harriers rising up on the chilly breeze, no doubt eager to dry their wings before the next shower. As one of the harriers drifted closer, we noticed...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings from 7 - 18 November

    Hello all, apologies for not blogging sooner! Here is a bumper recent sightings blog to make it up to you all. All trails are open now but the river path near Tower Hide is incredibly slippery and muddy, as is Lackford Run. Bitterns - we had 8 sightings today from Reception Hide alone which really...
  • Blog Post: New damselfly for Norfolk!!

    On his first day on the job our new Assistant Warden, Ben Lewis, spotted 4 willow emerald damselflies on the site. Now, this is amazing news! For those of us who know little or nothing about this sub-order of odonata, willow emeralds are very rare in this part of the world. Apparently they are...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife update

    Latest wildlife update from our Warden, Ben Lewis: Kingfisher - regular sightings from all hides this week.. Honey buzzard - a single bird was seen on 29 th July flying over the fen and was also seen on 28 th over Buckenham Marshes. Hobby - individuals have been seen hawking insects above the...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 22 - 26 November

    Lackford Run is flooded in parts due to the heavy rainfall we've had. Please avoid Lackford Run or if you do go down there please turn back immediately if you encounter flooding. Starlings - our autumn visitors have decided not to grace us with their presence much since I last saw them! Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings from February

    Lackford Run is still closed however all other paths are open. The female otter and her cubs have been seen near Fen Hide a lot over the last couple of weeks and the young male has been seen about, particularly near the sluice by the river. Hen harriers are still around, as are our resident marsh...
  • Blog Post: A riverside walk amongst friends

    Winter has briefly loosened its grip over the last day or so, and most of the snow has now melted away. Many of the broads on the reserve are still iced over, however. Today, being a spring tide, I was sent out to walk the paths along the river to check for flooding... Bad news on a number of levels;...
  • Blog Post: Black swans raising chicks in car park!

    The overflow car park at Strumpshaw Fen has become home to a rather unusual family. Two elegant black swans are raising their chicks there. I've never seen black swan chicks before - they're quite a surprise! Fluffy and pale grey with dark beaks - you'd never guess who their parents were...
  • Blog Post: Every cloud...

    BLOGGER: Niall Traynor, Volunteer Reserve Assistant Having recently moved to East Anglia from the highlands of Scotland, I am used to constant moaning about wet weather. In fact I have always revelled in feeling miserable when it rains. So needless to say, I am finding it difficult to adjust to everyone...
  • Blog Post: Merry Christmas!

    BLOGGER: Ian Robinson, Broads Area Manager Happy Christmas one and all from the RSPB Broads Team. If you haven’t heard and/or haven’t seen it our roost of starlings has now got up to c60,000. So if you’ve eaten too many mince pies and stuffed your face full of Christmas pud, turkey...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings, 26th June

    All three trails are open and in good condition. Swallowtail butterflies have been out since the start of June, with abundant sightings on warm sunny days. As well as the area around the boardwalk, the nectar garden and overflow car park have been hot spots of activity. On the grass adjacent to the...
  • Blog Post: Tropical Paradise

    Every once in a while an opportunity comes along that you’d be a fool to refuse, which also peps you up and puts a smile on your face. I’ve just returned from 2 weeks on Diego Garcia – an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean helping with conservation work and starting the process...
  • Blog Post: First swallowtails of the season seen today!

    Swallowtail butterfly by Matthew Wilkinson, Warden. This photo is from a previous year, but we had the first confirmed sighting of a swallowtail today, seen by Fen Hide! Needless to say we're all very excited and looking forward to more of these fantastic butterflies emerging, and hopefully being...
  • Blog Post: Taiga hunting....

    One of life’s great pleasures at this time of year is to go for a good old tramp in the fresh air… Which is exactly what Ben the assistant warden and I did yesterday. We walked from Strumpshaw through the autumnal woods, up through Buckenham, across Cantley and back again, miraculously dodging...
  • Blog Post: Here come the ospreys!

    Yesterday I was helping at our pond-dipping day when a very excited volunteer ran over to tell me some news - an osprey had been spotted at Buckenham Marshes! It's one of those special moments that marks the changing of the seasons - the appearance of the first osprey, stopping over for a spot of...
  • Blog Post: Peewit power

    A week last Sunday I took an evening stroll down to Buckenham to see what I could see. The light was fantastic, really clear and everything was sharply defined, colours were very bright and most of the birds were performing their breeding rituals. There was lots of shallow, standing water close to...
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers

    Kingfishers have been putting on a magnificent display for visitors at Strumpshaw recently. Reception Hide and Fen Hide have both been giving fantastic sightings of up to three kingfishers at a time, fishing, diving and performing their brilliant hovering techniques as they search for fish under the...
  • Blog Post: Ducks, hen harriers and emergency landings!

    BLOGGER: Sean Locke, Reception Hide Volunteer Sitting in the Reception Hide, watching wildlife and sharing it with the visitors I greet sounds easy right? Wrong! When you’re sitting in a freezing cold hide in the depth of winter wrapped up like an Eskimo, you’d have to be insane or really...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 25 - 31 December

    Path conditions update: the riverside path to the towerhide is extremely muddy so take care and wellingtons are strongly advised. Also be aware that due to current high river levelswe we may need to close the riverbank temporarily from time to time. The Lackford Run path has been closed for the past...
  • Blog Post: A stroll around the fen this morning

    Having been locked into running training courses for the last 3 weeks it was great to have the opportunity to take an early morning walk around the fen. There seems to be an abundance of marsh tit, long-tailed tit and goldfinch around, which is heartening given the cold weather we’ve seen over...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings from 29 September to 2 October

    The skies have been busy here recently! Here are some recent sightings for you all: Osprey - the osprey has been seen almost daily for the last couple of weeks. Some lucky people have even seen it fishing in the river and the broads. The most recent sighting was yesterday, Monday 01 October. Kingfisher...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings, 27th April- 15th May

    Meadow trail is now open. All paths are in good condition, but the meadows can be quite soggy so wellies are recommended. There have been several sightings of a ringtail Montagu’s harrier at Buckenham and Strumpshaw, the most recent of which was on Monday the 13th. We have also continued to...
  • Blog Post: So you think Cetti's Warblers are hard to see?

    It's about this time of year that I get my best views of Cetti's warblers. The male seem to be more shouty, more showy and a whoel lot easier to get to grips with. There's been many a time when I've walked around the fen trail at Strumpshaw looking at people staring forlornly into...
  • Blog Post: The Marsh Factor - Spring 2011!

    It almost feels like a dance/singing competion at Strumpshaw Fen at the moment - take a look at the line up for this Spring! The Sky Dancing Marsh Harriers Birds of prey dancing in the sky above the fen, passing food mid air and wheeling and gliding in the Norfolk wind. The Booming Bitterns Currently...