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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: A few more Winter sightings.

    2nd December Little Egrets seen flying along the saltmarsh. 4 seen at Saltmarsh Pool at 11am. Barnacles by Saltmarsh Pool. Dave had counted 540 on the saltmarsh early morning. Cheviots brought down from Haweswater Reserve for winter lowland grazing. Lapwings gathering...
  • Blog Post: Helping our birds through the winter

    Kat Jones, RSPB Scotland’s Public Affairs Manager in South and West Scotland, looks at the importance of feeders for birds during the colder months. Helping our birds through the winter The weather may be chilly and the evenings dark, but, for me, this is the time of year when I look forward...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 5th-11th January 2015

    Hello and Happy New Year to you all! I’ll begin with an update on “JNA” a drake Teal with a lime green nasal saddle . The bird sighted on the Ynys Edwin pool back in December was ringed in 2012 on the Gironde estuary near Bordeaux, France. Over 160 Teal remain on the Ynys Edwin pool...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month

    There’s plenty of wonderful wildlife to enjoy in Scotland and each month of the year can offer you something different. This blog is all about the sights you could see across the country in January. What to see in Scotland this month Throwing your head back and suddenly kicking out your feet...
  • Blog Post: Good start to 2015 and a Happy New Year to All.

    2nd January, 2015 Shelduck flying along a turbulent estuary against a backcloth of snowy Scottish hills. 4th January, Dawned bright and sunny - no wind and much warmer than of late. Before the tide came in there were a good number of Oystercatchers and small grey waders out on the mudflats...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 14th-20th December 2014

    Hi, With thousands of wetland birds now wintering on the Dyfi estuary there is a true wildlife spectacle to be witnessed on a stroll around the reserve. A large number of birds utilise the Breakwater field for feeding and roosting where great viewing can be had from the Ynys Feurig Hide. Totals from...
  • Blog Post: A Winter’s afternoon on Campfield - 13th December 2014

    A Winter’s afternoon on Campfield - 13 th December 2014 On a clear frosty afternoon much of the water on the Reserve was frozen. A walk round the ‘loop’ elicited a small flock of finches over the arable fields and a Buzzard flying beyond. Frozen pool by the 'broken'...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 8th-13th December 2014

    Hi, After nearly a month’s absence, the return of 26 Greenland White-Fronted Geese to the reserve was a real highlight this week. The flock sighted on the saltings from Poggles bench (Wetland Trail, 13th) showed well in the winter sunshine. However, where they have been feeding over the past...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 1st-7th December 2014

    Hi, Finally catching a glimpse of an Ynys-hir otter has to my personal highlight on the reserve this week. The otter, viewed from both the Domen Las and Marian Mawr Hides, was busy foraging on the estuary and successfully caught atleast one big flat fish whilst I was watching, excellent stuff! ...
  • Blog Post: All you need is love

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, tells you about the some of the things we love and want to protect with the FTLO campaign we're a part of. All you need is love As the Beatles timeless classic said – all you need is love. Still true? It’s no longer...
  • Forum Thread: Falconry and Conservation

    Hello I am a year 13 student at the Arthur Terry School and am currently writing a report on "Falconry and conservation" for my extended project qualification. I have written a short questionnaire for this project and would be grateful if you could find the time to participate. Link to the...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 16th-30th November 2014

    Hi, If I were to use one word to describe the last fortnight on the reserve it would be settled. The reserve’s wildlife cast remained relatively similar however with mild and calm conditions dominating it made for some pleasant viewing on the reserve. The suns late autumn glow illuminating...
  • Blog Post: For The Love Of Scottish Machair...

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with another blog on the For The Love Of campaign we are involved with. For The Love Of Scottish Machair... Last week on this blog I wrote about the new climate campaign that we are involved in (FTLO for short). I also gave...