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  • Blog Post: A soggy end to summer

    It seems that as far as the weather was concerned I picked the right week to leave the country, as while I was enjoying (some) sun in central France, the UK was experiencing somewhat variable, and at times very wet weather. And in typical Bank Holiday fashion, today has seen a return of cool, wet weather...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 28 August 2015

    A largely pleasant week of sunny spells although Wednesday will be remembered for its very heavy rain, which flooded nearby roads and topped up the fen a bit! We still have the great white egret in residence, it has remained very faithful to Tower Hide Broad for the past 7 days and is still happily...
  • Blog Post: Looking good isn't easy

    With the breeding season over, the annual habitat management season is now underway. As usual, we start with clearing vegetation on the Scrape, where the first work party was hard at work on Thursday. The Scrape management programme involves cutting the long vegetation from the banks and islands,...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 14 August

    A fine mid August week with a good amount of sunshine, overcast humid conditions and a small amount of rain on Thursday night. This weeks star bird was a great white egret, this grey heron sized egret came in from the east on Monday morning and spent three days...
  • Blog Post: Friday 14th August 2015

    The birds of the moment are the 5 juvenile Garganey (2 broods) that can be seen on Bottom Tank and Wildlife Watchpoint, and the female Smew that is hanging around on the Allotment Pool. The female Smew by Ian Forrest . The abundant mud is still bringing in the waders with over 300 Dunlin currently...
  • Blog Post: It's wader-ific and mammal-tastic here!

    Although we are only part way into August, and the summer is very much still in full swing (it has been glorious sunshine today), believe it or not, for many birds, the autumn migration has already begun. We have seen a great variety of wading birds turning up over the past week or so, both on Lilian's...
  • Blog Post: Out with the old, in with the new

    Mid August is a time of change. Birds are on the move, with familiar species leaving our shores, to be replaced (sometimes only temporarily) by visitors from farther north or east. Berries are ripening, seeds setting, and leaves are already beginning to change colour. Insects that we've been enjoying...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 07.08.15

    With the weather so changeable it's hard to remember sometimes that it's still August - it's almost felt autumnal at times this week. Although it's a quiet time of year for birds on the reserve there is still plenty to report. A good hunt around different areas of the reserve can bring...
  • Blog Post: Nature's colours

    We have a fabulous little activity sheet for children called Nature's colours. It's a simple piece of card with 20 different colours and shades. The idea is to walk around the reserve and see how many different colours you can match. For example, the marsh mallow flowers perfectly match one of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 5th August 2015

    A short update I’m afraid this week due to other work pressures. The highlights of the week included a single swallowtail butterfly seen on Saturday. This could be the first of the second brood or it could be the entire second brood! Last year we saw just 3-8 butterflies for second brood and...
  • Blog Post: Hummingbird steals the show

    As is often the case in August, the buddleia bushes outside the visitor centre have been the centre of attention for much of the afternoon. There's been a great range of butterflies, including several painted ladies and commas as well as the more familiar red admirals, small tortoiseshells, peacocks...
  • Blog Post: Dig this!

    We've been asked by some visitors recently about the lower water levels on Lilian's, Tim Jackson and Grisedale pools, as there is more mud exposed than you might normally expect in these areas. If you click on my blog from April here , then it explains all about this important management work...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 31.07.2015

    I know it's only been a few days since the last one but thought it was well worth getting in the usual Friday blog and getting back on track. I hadn't been well for a few days and it was great to be back at work and catch sight of an Osprey. The bird was looking rather tatty - perhaps after...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 31st July

    Yet another mixed week of weather, with below average temperatures, cool nights, showers, wind, as well as warm sunny spells to remind us of the season. Despite the weather we have had some good sightings over the week. We are pleased to see that the second bittern nest is still active from Fen Hide...
  • Blog Post: Eyes to the sky

    It's certainly been a wet few days at Minsmere, as elsewhere in the country, and it pays to keep an eye on any approaching black clouds before deciding to move on to the next hide as showers continue ot rattle through on a regular basis. Some of them are pretty heavy too. Storm clouds over...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 27.07.2015

    Apologies for another late blog - I've been laid out with a sickness bug and have just got back on my feet. I was even happier to be back when I caught up with the Osprey which several people reported to me this morning. It was seen over Waltons (and beyond), Loxtons and from the second platform...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 24th July 2015

    A sunny start to the week with dark rain clouds building as I write, this has produced a week of butterflies, dragonflies as well as some bird species featuring on this weeks round up. Swallowtail caterpillars can be seen in all stages of their development from the small black and white stage right...
  • Blog Post: Summer wildlife highlights?

    When the radio crackled into life with news of the first sightings of the day, they announcement was almost (!) as much of a surprise as the recent records of bee-eaters and an albatross. Bearing in mind the date (23 July), the report of seven brent geese flying south was unexpected. We wouldn't...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 17th July 2015

    This week started off overcast and drizzly and ended up hot and windy, so once again we have seen a range in weathers bringing a range of sightings. Now is the traditional quiet time for birds at the fen. The birds have had a very busy time for the past 3 months singing, feeding young and in some...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 17.07.2015

    It seems to be slowly creeping towards that very quiet time of year on the reserve. July is half over and August is fast approaching. Many birds are in moult after breeding which makes flight more difficult so they tend to be more hidden and of course there's a lot less singing. They've been...
  • Blog Post: Reality returns

    After the buzz of excitement on Monday and Tuesday surrounding "the Minsmere albatross", reality has returned to Minsmere. That's not to say that there's nothing exciting to see. Far from it, as there's still an amazing variety of wildlife to spot. With the buddleias coming into...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.07.2015

    It's been a bit of a changeable week on the reserve and there's a distinct sense of bird life just slowing down a little as we approach the end of the breeding season for many species. The sight of c60 Lapwings flocking together - often disturbed by birds of prey such as Marsh Harriers passing...
  • Blog Post: Much more than birds

    Minsmere is widely known as one of the best birdwatching sites in the UK, but it is, of course, much more than that. It is, quite simply, one of the best nature reserves in the UK - whatever type of wildlife you are interested in. A quick look at some of the highlights from today's sightings board...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 03.07.2015

    Well, this blog quickly follows the last one but there's plenty to write about. The best news of the week came on Wednesday when Chris Sperring MBE of the Hawk & Owl Trust came in to check our Barn Owl Boxes for us. The first 2 boxes disappointingly were being used by Grey Squirrel and the 3rd...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 2nd July

    Wow what a hot week! The weather here at Strumpshaw has been up to 31 degrees on Wednesday, with warm sunny spells to continue into the early part of the weekend at least. The hot weather has certainly had a large affect on the wildlife here at the fen. The invertebrates have had yet another explosion...