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  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles - November Surprises

    Now that we are moving into winter the chances of finding something new are greatly reduced. If I'm lucky I might find a couple of new fungi, some new form of sea-life washed onto the beach or perhaps a rare bird that has so far eluded me. Well I've had no luck so far on any of these, despite...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles - FOR THE WITCHES CAULDRON

    A bird that I had wanted to get on my Rambles list was the great grey shrike. Well, now it's happened. I only had distant views of it as it chased small birds and dragonflies over Thornham saltmarsh. I didn't see it take a bird but did see it carefully picking the wings off a couple of dragonflies...
  • Blog Post: Mind the Hornets

    September has been another good month largely because of our moth traps. Somehow I got persuaded into doing this weekly event, but I must say it has been most enjoyable, despite on average catching four hornets each week. They seem to be more docile than wasps but several people said they had never seen...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles - Nature's Home

    I've stolen the title for this month's report from the RSPB 'Giving Nature a Home' because I think that the 15 new species seen, plus a few other notes, show how our reserve really does live up to the slogan. Personally I've had a great month, very enjoyable and really interesting...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles - July Crackers

    I didn't imagine that I could have another month as good as June, but I did. Many of the new species came through doing the Wednesday moth mornings, so let's do the new moths first. I must say a thank you to various people who have helped me, especially those who have had a knowledge of micro...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles - WOW!

    Everyone who has been following this series will know that I've been struggling to identify new species on the reserve for the last few months, and then June came along with eighteen! I know moths are not popular with a lot of people, especially the micro-moths. The micros tend to have long complicated...
  • Blog Post: A MEDITERRANEAN TOUCH - Ray's Rambles May

    May has been a much better month with 4 species being added to my Rambles list, bringing the total to 1249. Of course this is the month when we start doing the moth trap which always improves my chances of seeing something new. My first of the moth additions was an orange footman , which we may well...
  • Blog Post: IF ONLY - Ray's Rambles April

    If only I'd listened to my biology master when I was at school or had started doing Ray's Rambles twenty years ago I might have saved myself a lot of frustration. It is obviously relatively easy to find things you have never seen before but it can be a totally different can of worms to find out...
  • Blog Post: DUCKING AND DIVING - Ray's Rambles

    Having had a zero month in February, I was pleased to add two new species to my Ray's Rambles list in March, even if I feel as though I've cheated to do it. The list total now stands at 1245 species. The first newcomer was the quite common micro-moth Diurnea fagella . This I found next to the...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles - London Buses

    Over the three years I've been doing this it has naturally become more and more difficult to find new species to talk about, especially birds. Then in one twenty-four hour period along come three. October 10th was a wild morning. When I drove into the reserve car park I found that one very big branch...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: An armchair tick!

    Finding new species is getting a lot harder, so I've really got to keep concentrating and take any opportunities that happen along. As the leaves have started to fall from the trees along the entrance road there is now a much better view of the adjacent farmland and because of this I was able to...
  • Blog Post: *No moth trap required

    You do not need a fancy moth trap to enjoy these often nocturnal bugs. Today Ray Kimber came in to the office with a moth he had found on the Fen hide. Little did he know it was new species for the reserve. Grey shoulder-knot is not a rare species but we have not recorded it on the reserve before...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles 2011 update number 1

    Here is Ray Kimber's first posting of 2011, as he strives to see 800 species on the reserve in the year beginning August 1st 2010. 'What a great ending to 2010! My daughter, who has a big shell collection, has identified several of my problem shellfish, such as Blunt Gaper, Pullet Carpet Shell...
  • Blog Post: An orange, a £5 note and a pair of incontinence pants??

    Here is the latest update from Ray Kimber on his quest to see 800 species on the reserve in the twelve months starting 1st August 2010. ‘When I started Ray's Rambles at the end of last July, it soon became obvious that I wasn't as clever as I thought I was. I was O.K. on birds, butterflies...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Oodles of Ouzels

    Finding new species during the late autumn and winter can be really hard, but I have managed four in the last fortnight. The first was a white powdery fungus on oak leaves, which I believe is oak mildew. I followed that with a new moth, a red green carpet which I found by the security lights on the servery...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: The end of the road - at least 'till January!

    Ray's final update for the year. We wish him a very merry Christmas also; it has been a pleasure to follow his wildlife antics and I am certainly looking forward to what he may discover on the reserve in the new year! OK. I thought that identifying 1000 wildlife species by the end of the year...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: 50 TO GO

    Here's the latest from Ray: The last two weeks have been very interesting. The icy weather has resulted in some great views of our winter wildlife. I've had close-ups of 5 mammal species, chinese water deer , muntjac , weasel , brown hare and common seal , plus a series of good bird sightings...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: It's not what you know

    I've managed to see six new species in the last fortnight (total now 905) but only one of them was my own work. I found a tiny red velvet mite crawling about on one of the windows in the Fen Hide but the brown-spot pinion and garden rose tortrix moths were entirely down to the young ladies doing...
  • Blog Post: On the brink!

    Here's Ray's latest update! I've had an excellent couple of weeks which has brought me to 518 for this years total and only leaves me one short of my 1000 species target. Three new common flowers have been found, dove's-foot cranesbill , meadow buttercup and charlock . I have been...
  • Blog Post: Worms and birds!

    Here is the latest update on Ray's rambles and his quest to see as many different species as possible on the reserve in the twelve months commencing August 1st 2010. 'Since the last update, with a lot of luck and a great deal of very welcome help, I've added 33 species to my list. The...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles November update...514 and counting!

    Here is the lates update from Ray Kimber who is trying to see as many species of flora and fauna as possible on the reserve in the year that began Augus 1st 2010. It has taken me 4 months to eventually track down the treecreeper that has been seen regularly in the car park/visitor centre area. Much...
  • Blog Post: Kingcups and kites

    Here is the latest update from Ray Kimber on his listing quest... One of the difficult things for me is to identify plants when they are first growing, but one I am fully confident about is the kingcup, or marsh marigold at the side of the meadow trail. The new sea bank was sown with grass seed...
  • Blog Post: Rays Rambles: Small but beautifully marked

    Here's the latest from Ray: I had visions of my 1000th species being something exotic like a bee-eater or white-winged black tern, but in the end I had to settle for a rather plain clouded bordered brindle moth . This was quickly followed by five more from the moth trap, flame wainscot , small...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Sandpipers and beach cleaners.

    I've had another really good fortnight with the list climbing to 886 . All of the new species, except one, could be described as creepy-crawlies! They included a twin-lobed horsefly ( chrysops relictus ) which, with it's dark-banded wings and vivid green eyes, didn't look like your normal...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: The Emperor's Freckles

    The Ray's Rambles list has suddenly shot up by 10, to 987, which is partly due to starting the moth trap. This got me the following 5 new species:- common pygmy woodlouse , diamond-backed moth (a micro-moth), double-striped pug , a really smart swallow prominent and a superb female emperor moth ...