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  • Blog Post: Poster of recent sightings

  • Blog Post: Early May - BTGs, Sedges, Buff-tails, Roe Deer . . .

    2nd May. A fine bright early morning with a cold westerly wind. Rain set in about 1.30pm. There were still Barnacles on the Solway! Several skeins of about 30 each flew west along the saltmarsh about 5.50pm. A Song Thrush's melodious tones could be heard coming from the mature trees edging the...
  • Blog Post: After a night of heavy rain - what a surprise!

    9th May. The rain was slow to clear but by mid afternoon the sun gradually strug gled through. Having already noted a Reed Bunting singing from the hawthorns on the saltmarsh near the hamlet and a Large Red Damselfly shimmering in the weak rays of the sun, we decided to pay a visit to the Lonning...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month V

    May is a great month to take up wildlife watching in Scotland. With summer migrants arriving from overseas and the days (that are supposed to be) heating up there is plenty to look out for along our coasts, in our woodlands, and even in our back gardens! What to see in Scotland this month V ...
  • Blog Post: Highlights - last week in April, 2015

    24th April. Spring sunshine - the Lonning . . . . . . with the track carpeted in dandelions and daisies. Female Blackcap picking insects from the blossom. . . . or is it sipping nectar? Nevertherless, a good pollinator! Female Wheatear in newly ploughed arable field near farm. Logbook...
  • Blog Post: Photo diary, 17th -23rd April

    Robin in the Spring sunshine - will join you as you walk along the Lonning. A surprise find today - a Spotted Redshank feeding with two Common Redshank on the floodwater - LHS of the Lonning. Spotted Redshank and Redshank. Swallow over the wetlands in front of the hide. A few Shelduck...
  • Blog Post: Mid April review.

    15th April. Day turned out to be slightly warmer than of late - although the night had been frosty, the early morning rain and sunshine that followed, warmed things up somewhat. A pair of Bullfinch were seen frequenting the hamlet and early afternoon a Chiffchaff was belting out its song from the...
  • Blog Post: Little things to Make a Big Difference - Climate Change

    Climate change. These days, its two words you hear almost every day. The problem is, although it seems a depressing subject, it's something none of use should ever ignore, especially the younger generation, as it's now up to us to try and fix it! So, what, really, does climate chance do to...
  • Blog Post: Watch out for these birds - seen on the Reserve on Saturday, 25th April

  • Blog Post: Further early April highlights - a photodiary.

    Good to see both female and male Great Spotted Woodpeckers about. 5th April. Early morning mist. Little Grebe and Canada Geese across the Meadow Pools. Linnet on arable field near farm . . . . . . and Meadow Pipit too. Hawthorn coming into leaf. Several pairs of frogs seen...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife watching on Lewis

    RSPB Scotland project officer for the Western Isles, Victoria Anderson, has this new blog about wildlife watching on Lewis. Wildlife watching on Lewis Any visit to the Western isles must include a trip to our hidden gem of a reserve at Loch na Muilne near Arnol on the Isle of Lewis. In recent days...
  • Blog Post: For the love of... Dunes

    RSPB Scotland Nature Recovery Officer, James Silvey, has this new blog on climate change and the wildlife that could be lost to it. For the love of... Dunes At school in the 90’s it was called global warming, the planet was heating up and cartoons showed the earth trapped, sweating in a greenhouse...
  • 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...