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  • 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

  • Blog Post: Mid-February 2016 archive,

    12th February Today's hightide at 2.41pm produced the most splendid display of Dunlin, surging and wheeling back and forth across the marsh front - eventually dropping in to feed on the flooded saltmarsh. There must have been in the region of several thousand! The long -staying Avocet could also...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness Update - 12th - 18th March

    Image: Curlew by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) I saw a curlew on the track down to the visitor centre this morning. I haven't seen one before and they are extraordinary birds with fantastic, long beaks! Whilst speaking of the track, our warden staff and volunteers have done a fantastic job of...
  • Blog Post: Hedge-laying and all that - February 2016

    8th February. High tides flooded the marsh and roads in the area today about 11.50 am - causing plenty of bird activity. Teal on flooded Saltmarsh Pool. A good flock of Curlew near Maryland, were waiting out the high tide. Oystercatcher and Curlew packed close together as the waves pile...
  • Blog Post: Crook of Baldoon - Building a nature reserve part 2

    The second installment of the Crook of Baldoon story from RSPB Scotland's Jenny Tweedie. RSPB Scotland purchased a piece of land known as Crook of Baldoon six years ago and this is how we've been transforming it into a haven for wildlife ever since. Our work here could not have been achieved...
  • Blog Post: Crook of Baldoon - Building a nature reserve

    The first installment of the Crook of Baldoon story from RSPB Scotland's Jenny Tweedie. Have you ever wondered how nature reserves come to be? RSPB Scotland purchased a piece of land known as Crook of Baldoon six years ago and this is the story of how we've been transforming it into a haven...
  • Blog Post: February 24th was definitely a Lucky Dip day!

    Early morning snow was a surprise as we awoke to this white world. However, an hour later it had all gone! Was it going to be a day of surprises? The heavy clouds persisted across the estuary throughout the day, but short periods of sunshine enlivened the scene. Snow not far away! High water...
  • Blog Post: 'Twas a stormy end to the month.

    23rd January A mild bright start dulled in with the high tide at 11.35 am. A Brambling was spotted on the roadside feeders earlier. 4 Shelduck were out on the mudflats and a Grey Heron was perched along the tideline. Grey Heron hunched up on the edge of the saltmarsh. The usual flocks...
  • Blog Post: Slowing the flow of floodwater

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, brings us this blog on the storms that have hit Scotland over winter and the part global warming has to play in them. Slowing the flow of floodwater Lapwing (Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)) This winter’s storms have felt a...
  • Blog Post: This weeks sightings 13th - 19th February

    This week a glossy ibis was spotted at the reserve! Glossy ibis are large, heron-like birds with rich bronze feathers and a slender, curved bill. They usually live in the Mediterranean region and are still rare visitors to the UK, although records are increasing. They occasionally visit Dungeness...
  • Blog Post: A few notable sightings from mid-January.

    15th January. Still staying cold after a night frost. Sun shone most of the day. The high tide at 3.45pm brought groups of duck close in to the shore: Wigeon, Pintail(21), Mallard, Goosander(7). Wader roosts of Oystercatchers and Dunlin with a few Grey Plover were equally dramatic. From the Reserve...
  • Blog Post: Five facts you should know about puffins

    Five facts you should know about puffins 'Clown of the sea' and 'sea parrot' are just two of the nicknames that have been given to Scotland's most recognisable seabird. Puffins are small, rounded birds that belong to the Auk family and weigh about the same as a can of Irn Bru....