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  • Blog Post: It's all kicking off! - This weeks recent sightings.

    Seems like the summer migrant plug has been pulled this week! Every time I go out on site there has been a new warbler singing from a different corner of the reserve or more hirundines hawking over the wetlands. House martins, sand martins and swallows are all daily occurrences and surely it won’t...
  • Blog Post: Why not try the 'Red Route'- certainly a walk with a difference!

    . . . and so we did. The day had dawned bright and sunny, with virtually no wind - a change from the uncertain weather of the last week or so! A good day to explore the new extension to the existing routes across the farmland. This addition would take us out from the new loop walk (the Yellow Route)...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month IV

    Better late than never as the old saying goes. Here's our blog on the wildlife to look out for across Scotland in April. What to see in Scotland this month IV Personally I don’t think there are many good reasons to get up and out of the house before dawn. If someone mentions it, my first...
  • Blog Post: One day brightened up what turned out to be a dull end to March.

    25th March . . . and this was it. Inspite of the low temperatures overnight, the morning dawned sunny. A walk onto the Reserve saw Stephen with the digger installing a table near the new pond for ponding dipping purposes. Lesser celandine, which like sunny conditions, were flowering now - such a cheerful...
  • Blog Post: Travel the Trossachs

    Jenny Tweedie, from RSPB Scotland, has this new blog on The Great Trossachs Path opening between Callander and Inversnaid. Travel the Trossachs I’m probably not what you might call massively outdoorsy. I love nature, and I love being out in nature, but I don’t particularly like having...
  • Blog Post: Happy Easter!

    After the wet and stormy weather of the last few days, yesterday dawned calm and sunny. We felt some exploration of the marsh was in order after the recent ravages of the strong winds and high tides. So, setting forth along the marsh road which satisfyingly overlooks the estuary, we were most gratified...
  • Blog Post: John’s ramble round the new loop walk on a sunny Spring afternoon – 19th March 2015

    Broken Willow - pond above the Wetlands Discovery Zone. Starting along the Lonning from the Wetlands Centre, there were lots of colourful Teal in front of the 1 st Meadow Pool screen. At the 2 nd screen on the right, a Teal was being harassed by a very irate Little Grebe, huffing and puffing and throwing...
  • Blog Post: Most people get climate change – are you one of them?

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with another blog on the For The Love Of...campaign that we are part of. Most people get climate change – are you one of them? It's time to start thinking that the vast majority of people do get climate change after...
  • Blog Post: March news from the Reserve and environs.

    A wintery start to the month with snow showers along the Solway. 2nd March. Fairly strong cold westerly wind producing snow showers of blizzard proportions on occasions. However the snow didn't lay for long. Good numbers of tits, finches and tree sparrows were feeding avidly at the various...
  • Blog Post: Trip out to the Solway in late afternoon sunshine - 11th March 2015

    Thank you Mike Porter for this contribution:- "Nice trip out to Solway in yesterday's late afternoon sunshine. Thousands of Pinkfeet in fields either side of road between Whitrigg and Anthorn - very calm and settled. Stroll out to Campfield hide where it was good to see several Pintails...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month III

    The nights are getting lighter and signs of spring seem to be on everyone’s mind this month. To celebrate here’s a collection of some of the great wildlife you can see in Scotland in March. What to see in Scotland this month III Puffin, Dean Bricknell Signs of spring – that’s...
  • Blog Post: Sightings from the Reserve - 4th March

    Thanks John Howard for the following observation after visiting the Reserve mid afternoon:- " I met a man who said he had just seen a Yellowhammer but it didn't show itself for me. I then went and spent a couple of hours in the hide and while there were plenty of ducks in view, I didn't...
  • Blog Post: Movement on a high Spring tide - 20 2 15

    T'was a beautful sunny morning with a strongish SW wind. Long before the high tide, skeins of Barnacles had been coming along the Estuary. It was forecast to be a 10.3 m tide - one of the highest of the year but the SW wind probably would not push it too far up the marsh. Skeins of Barnacles...
  • Blog Post: For the love of the next generation

