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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 13.05.2016

    It's certainly a busy time of year for the reserves wildlife. The reserve is a hive of activity and alive with bird song. A simple walk along the rail path can take a while with a host of species to look out for. There are plenty of Blackcaps and a few Garden Warblers to get you started. Add to this...
  • Blog Post: Black Winged Stilt and Booming Bittern at Lodmoor

    It is waderfest over at Lodmoor now! A number of species are can seen including up to 100 Dunlin, Knot, Grey Plover, Common and Green Sandpiper, Bar Tailed Godwits and Whimbrel. The waders are now looking their best in their stunning summer plumage. The Terns have arrived including the rarer Little Tern...
  • Blog Post: Insects emerge

    The sudden and welcome increase in temperatures has seen the emergence of a good variety of insects over the last few days - as well as the annual emergence of human lower legs as the shorts get their first seasonal airings. At least six species of dragonflies and damselflies have been seen so far...
  • Media: Bittern

    Bittern, flying low..
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 06.05.2016

    What a fabulous week on the reserve this week. Spring has well and truly sprung and visitors are flocking to the local reserves to see whats on offer. Some of the stars of the show this week have to be the Hobbys. They've been easy to view every day over all parts of the reserve and are always a...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 6 May 2016

    Well, that’s a bit more like it! Spring has arrived at last; a week of warm weather and sunny spells. Warblers were particularly evident this week, finally getting a decent amount of weather to advertise their presence through singing. All migrant warblers are in and being seen regularly; lesser...
  • Blog Post: Bittern champion

    Guest blog by our Area Manager for Suffolk, Ben McFarland, who tells us about his important meeting with a local MP who we’ve asked to champion the plight of the bittern. A cold wind was blowing on my back, but the sun shone bright as we stood at the top of Whin Hill, next to the BBC Springwatch...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 29.04.2016

    Another interesting, wildlife packed, week on the reserve this week. You could be fooled into thinking it was winter at times on the reserve this week until you hear the chattering of Reed warblers in the reed beds, the calls of Cuckoo, booms of Bitterns and the melody of warblers and other song birds...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 29 April 2016

    Cold air still hangs over us, but the suns warmth is clearly strengthening, the temperatures are predicted to rise soon. This week has seen the last of our expected migrants return, namely garden warbler . We now have the full set on our sightings board, even if a hobby just put in a brief flyover...
  • Blog Post: What a great hobby we have

    Working at Minsmere has to be one of the best jobs ever - even if I do spend much of the day in front of a computer rather out enjoying the wildlife. Afterall, as highlighted in the latest (Summer 2016) issue of Nature's Home magazine, Minsmere is the Number One RSPB nature reserve when it comes...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 21.04.2016

    Another brilliant week on the reserve this week with, once again, loads to report. Birds of prey feature highly this week, although I'm falling short of photos in this area I'm afraid. Last weekend, Monday and Tuesday saw Short Eared Owl hunting over the reserve (probably 2 different birds...
  • Blog Post: One cuckoo may not make a summer, but one swift certainly does!

    Yes folks, it's official. It may be quite cold outside, with a chill breeze and only intermittent sunshine, but summer is here. One of our guides reported the first swift over the Scrape this afternoon. With several swallows and house martins over Island Mere this morning, and well over 100 sand...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.04.2016

    If there was any lingering doubt that spring had sprung last week - there can be no doubt now. It's been a week teeming with new arrivals and great wildlife sightings. It's hard to know where to start, so lets start with some spring arrivals. Tuesday saw the first report of Cuckoo on the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 15 April 2016

    Another week of contrasting weather; warm sunshine at times followed by thunderstorms and persistent rain on Friday, quite a typical spring week. The birds have been continuing to arrive from Africa throughout the week with additions including reed warbler, grasshopper warbler and common tern....
  • Blog Post: Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

    It's been a superb spring day at Minsmere, with migrants galore a few notable surprises. The wet start clearly grounded a few migrants, and it didn't seem to put visitors off either. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was a cuckoo heard calling a couple of times beyond Island Mere late...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness weekly update!

    What a busy week we have had on the reserve! Most days the weather has been kind so we have been flooded with visitors over the Easter break. Our insects are starting to emerge with all of our ‘Big 7’ species of bee being spotted out and about. Peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies have emerged...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 08.04.2016

    The star of the show this week was probably the White Stork. It's been seen a few times in the local area and was first seen circling high over Ham Wall on Tuesday. It was than seen flying in front of the Avalon hide the next day too and is still currently in the local area as far as I know. John...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 7 April 2016

    A week consisting of typical April weather, mild and sunny days interspersed with cold winds and heavy showers, there was even a pretty impressive thunderstorm one evening. It has been another good week for unusual species on the reserve, with the penduline tit taking up the star position. The penduline...
  • 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...