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Warden's Wanderings - Wonderful Wildflowers
“Oh Heck, it’s the Grim Reaper!”… Just one of many comments I received today whilst trimming the paths around the reserve. To be fair, the rather mean looking long handled sickle I was using is quite reaper-ish – It does a cracking job though! Essentially, all I was...
19 Jun 2013
The pack of spotted redshank
This is a common sight on our lagoons at this time of year. Often spotted redshank will wade into the water and start hunting for food in packs. Around 20 spotted redshank are currently using the reserve. Many of these are in different stages of plumages - some are even still in almost full summer plumage...
6 Aug 2011
Day or night?
An early start for me this morning as I wanted to see what I had lured into my moth trap overnight. There are several reasons for the early start; as the air warms up, so do the moths, and they have a tendency to fly away as soon as you remove the lid, secondly, our resident pied wagtails seem to have...
30 Jun 2011
Exhausting.........but worth it
Last night saw the reserve host it's annual bat and moth night (or "mat and both night" as I seem to keep saying) under the title of 'Creatures of the Night'. At 9pm, as the rain was beginning to fall, the group of 20+ gathered in the classroom. Morgan Bowers (who you can...
7 Aug 2011
The Great British Moth Decline
Moths in Britain are disappearing from our night skies at an alarming rate. Findings in the State of Britain’s Larger Moths 2013 produced by the Butterfly Conservation and Rothamsted Research show that two-thirds of 337 common larger moths have declined with 3 species already extinct this century...
3 Jun 2013
With mild nights and cloudy skies I decided to dust down the moth trap last night and see what is 'on the wing'. I was inspired to put it on by the news of our ex-volunteers having a monster catch further along the coast. At this time of year the variety and number of moths can be fairly low...
14 Mar 2012
Can you identify this moth? OK, I know I haven't given you the best photo to go from, but isn't he marvellous? I wont tell you what he is, unless you can guess, but you could come along to our Moth Morning on Sunday 8 July at Strumpshaw Fen to find out. Our Warden Ben will be opening up...
19 Jun 2012
Please see below a poster for the upcoming event (Hopefully!)
24 Jun 2013
Bugs,beetles and winged gems
Being mid summer, it is fairly quiet time on the reserve for birds. The breeding season is largely over and the adults are starting to go through their moulting process where they replace their worn feathers. However, with the arrival of summer, it is an excellent time for looking at some of the non...
17 Jul 2013
Hello Another lovely day at Rye Meads. When i came in this morning i noticed we had sightings of a garganey from the tern hide over the weekend a good sign of autumn passage. So i had a stroll down to see if it was still about and there were 2 wigeon , a little egret and a couple of green sandpipers...
12 Aug 2013
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