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  • Blog Post: Dungeness weekly update 27th May 2016

    What a busy week on the reserve! It’s been gull mania here with a glaucous gull seen today on Burrowes pit by Makepeace hide and a laughing gull seen there yesterday too! Another sea bird highlight this week was the gull-billed tern, spotted over Burrowes on Sunday. Other bird highlights...
  • Blog Post: Poster: Recent sightings, 9th - 20th May 2016

  • Blog Post: Weekly update 20th May

    The reserve is alive with the sights, sounds and smells of summer! All we need now is the hot, cloudless days to go with it. Swifts, swallows, sand martins and hobbies all race through the air above our heads as we walk the trail. Our gorgeous yellow flag iris is out now attracting a variety of bees...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about nuthatches

    Five facts you should know about nuthatches Nuthatches were once restricted largely to south-eastern England but, during the 20th century, they started spreading north. Nuthatches started breeding regularly in Scotland only in 1989. If you have them visiting your garden, or you've seen them at...
  • Blog Post: Early May sightings

    2nd May. Rained during the morning. Sunshine and showers after lunch. Male Bullfinch put in an appearance to brighten up the day . . . . . . with a female close behind. MP reported: " 70 Black-tailed Godwits viewable from the hide - a bit distant but looking superb despite the...
  • Forum Thread: HELP! URGENT! Coot/Moorhen eggs! How to incubate?

    There is a lake in my garden and lots of ducks, coots and moorhens have settled to breed. There are around 12 mallard ducklings already, which have been adopted by a coot funnily enough. They are living on a floating duck house we got a few years ago. The mother duck keeps going back there to try and...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness update 13th May

    Today our eyes and ears of the reserve scouted a black necked grebe showing breeding behaviour on Burrowes pit and a red kite flying over Denge Marsh. I was out on the reserve today, checking our trails and hides. I was lucky enough to spot a sedge warbler and had fantastic views of common and black...
  • Blog Post: How did nature do in the elections?

    The election results are in and the new MSPs are gathering in Holyrood. How did nature and the environment do? They didn’t grab the headlines, but in numerous hustings across Scotland organised by RSPB Scotland, Environment Link and our partners, candidates were put through their paces. The Hustings...
  • Blog Post: Enjoyable walk on the farm - 1st May 2016

    In spite of continuing inclement weather, the temperature is improving gradually. Today was a point in case: rain all morning and drizzle most of the afternoon! Birds didn't seem to mind however, and were out in force. A strong SW wind was blowing but the Lonning hedges provided good shelter and...
  • Blog Post: Unusual visitor pops in to Lochwinnoch

    How often to do you get to see something new, that you’ve never laid eyes on before? During migration, in spring and autumn, rare or unusual birds are occasionally blown off course and can turn up in places you just wouldn’t expect. One such visitor has recently appeared at our Lochwinnoch...
  • Blog Post: What to do if you find an 'abandoned' young bird

    It's common in spring and summer to find young birds sitting on the ground or hopping about without any sign of their parents. But what do you do if you come across one? You might have experienced it yourself. Coming home after walking the dog, you find a confused-looking baby house sparrow...
  • Blog Post: Avocet still with the Oystercatcher flock - 25th April 2016

    View of Oystercatcher flock from Campfield Marsh as the tide was starting to make. After not having seen the Avocet for over a fortnight, it suddenly popped up again this afternoon. It had been a morning of sunshine and showers - some of them with hail. A cold strong NW wind was blowing and...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Recent sightings, Week ending 15th April 2016

  • Blog Post: A Spring day on the Reserve - 16th April 2016

    One minute Spring sunshine . . . . . . and the next rain and hail showers. Nevertheless birds were about in plenty attending to their seasonal tasks. A walk along the marsh front and the onto the farm was pure joy. The hedgerows were full of birdsong. Some birds were still attracting mates...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Pin Badge display at the Solway Wetlands Centre, Campfield.

    Image - Marjorie Hutchin. Marjorie and Neil Hutchin ( West Cumbria RSPB Local Group ) run the local area RSPB Pin Badge Scheme which raises substantial funds from donations, for the RSPB (charity). You can see from the above, that the badges include birds you might see on this Reserve - as well...
  • Blog Post: USA biomass fact finding trip: what did I learn?

    So, my biomass fact finding mission to the US is coming to a close. Here are ten things that I learned while I was here: Community members in the Southeastern USA are very concerned about the wildlife, climate and health impacts of the wood pellet industry and its mills. The bottomland hardwood...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Scotland opens new visitor hub at Loch Lomond

    Jenny Tweedie from RSPB Scotland gives us an update on the new visitor hub launching at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond this spring. RSPB Scotland opens new visitor hub at Loch Lomond RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond launched its new visitor hub this spring, almost four years after the land was purchased...
  • Blog Post: More March pictorial activity.

    11th March. After a frosty night a milder misty day ensued. New gatepost to Discovery Field by kind permission of SWLPS - part of this year's installation in the locality. A new addition to the Picnic area. Frogspawn in the Discovery Pool. Swalesdales from Hawswater RSPB Reserve...
  • Blog Post: Avocet and Oystercatchers at high tide.

    10th March 2016 . As an Avocet is a rare visitor to the Reserve (only the third time recorded here) and the high tide at noon would be bringing the Oystercatcher group it was associating with closer to shore - I decided to go looking for it. It was being seen regularly along the tide line from...
  • Blog Post: A cold start to March 2016.

    A double rainbow - it looks like Spring! Start of the Meteorlogical Spring. We certainly experienced milder conditions and spring-like sounds from the birds along the hedgerows. 2nd March. Back to square one today with Storm Jake bringing icy blasts of gale force NW winds. However some sunshine...
  • Blog Post: This weeks wildlife at Dungeness

    I hope you weren’t caught out by any April Fool bird sightings today! The past week has been filled with the sights and sounds of spring. We’ve had queen bumblebees buzzing around the reserve looking for a place to start a nest, our colony of Andrena vaga bees or grey-backed mining bees...
  • Blog Post: Making Space for Nature – Progress in the Edinburgh Phoenix Group Wildlife Garden

    You might remember last year we asked for your support to help the Edinburgh RSPB Phoenix Group raise enough money to create their wildlife garden. The group are back with this brilliant update on where that money has gone and all the impressive work they’ve carried out with it to help give nature...
  • Blog Post: Easter Sunday afternoon walk.

    Rainbow across the estuary after sudden squall. A bright sunny day interspersed with sudden squalls. Even though a strong SW wind was blowing, the Lonning afforded plenty of shelter with its high hedges - in fact it is quite a suntrap on such a day. There were only a handful of Oystercatchers on...
  • Blog Post: Waders galore - late February 2016!

    What a sight - as the mudflats uncover to reveal their bounty! 20th February. After a wet start, as the high tide receded, the mudflats became populated with in the region of 2-3000 Dunlin, some Grey Plover, about 400 Oystercatchers. The Avocet could still be seen way out on the estuary, too...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Recent Sightings, March 2016