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  • Blog Post: Sixteen Hours of Magic - 22nd July 2016

    With a long Centre bound day in the offing, I decided to get into work even earlier than usual and go for a walk around the trails before tings warmed up too much. And so at about half six I started on my circuit along the river wall. I fact it was overcast and trying to drizzle but it was pleasant...
  • Blog Post: A night with nature

    The wait is over and Big Wild Sleepout is finally here! At Minsmere the Wildlife Explorers group could not wait any longer and had their camp night last weekend. We were very lucky with the weather and wildlife and a lot of fun was had by all. The Camp Night event began in the afternoon with the Wildlife...
  • Blog Post: 23 July recent sightings: Images and Words once again

    Good morning. I will begin with an apology: I didn’t post any images in my last recent sightings blog post . I hope you all accept my apology and rest assured, images will be back with a vengeance in today’s post! I went for a walk down to New Fen viewpoint before work yesterday morning...
  • Blog Post: Summer on Havergate

    I am fortunate enough to look after the wildlife on Suffolk’s only island, found on the beautiful River Ore. Havergate Island is a peaceful haven made up of saltmarsh, shingle and saline lagoons which support a wealth of wildlife. For those of us that think variety is the spice of life, the wonderful...
  • Blog Post: 21 July recent sightings: Variety is the spice of life

    Good afternoon. I haven’t been here since the end of last week so this afternoon’s sightings may be slightly eclectically arranged! On Friday afternoon, a kingfisher was fishing in front of New Fen viewpoint and two bearded tits were feeding on the grit tray in front of the viewpoint....
  • Blog Post: One El'u'ver Story

    Eels are fascinating – and slippery – subjects. When lake dipping with a beaver group last week we discovered an elver. This was the first eel I had ever seen and so I decided to find out more! Firstly, eels have a fascinating life cycle. The story starts in the Sargasso Sea (interestingly...
  • Blog Post: Schools out for summer!

    School’s almost out, the six week holidays are upon us and there’s plenty to do at Frampton Marsh. Now where do I begin? The tennis has finished, the football has finished but the biggest event of the year is still to come. Get ready for the Wildlife Games! (What did you think I was talking...
  • Blog Post: Cool shade on offer!

    If you are sweltering and looking for relief from the heat, come along for a walk under the pines trees at The Lodge and enjoy the cool shade. The lime trees are giving off a gorgeous sweet aroma at the moment as well. Hope the Pantaloons have cooled down after a hot show on Saturday afternoon. Emma...
  • Blog Post: Binocular and telescope demonstration event 22nd to 24th July 2016

    Thinking of buying binoculars or a telescope? Whether you know a bit or don't know where to start, come to the RSPB Dungeness Visitor Centre on Friday 22 nd July (10.30am to 12.30pm) or Saturday 23 rd and Sunday 24 th July 2016 between 10am and 4pm and get some hands on advice from our friendly...
  • Blog Post: Summer family fun day!

    Have you ever wondered what creatures are lurking in the Lakenheath Fen ponds? Ever wanted to see our feathered friends up close? Ever wondered what’s flying about whilst you’re asleep? Ever wondered what mini-beasts you can find crawling around the reserve? Well, Sunday 24 th July will...
  • Blog Post: Recent events at the Mull of Galloway

    The summer is a fantastic time to visit the Mull of Galloway as the seabirds nest on the cliff ledges. It's also a good time to take part in one of the events ran on the reserve. Last weekend we celebrated our smuggling history with a festival of events organised by the Mull of Galloway community...
  • Blog Post: Fun-filled days for all the family with Saltholme’s Woolly Weekend

    With the season rapidly approaching, we’re sure you’re starting to think about summer holiday activities to help keep the kids entertained, and if you’re looking for family friendly days out in Teesside, you need look no further than Saltholme RSPB. On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17...
  • Blog Post: Find out what's going on at Baron's Haugh

    Greetings everybody, my name is Mark Mitchell and I am the new Warden for RSPB Baron’s Haugh reserve. I’ve worked for the RSPB for several years, mostly in the South and West Scotland region and I knew Stephen, the previous warden, well. Needless to say I am very excited about the challenges...
  • Blog Post: A bee with pantaloons!

    Guest blog by Matt Parrott, Visitor Experience Manager Just before last Saturday’s brief, violent, summer storm the first reports of emerging bee-wolves reached us from our guide, Steve. If you’re unfamiliar with bee-wolves, they’re amazing, and you can read all about them in Ian’s...
  • Forum Thread: Clayfest 2016

    In addition to building the Clay Dabbin the Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership are also hosting and supporting the Earth Build UK and Ireland (EBUKI) conference – Clayfest – on the Solway. Clayfest will run from 18 th – 23 rd July and again there are lots of ways you can get involved...
  • Blog Post: Bigger, wilder and even sleepoutier

    It’s that time of year again and we’re less than a month away from the Big Wild Sleepout! For those not in the know it’s an annual event where we have walks and activities and have the unique experience of camping out on the reserve, not to mention an insight into what goes on when...
  • Blog Post: Big Wild Sleepout 2016 Friday 5 August & Saturday 6 August: FULLY BOOKED

    Please note that our Big Wild Sleepout events are now FULLY BOOKED. Unfortunately, we can only accommodate those who have booked places in advance. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. If you would like information about other Big Wild Sleepout events taking place, please follow this link...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide : David James Art 3-9 July

  • Blog Post: RSPB HD binocular review - Binocular and Telescope Events

    Have you tried our HD range of binoculars? They have recently been reviewed in Birdwatch magazine: http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/channel/reviewitem.asp?c=11&review=2942 The HD range of binoculars, along with other RSPB binoculars and telescopes and a limited range of other branded products...
  • Blog Post: Mersehead Bioblitz 2016

    On the 18th and 19th June we embarked on a weekend long Bioblitz. A bioblitz is when people including experts and local people gather together and record as many flora and funa within a designated area and time. We were very lucky that the Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre joined us...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness news 24th June 2016

    Work has been undertaken at Lade Pits this week, cutting back the bramble to create clearer pathways for our visitors. We are taking a much more active approach to the management of the site to enhance the reserve for visitors and wildlife. We ask you kindly not to fish, boat or swim at the lakes in...
  • Blog Post: A 'tern' up for the books

    I hear your groans, but I couldn’t possibly write this blog without using that awful pun. Without question, the star bird of the past week was the single white-winged tern, a rarer relative of the vagrant black terns of which there were multiple sightings in the North West this spring, including...
  • Blog Post: Join in with the Duddingston bioblitz!

    On Saturday, June 25, we’re holding a bioblitz at Duddingston in Edinburgh. Here are five things you should know... Buff-tailed bumblebee, Grahame Madge (rspb-images.com) What is a bioblitz? The idea of a bioblitz is to collect loads of information about the wildlife living in one area...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide: The Art of Carim Nahaboo 19-25 June 2016

  • Blog Post: Patch Gold - Quite literally

    Yesterday was a good day. I was out on the west end of RSPB Rainham Marshes at not long after 6.30am and spent a pleasant hour ambling along the cycle path through the lush marsh and counting the breeding warblers. A Grasshopper Warbler reeled and I managed to pick him up singing from a Hemlock and there...