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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 24 June 2016

    A warm week with a wet start and a humid end, very heavy rain on Thursday night left much surface water on the trails and roads. A week with all the expected summer species seen including a late(ish) cuckoo on Tuesday, two bitterns in flight together on Friday, marsh harriers feeding young and...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.06.2016

    Once again a very active and interesting week on the reserve. You may have read articles this week on social media regarding some of our extra special birds we have on site at the moment. Great White Egrets were the main feature giving news of probable number of nests and about the ringing of some of...
  • Blog Post: A catalogue of birds

    As the BBC Springwatch team were leaving on Sunday, Minsmere played host to another exciting event in partnership with Aldeburgh Music and BBC Radio Three. As part of the annual Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh Music hosted a series of events around Messiaen's Catalogue d'Oiseaux. Starting with...
  • Blog Post: Ouse Fen just got bigger!

    A bold vision is coming to life at Ouse Fen - we are busy turning the largest sand/gravel quarry in southern England into the country’s largest reed bed! Last month, 96ha of restored land was transferred from Hanson Aggregates to the RSPB at Ouse Fen. This means that the nature reserve now covers...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 17 June 2016

    Generally a very nice week with warm sunny conditions interspersed with rain showers and the odd overcast day like today (Friday). The highlight of the week will have to be the swallowtails once again. When the sun was shining we had plenty of sightings from all over the reserve, including; five...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 17.06.2016

    As often with Ham Wall it's the long legged birds which steal the show. Bitterns are still busying themselves feeding youngsters. The activity suggests that we have at least 7 nests on the reserve this season. Waltons is a good area to try and track them down but they are also within the Loxtons...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: sunsets and spoonbills

    WOW! What a couple of weeks at Fairburn Ings. We have had a great mix of species about, including three cuckoos, one very elusive spoonbill, and a black tern! Black tern, Mike Langman (rspb-images.com) The swifts have been displaying nicely on the coal tips, showing off their aerial acrobatics...
  • Blog Post: The birds and the bees (and butterflies and dragonflies)

    As Springwatch draws to a close for another year, the wildlife can once again return to centre stage at Minsmere, and many species are already vying to steal the limelight. Bitterns in particular have been very popular, with one male continuing to parade around in front of Bittern Hide, even booming...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Once Bittern, not so shy?

    Bitterns, everybody knows them, some people have heard them boom and even fewer have caught a glimpse of these elusive birds. Like many of you I’ve been caught up in Springwatch fever recently so rushed back to one of my favourite reserves, RSPB Minsmere. Here in the glorious sunshine me and...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 10 June 2016

    Bright warm sunshine for the majority of the week, with several days above 20 degrees, the week ended on a cooler note with warm overcast conditions. Swallowtails were very much in evidence for the whole week, they are showing well at the reception nectar garden, with at least three seen together...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.06.2016

    After a week off last week the amount of vegetation growth around the reserve was very striking on my return. It means that some views are becoming slightly more obscured and there's plenty more places for the wildlife to hide away. The weather has also been particularly hot this week which often...
  • Blog Post: Once bittern, twice in the sky.

    I am finding work very difficult at the moment. It is so hard to decide where to take my lunchtime walk because there is just so much going on around the reserve and I am also finding the drama unfolding on the Springwatch live cameras too hard to resist. The live cameras are so addictive and I have...
  • Blog Post: Shades of pink and purple with spots

    Have you been keeping up with the excitement from week one of Springwatch? There are so many stories unfolding, with drama at every turn. Will the stone-curlew egg hatch? How will the single parent blue tit fare? Did the sparrowhawks catch the female swallow? How will the avocet on the Scrape get on...
  • Media: Bittern

    Male bittern showed well from First Hide evening of 29th may. Phone-scoped.
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 27.05.2016

    It's a fantastic time of year on the reserve with so many opportunities to get some great wildlife sightings. There's so much to see but also so much to hear, which is all part of a great experience for visitors. Whether it's crazy Bitterns in some kind of dispute: Crazy Bitterns: John...
  • Media: Bittern in flight

    Another where patience paid off
  • Media: Bittern

    This was my 3rd visit to Minsmere over a year and I'd yet to capture a Bittern in flight so when this one dropped in to the right of the Island Mere hide I was determined to get him on his way out
  • Blog Post: Springwatch 2016: we're ready, are you?

    It hardly seems a year since the BBC Springwatch team rolled out of Minsmere after another exciting series, in which a 5 cm long stickleback stole the show and won people's hearts. A year on, and the BBC production village is complete, the set has been re-dressed, and the everything is gearing...
  • Blog Post: A mysterious booming noise...

    If you live in the village of Over, or the surrounding area, you might have heard some mysterious booming noises over the past couple of months. It may have sounded a bit like someone blowing over the top of a bottle. You have probably been listening to a booming bittern! Bitterns are small, brown...
  • Blog Post: Well worth the wait!

    I spent a while on Saturday afternoon in the warming sun and relentless wind at the North Wall watch point. I was looking for stone-curlews to do some live interpretation to Saturday’s visitors and gain some more information by getting a few to fill in our stone-curlew questionnaire. As I was positioned...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.05.2016

    What a fantastic time of year it is on the reserve with such a variety of wildlife on show and it's so good to see so many visitors out enjoying themselves. There certainly seems to have been an increase in the amount of Bittern activity over the past couple of weeks and visitors are frequently reporting...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Radipole Lake and Lodmoor

    Spring has been slow starting this year but we are now getting reports of cygnets and ducklings on both reserves. The Cetti's and Reed Warblers are continuing to be noisy in the reedbeds and butterflies are starting to be seen more frequently. Today's sightings include the Common Blue, Holly...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 19 May 2016

    A cooler week with mostly cloudy conditions, a break in the weather on Thursday saw warm sunny spells, but a cool breeze kept temperatures down a little. A great white egret was seen from reception on Monday and Tuesday, it was photographed well at Fen Hide and then seen flying around the reserve...
  • 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: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 13 May 2016

    A week of mixed weather, ranging from 24 degrees and full sun right through to cool and cloudy by the end of the week. The highlight of the week was the fourth record for Strumpshaw of red backed shrike . A female was seen from Fen Hide and Reception on Tuesday, unfortunately the news did not get...