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  • Blog Post: Variety: the spice of life

    There can be absolutely no doubt that spring is here, despite the, at times, chill northerly wind that has been blowing this week. Wader migration is in full swing, warblers are arriving en masse, insects are flitting around the reserve in increasing numbers, and a few unexpected bonuses are thrown in...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.04.2015

    It's felt like summer for much of the week at the reserve and visitors have been out in their droves enjoying the local reserves and what they have to offer. It's certainly been busy - thank you to those of you who sent me information or photos to include in the blog this week - at least 6 of...
  • Blog Post: Haverton Hill Highlights

    Spring well and truly is in full swing here at Saltholme. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and more and more we're seeing wildlife in the throws of courtship. The highlights for the reserve this week have really come from the Haverton end of the reserve, if you venture as far as the...
  • Blog Post: An unexpected bonus

    Yesterday was a red letter day for me in many ways. I had a rare full day birdwatching, saw my earliest ever swift, and found the rarest bird I've actually found for myself at Minsmere - and that's on my day off! I usually only manage to have a quick lunchtime walk, or visit one or two hides...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 17.04.2015

    Things are certainly hotting up on the reserve - in more ways than one. A beautiful week has seen plenty of visitors to the reserve enjoying the sunshine and they have been rewarded with a host of wildlife. Migrants arriving - some staying and some just passing through - but it's a time to keep...
  • Blog Post: Southerly airflow brings migrants pouring in

    Is it really mid April? With the thermometer hitting the mid 20s Centigrade yesterday and today it feels more like mid July than mid April - and with the unseasonably warm weather have come scores of migrant birds, flooding onto our shores. Such has been the variety of migrants arriving this week...
  • Blog Post: Let's all build a nest

    The breeding season is really getting underway now, with nests and displaying wildlife appearing throughout the reserve. One of the most popular species at this time of year is always our great crested grebes. If you are lucky you may spot their famous famous weed dance - though usually only snippets...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.04.2015

    It's been a wonderful week at Ham Wall - the sun has been shining making it almost feel like summer and the wildlife is very active. It's a special time of year for wildlife enthusiasts as creatures awaken from winter slumbers and migrants are on the move. Ham Wall has had its share with grass...
  • Blog Post: Snakes and lizards alive, but migrants only trickling in

    The cool temperatures and persistent easterly and northerly winds over the past week have delayed the arrival of some our expected early migrants, but with southerlies forecast for a few days, and a rise in temperature, hopefully a few more will arrive this week. Sand martins and swallows have slowly...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings RSPB Ham Wall - week 21st - 27th March 2015

    Apologies for the lateness of this blog. Technical issues and being absent from work for a couple of days have really delayed this one! It was written ready for last Friday so concentrates up to that date only...... Another steady week of activity on the reserve this week as we await the big April...
  • Blog Post: #signsofspring

    Firstly, apologies for the delay since my last sightings blog. I’ve spent much of the last week in conferences or meetings (more of that later), and then the Community pages had to be closed for maintenance. At last they are back on line, so here's an overdue update. The last time I updated...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.03.2015

    Spring has most definitely sprung and the evidence is all around. Last weekend saw the arrival of 100's of Sand Martins on the reserve and even during this week small groups c20 can be seen most days. They are not always flying low though so familiarising yourself with their call can help you locate...
  • Blog Post: Eagle alert

    Wow! I'm still trying to get my breath back after running to the Whin Hill watchpoint to see one of the most impressive of British birds, a juvenile white-tailed eagle, circling low over Island Mere. With a two metre wingspan and broad wings, these truly are impressive birds, and it totally dwarfed...
  • Blog Post: Eyes to the skies

    There are many good reasons to be looking at the sky this week. On Friday and Saturday evenings we are working with two local astronomy groups to bring you star gazing at Minsmere. These events, which are free, take place in the Discovery Centre from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, and there is no need to book...
  • Blog Post: I'm a Bit(tern) excited!

    On Saturday morning I arrived at the reserve with volunteer Jess at 8am in order to get a quick bit of birding in before we opened the Visitor Centre for the day. Aren’t we keen! It was a lovely morning for it, and we managed to get great views of two Marsh harriers. The target species was Bearded...
  • Blog Post: It's all adding up to spring

    What a fantastic few days we've had. The spring sunshine has led to unseasonably high temperatures, reaching well into double figures, and prompted the emergence of various insects, reptiles and amphibians. Several people reported seeing adders over the weekend, especially between Bittern Hide...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating World Wildlife Day

    Today, 3 March is the UN World Wildlife Day. In celebration, I thought I'd share a pictorial overview of some of Minsmere's amazing wildlife. Let's start with otters . Late winter and early spring is always the best time to see these popular mammals, and they put on a particularly impressive...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 02.03.2015

    Apologies for the slightly delayed blog this week, I'm afraid I was unable to attend work on Friday so it's been pushed onto today! All the photos this week come from the Waltons area of the reserve, where there seems to have been plenty of action this past week. Following on from last weeks...
  • Blog Post: Mud, machines, fences and avocets - an update from the Scrape

    It's been a while since I posted an update on the ongoing work to replace the predator-proof fence around the Scrape. When I let you know about our plans before work started, in a blog back in November , we were expecting to finish the work this week. While work has progressed well, we're...
  • Blog Post: Spring is on its' way!

    Hello all Spring is definitely in the air today, a beautiful frosty morning with blue skies and sunshine! The last few weeks have seen plenty of spring signs emerging with the arrival of the pure and pristine snowdrops, buds bursting on the sallows revealing the pussy willow inside, leaves emerging...
  • Blog Post: Latest bird news and reed bed work on 28th Feb

    Just a brief update to warn our visitors that a group of scouts will be working in the reed bed on Saturday 28th February. We have to get the work done before the lapwings and water rails get down to nesting in the second half of March. The bittern is hopefully still with us, having been seen last...
  • Blog Post: More Minsmere murmuration magic

    Yes folks - after a couple of months away from Minsmere, our starlings have returned! Since the middle of last week we've had about 10000 starlings roosting in the North Marsh reedbed at dusk. The flock, which usually forms at about 5 pm, is best watched from the North Wall, or even from outside...
  • Blog Post: Spring-like sightings

    It has been an exciting few weeks down on Otmoor recently, there are Snowdrops coming up, the birds are starting to sing and pair up and I even took my woolly hat off today! So what has been seen on site recently? Wildfowl are still using the site in large numbers, Wigeon flocks can be seen on...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.02.2015

    A bit of a mixed week at Ham Wall this week with some glorious weather for a couple days and a miserable day yesterday. It's been busy though with lots of visitors, including families, over the half term break. There's been plenty for people to enjoy, with the increase in birdsong of particular...
  • Blog Post: Is that a smew (drake) I see before me?

    That red-headed smew is still causing havoc, especially now she has a partner in crime. The drake was first seen on Sunday 8 th and since then the trixy pair have been up and down the reserve. They have been switching between Main Bay and Village bay a few times a day, with occasional jaunts down to...