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  • Blog Post: Britain’s Beaches Need YOU!

    There is nothing I like more than being by the sea and over the summer I have been very fortunate to spend a lot of time down on the beach at Minsmere. I love the sound of the waves, the breeze in my face, the smell of salt in the air and of course the stunning wildlife that can be found there. Today...
  • Blog Post: Sun's out at Dungeness!

    We’ve had a jam packed couple of weeks of activities on the reserve! Both Cub Scouts and Brownies have visited and had a wonderful time pond dipping and exploring the reserve learning about wildlife. Brownies with a newt tadpole We also hosted 3 Wild Families events which included; pond...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide - Julian de Camilis Art - 28th August - 3rd September

  • Blog Post: RSPB Rainham Marshes Mini Fair Sunday 4 September

    Stallholders around the Visitor Centre will have lots of fabulous hand made creations such as cards, jewellery, textiles photography and art along with TuiNa Massage, Jamaican food, local honey, other likeminded local charities and the return of the 'Trouble Trebles & the Baseclefs'. Keep...
  • Blog Post: Bat & Moth Night - Friday 9 September

    Come and join us on a walk around the marshes to search for some of our nocturnal denizens. Doors will open at 6.30 pm for a 7pm start and after a short batty introduction we shall head out to explore and listen with our bat detectors for these much maligned animals. While you are out we shall be...
  • Blog Post: Sunday 4 September

    Hi All On Sunday 4 September local artist Steve Kershaw will be spending the day with us at Rye Meads to draw the winning ticket for the raffle of the lovely kingfisher water color he donated. Steve will also be sketching and painting in the visitor center 11...
  • Blog Post: Storyelling and Pantaloons shows coming this weekend.

    Chas our new story teller, certainly knows how to keep the young ( and old!) ones captivated and his two sessions yesterday were well attended and enjoyed by all. We are holding one more story telling day with Chas during the school holidays, on Mon 29 August, (weather permitting) at the Visitor...
  • Blog Post: Making a movie with nature!

    Morning, Last week we ran a fabulous event here at the reserve for teenagers - Natural Animation! The animation was made by a number young animators using natural materials! They did an amazing job, and the results are great! We wanted to share their work with you: Big thanks to...
  • Blog Post: I spy with my little eye...

    When you think of Leighton Moss what images spring to mind? Peaceful reeds swaying in the wind, majestic marsh harriers soaring high or even brilliant bearded tits feeding from the grit trays? What ever your reason to come here, a visit can often be enhanced by looking through a good pair of binoculars...
  • Blog Post: Slime time

    As we get towards the end of the summer holidays we still have plenty of activities to entertain the kids at Leighton Moss. Visitor and learning assistant Angela Welbourne tell us what's going on for families this week... Last week the sensory garden here at Leighton Moss was teeming with trackers...
  • Blog Post: Family fun in the summer sun

    It’s been a busy few weeks here at Rye Meads with lots of family events going on to keep the little ones entertained! Throughout the rest of the school break, you can take part in one of the special activities designed to get kids closer to nature and get a certificate and sticker for taking...
  • Blog Post: Minibeast Mayhem at Saltholme

    Test out your detective skills with our mini-beast mayhem week at Saltholme Looking for a spot of family-fun of everyone to enjoy? What about a great day out in Teesside full of exciting things to explore and discover something new? Well, here at RSPB Saltholme near Hartlepool in the North East, we...
  • Blog Post: Bat Detectives!

    Bats get a bad press but, if you can accept they aren’t after your blood, you’ll be amazed by these magnificent mammals! Northern Ireland is home to eight species of bats and, as its name suggests, the common pipistrelle is found most often here. They can weigh as little as three grams...
  • Blog Post: Put a ring on it

    We have some exciting news about some of the wildlife stars of the recent BBC Springwatch series. As mentioned in previous blogs, the stone-curlew pair that sadly failed to hatch a chick during the series were successful at the second attempt. Although one chick was soon predated, the second chick continues...
  • Blog Post: Update

    Hi All The third brood of kingfishers have hatched, which means increased activity at the nest bank! So you still have time to pop down for a visit. We are looking for fledging around 5 or 6 September and have arranged another early morning kingfisher event for 10 lucky people www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynatu…...
  • Blog Post: 14 August recent sightings: One more celebration

    Good morning. Yesterday was a busy day so I have a bit more time for posting recent sightings today! I will begin where I left off on Friday. As I hadn’t had a chance to get out on the reserve since last Sunday, I escaped the office for a walk down to New Fen viewpoint at lunchtime. I saw 17...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness update 12th August 2016

    We've had a wonderful week for wildlife here at Dungeness. Waders can be seen frequently on the islands on Burrowes pit. The list of waders spotted this week include: little stints, redshank, greenshank, ringed plover, little ringed plover, golden plover, sanderling, black-tailed godwit, bar-tailed...
  • Blog Post: 12 August recent sightings: Preparing for another busy weekend

    Good morning. We have got another busy weekend ahead so before the mayhem starts once again, here are some recent sightings. I will begin with some images that have been taken on the reserve over the last week or two: Kingfisher : Bittern : Image credits: Matt Walton Thank...
  • Blog Post: Art at The Lodge this Sunday

    Our local wildlife artist Steve Kershaw will be at The Lodge again this Sunday demonstrating his wonderful artwork, mainly featuring birds and wildlife that he has seen at The Lodge, but also at other RSPB reserves in the area. You can also make a bid for a picture that Steve has kindly donated to the...
  • Blog Post: The leaflet for Glasgow Wildfest 2016 is here!

    Glasgow Wildfest 2016: four weeks of wild fun at venues around the city, with activities for all and loads of opportunities to get involved! We’re very excited to announce the launch of our leaflet for the 2016 Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival! The first thing you might notice is that we’ve...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming events - natural animation, insect afternoons, cycling adventures, and late nights....

    Hi everyone, I just wanted to remind you of some of the amazing events that we have coming up! Over the summer we have lots of events for adults and for families. Drop in to Rainham Marshes this summer holidays, to take part in some fabulous family activities! There's something every...
  • Blog Post: 7 August recent sightings: Good morning campers!

    Good morning, its currently 05.45 on Sunday morning and I have spent the last two nights camping on the reserve as part of our Big Wild Sleepout event. With this in mind, I hope that this recent sightings blog post is at least partially coherent! I will start off where I left off on Friday afternoon...
  • Blog Post: You Came, You Marched, You Rallied to a Cause...

    And so the 6 th August had arrived... Hen Harrier Day 2016 at RSPB Rainham Marshes. An early start saw the team setting up the final few banners, signs, car park and enormous tin foil Hen Harrier before opening the doors to the public at 8am. By 9.30am the vibe was amazing and the area in and around...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Dungeness' first ever Big Wild Sleepout!

    We were so excited to be able to host the Big Wild Sleepout at RSPB Dungeness for the very first time this year. Although we have been supporting the campaign over the years, it was finally time to take part! 41 people turned up to our fully booked event on the Saturday to set up their tents...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful warblers 6 August 2016

    Hi All Summer is drawing to a close, the swifts are gone! I had 2 circling over the visitor center Thursday as i locked up, will they be the last of the year? However there are still plenty of warblers about, as we saw this morning from our wonderful warblers event in-conjunction...