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  • Blog Post: Pond dipping!

    We had a wonderful time getting mucky in the pond at our reserve this summer. Families marched on down with wellies and nets to see what they could discover hidden in the murky depths of the pond. It was amazing how much we found – lots of fat marsh frog tadpoles, baby smooth newts, medicinal leeches...
  • Blog Post: Cycle hire - coming soon!

    Cycle Hire... Coming soon! Adventure along the river wall and beyond... Explore the reserve and further afield with our new cycle hire scheme. Stop along the way to take in the fantastic views and listen to the bird song. Look out at the abundance of wildlife including lapwings, seals, marsh harriers...
  • Blog Post: What's been going on Rainham - habitats, shop offer, tall ships and events coming up

    Morning all, I hope that you are well today! Are you enjoying your August Bank Holiday so far? I just wanted to do a blog to let you know what's going on, what's been seen and all the latest updates! I've split this blog as it was turning into one super blog - check here to find out...
  • Blog Post: Monday: Bank Holiday, Tall Ships and closing time.

    Afternoon everyone, How are you? I just wanted to give you a head up about Monday... Not only is it a Bank Holiday, it's tall ship day! The Tall Ships returned to Royal Greenwich for five days this August Bank Holiday, as up to 15 Tall Ships dropped anchor for a maritime family...
  • Blog Post: Calling all Chelsea fans

    We have had a fabulous number of Chelsea football programmes donated to our bookcycle scheme... Is anyone interested? We have too many to display on our shelves but would like them to go to a good home! This is only about 1/4 of our fabulous pile! A must have for any fan! ...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate Lakenheath Fen's big twentieth event Sunday 6 September 10am-4pm

    Good morning! Next weekend, we have our history themed family fun day to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the reserve. There will be a trail around the Brandon Fen family trail, which will provide an opportunity to learn more about some of these old pictures of what is now the reserve: ...
  • Blog Post: Skyfall from the Sky Tower – black-tailed godwits do a James Bond

    The ‘whoosh’ of wings and circling in the sky – is the spectacle of the week from the Sky Tower. Black-tailed godwits can be heard ‘chattering’ as you ascend the Tower, but then it really is incredible when they all they all ‘get the jitters’ and lift up and...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming events at Arne

    We’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of us here at Arne. Autumns a very exciting time to visit Arne. You never know what you’re going to see. Ospreys have been a real feature over the last week which bodes well for our... Raptor Weekend ! 5 th and 6 th September – 10am until 4pm ...
  • Blog Post: Busy times ahead...

    We’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of us here at Arne. Autumns a very exciting time to visit Arne. You never know what you’re going to see. Ospreys have been a real feature over the last week which bodes well for our... Raptor Weekend ! 5 th and 6 th September – 10am until 4pm ...
  • Blog Post: Join us on an after dark 'batventure'

    Around a quarter of all our mammal species are bats and they are fascinating creatures! Find out why bats are so brilliant and try to track some down on the reserve with the help of our friendly leaders and our bat detectors! Laurie, who will be running this great event, helps out at a Sussex bat...
  • Blog Post: Last of the summer

    Our busy programme of August events reached a peak with a fantastic weekend of outdoor theatre with the Pantaloons. We did get very wet for a while yesterday afternoon during Treasure Island, but the cast carried on despite the weather and all of the audience stayed to watch - but with their umbrellas...
  • Blog Post: A catch up, some mud lounging, high speed insect gardening and late nighting

    Evening all... Sorry for a quiet week with posts.... manic with summer holiday stuff on the reserve and barely a moment to think and then went to the Rutland Bird Fair yesterday to 'work' on the RSPB stand promoting Rainham (and other reserves) as well as reminding the birding public that...
  • Blog Post: Bat & Moth Night - Friday 11 September

    Just give us a ring on 01708 899851 to book your place! 20-8-15
  • Blog Post: Summer shows are here again

    It's coming up to theatre time at The Lodge again this weekend. The Pantaloons will be performing - in their own quirky and inimitable style - both Much Ado about Nothing and Treasure Island. Much Ado is on Saturday 22 and Treasure Island, which is a family performance, will be on Sunday 23rd. There...
  • Blog Post: August and September 2015 binocular and telescope events

    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 and get some hands on advice from our friendly team and have the chance to try them out. Our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers and staff will be available...
  • Blog Post: Insectology and some Quality Hoverating

    Another busy Saturday that started well with a Little Tern heading up river early doors along with a few Common Terns and whilst brewing my first cuppa I noticed that the hedges in the car park were alive with birds so me and my cup of cha headed outside for a look around. The crowd of Blue, Great...
  • Blog Post: Be a Warden for a Day - for 12 to 18 year olds!

    Are you 12 to 18 years old? We are running two wardening events for young people this summer! Meet the Rainham Wardens and find out what they do! Get experience with practical management, helping to give nature a home, and make a difference at Rainham Marshes. Managing habitats at Rainham is...
  • Blog Post: Warden's Wanderings - "I'm new!"

    We recently appointed a new Warden here at the Dee Estuary reserve, who's kindly written a blog about the work he and Assistant Warden, Geoff, have been doing over the past couple of days. If you visited the reserve in midweek, you'll no doubt have heard the buzzing of brushcutters, if not seen...
  • Blog Post: Two weeks in the life: Guest blog post by Owen Beaumont, Work Experience volunteer

    Between the 27 July and the 9 August 2015, I worked at RSPB Lakenheath Fen on a work experience placement. During my time at the reserve, I was lucky enough to spend time with all the fantastic staff and volunteers at the reserve. Throughout my time at the reserve, I learnt a tremendous amount about...
  • Blog Post: Magic Rain...

    With rain throughout yesterday evening and night through to about 7am, it looked promising for some wader action today on the reserve and we were not to be disappointed with a staggering 19 species being recorded! 5 Sanderling, Knot, 10 Dunlin, Turnstone, 38 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew...
  • Blog Post: Sleep? I don't remember that bit!

    The last 24 hours or so have all blurred into one... It started for me with a walk around the marsh in the scorching August sunshine with a good long stop in the Cordite for some quality Hoverating. A couple of male Eristalis intricaria were defending their territories in a typically showy hoverfly manner...
  • Blog Post: Wow - What A Night!

    Wow, what an amazing night it was at Newport Wetlands on our Big Wild Sleepout last night! We started off by doing some pond dipping - the first thing we caught was a great specimen of a water scorpion. Many sticklebacks later the sun was starting to set, we'd had our dinner and were ready for the...
  • Blog Post: Big Wild Sleepout, birds and the bard!

    It's been a very busy fortnight at The Lodge. Last weekend we enjoyed the Pantaloons performing Pride and Prejudice in the sunshine on the lawns of RSPB HQ. They return on 22 August with Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing and finish with Treasure Island on Sunday 23. Prices, info and tickets...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Lakenheath Fen Big Wild Sleepout 2015 itinerary

    Good morning. Our Big Wild Sleepout events begin tomorrow evening here at RSPB Lakenheath Fen! If you are booked on the event, a proposed itinerary for the weekend is attached to this blog post. We currently have room for one more tent on both evenings. Details on how to book places can be found here...
  • Blog Post: Have we seen the best of our summer?

    Here we are already in August, and so far summer has not lived up to the heights of last year, at least in terms of the weather. The birds however, have been as pleasing as ever, with a true highlight of the breeding season being 29 pairs of avocets fledging 20 young at Burton Mere Wetlands , and a further...