    RSPB Scotland conservation manager Stuart Benn is back with a new blog - this time about bird watching in the Highlands and the For The Love Of campaign. For the love of the next generation I've blogged before about A Focus on Nature – an absolutely brilliant organisation committed to...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 16th -22nd February 2015

    Hi, During my final week as a Mid Wales Conservation Intern it was the large high tides that produced excellent wildlife watching. An early start in the Breakwater Hide on the 20 th produced good wader numbers on the Breakwater field including, 105+ Dunlin , 100+ Redshank , 16x Bar-tailed Godwit ...
  • Blog Post: The birds still keep coming - Part Two

    In spite of the high pressure gloom of recent days, the birds keep coming. Now is one of the best times of the year to see flocks of waders and particularly wildfowl here at Campfield and its surrounding Solway area. Wigeon,Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler are notable on the Reserve wetlands. Lapwing...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 9th -15th February 2015

    Hi, Of the five British owl species, the Barn Owl is one of the most nocturnal in habit, therefore a day flying Barn Owl observed hunting over Covert Coch (10 th ) was a real treat and a personal highlight for me on the reserve this week. Another sign of Barn Owl presence on the reserve are their...
  • Blog Post: The birds still keep coming . . .

    In spite of the high pressure gloom of recent days, the birds keep coming. Now is one of the best times of the year to see flocks of waders and particularly wildfowl here at Campfield and its surrounding Solway area. Wigeon,Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler are notable on the Reserve wetlands. Lapwing...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month II

    There have been some really crisp clear days so far this month – perfect for wildlife watching. This blog is all about some of the wonderful wildlife you can see around Scotland in February. What to see in Scotland this month II When I was little my favourite creature to spot any time I was...
  • Blog Post: Activity in the mist - 8th February

    It started as a rather unpromising day with a thick mist over the Reserve and Estuary. At 1.45pm, we could just to say detect small skeins of Barnacles passing west along the shoreline. High tide was due at about 2.30 pm which is when this sort of movement usually occurs, so we concluded that the mist...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 2nd -8th February 2015

    Hi, Temperatures plummeted as high pressure took charge this week, this led to all of the reserve’s waterbodies freezing over and the wetland birds moving to the estuary in search of open water. The highlight on the main reserve was a 2 nd winter Glaucous Gull which roamed the saltmarsh between...
  • Blog Post: Edinburgh Phoenix – Help them to say “Yes In My Backyard!”

    RSPB Scotland Youth Officer, Nicole Brandon has this new blog on a fantastic new project the Edinburgh Phoenix group are raising funds for. Edinburgh Phoenix – Help them to say “Yes In My Backyard!” This February, Edinburgh Phoenix group are asking for help in raising the funds...
  • Blog Post: January records of wintering wildfowl and waders at Campfield - amongst other things.

    Flock of 2000+ Barnacles viewed from Campfield Lonning looking NE, 29 1 15 (credit - U Reungsuwan) Good numbers of wintering duck, geese and waders have been reported from the Reserve this month. The most spectacular sightings for us birdwatchers were on those days where the highest tides of that...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 19th-24th January 2015

    Hi, In a week with large high tides fingers were crossed that a few goodies would turn up on the reserve. We weren’t left disappointed with 1x Bean Goose in amongst a flock of 25x Greenland White-fronted Geese (viewed from Poggles Bench, 24 th ), 2x Slavonian Grebe (Estuary, 22 nd ) and 1x Glaucous...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 12th-18th January 2015

    Hi, A calm frosty start to the 18th provided the perfect opportunity to head out onto the reserve and do a bit of wildlife watching. On arrival at the Visitor Centre a Water Rail skidded across the frozen pools below. A Woodcock rose up from a small woodland pool on the lower Green Trail. Further...