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  • Blog Post: Flying the nest, spreading one’s wings

    To quote Bob Marley, ‘the sun is shining, the weather is sweet...’ Today feels much like any other day, and I’m trying to keep it that way. But it isn’t. Today is my last day at Minsmere. On Monday I will take up my new post of Assistant Warden at Elmley Marshes RSPB Reserve...
  • Blog Post: A happy ending

    The saga of the nightingale nest had a happy ending over the weekend, as the brood successfully fledged on Sunday. At least one chick was subsequently found - a great reward for the efforts of the parents, and our volunteers who spared several hours helping to reduce disturbance and allowing the adults...
  • Blog Post: A great weekend

    We had another great weekend at Minsmere. Our staff and volunteers spoke to many visitors, helping them to spot our special species and make the visit more enjoyable. It was great to see so many families, especially on Saturday when the weather was superb. Sunday remained dull and dreary, with the forecast...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating spring

    The Spring Celebration weekend once again proved to be highly successful. The format is simple. Our wardens and volunteer guides are stationed around the reserve at key locations to help visitors to learn about Minsmere's special wildlife. The tricky part is the unpredictability of the wildlife that...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch at Minsmere

    Springwatch returned to our screens this week, bringing a host of new stars to our lounges for the next three weeks. There's the usual mix of nest cams, night vision cams, and exciting wilflife stories to inspire viewers to take a greater interest in the wildlife around them. This weekend, we're...
  • Blog Post: babies galore!

    For the first time in two weeks I strolled around the Scrape last night. I say strolled, but it was more of a route march: one hour to get right round the Scrape, including ten minutes in East Hide and a quick glance from South Hide, between leaving the office and attending a local meeting. In such...
  • Blog Post: Bonjour. Comment ca va?

    Pardon mon ami. Je fait en vacance a la France. I hope that says "Sorry, friends. I have been on holiday in France." Although I've been back to France for what has become a regular trip in recent years, I must admit that my command of the language remains very poor. Yes, I did successfully...
  • Blog Post: What no football?

    I was asked a question today that was perhaps only part in jest: "Where's the big screen on the Scrape?" The reply from one of our volunteers was "how many birds watch football?" My reply to that, looking at huge picture of a robin in the reception area was "Robinho for one...
  • Blog Post: Summer slumbers

    First, apologies for the lack of updates for a few days. No excuses really, but I ran out of time on Friday and had the day off on Saturday to spend with my parents who were visiting - and of course with my wife and son. Second, I'm writing this update having not even seen Minsmere since Friday...
  • Blog Post: Fudge anyone?

    Keeping up the insect theme (well, July is the month that many birdwatchers switch their allegiance to insects) I saw my first cinnabar moth caterpillars today. These are the yellow and black striped caterpillars that feed on ragwort plants. If you were like me as a child, you might remember "playing"...
  • Blog Post: Reasons to love Minsmere

    Minsmere has that special magic about it that means you never really know to expect. Take Wednesday morning, for example, when one of our regualr visitors who lives locally spotted a puffin flying north just offshore. Puffins are scarce birds in Suffolk, probably most likely to be spotted in the autumn...
  • Blog Post: Birdsong reaching a crescendo as nesting activity increases

    As I sit at home typing this blog before heading to the reserve later, I’ve been serenaded by a blackbird for at least the last three hours. Probably the same blackbird that has been busy gathering buggy suet bits from the lawn for the last three weeks. The first baby blackbird appeared in the...
  • Blog Post: A wonderful week for wildlife

    The weather may have been a bit unpredictable week, with bright sunshine giving way to heavy rain, but perhaps we should expect that with Wimbledon and Glastonbury vying with the World Cup for our attention on the TV. Did you know there's a link between Minsmere, Glastonbury and the World Cup this...
  • Blog Post: Bitterns’ got talent

    When we started planning the BBC Springwatch series, the BBC had a wish list of species that they wanted to get footage of at the nest. As ever with nature though, what you want and what you get to see are not necessarily the same thing. One species that was high on that wish list, was the bittern...