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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.10.2012

    The area in front of the 1st viewing platform is a top place for a bit of bird watching at the moment. We are aiming to hold the water levels at their current position to create a great feeding area for ducks and waders. The varying heights of the islands offer varying depths of water to suit a wide...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 16.11.2012

    The final push to complete the work in Phase 1 (the section in front of the 2nd viewing platform) has enabled us to complete the works and we are now allowing water levels to rise in this section. As the levels rise, albeit slowly, the habitat should become suitable for wading birds at first (with several...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 23.03.2012

    It's been another great week for working on the reserve and you can really now get the sense that things are changing. There's been some great Dawn Choruses on the reserve already, with Blackbirds, Robins and Song Thrushes all trying to outdo each other. Chiffchaffs are singing in several areas...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 23.11.2012

    We've had some horrendous weather this week with high winds and a LOT of rain. With the surrounding drainage system so high it's over-topping in places Ham Wall is almost full to the brim in some areas and causing a few problems. There is one area of the reserve where we are actually trying to...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 22.02.13

    Firstly, apologies for the lack of recent sightings blogs for the last 2 Friday's. I was on annual leave last week and the week before I had to stay home and nurse my 2 daughters through chicken pox - mildly bird related I guess but I'm back now and ready to blog away. With all the stories of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 22.03.2013

    Although there is a hint of spring on the reserve, it seems the winter is reluctant to release its grip for the moment. It's been a cold and wet couple of days on the reserve and wildlife has seemed more reluctant too to show its face - not surprising (I've felt the same way). There has been...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 21.12.2012

    Well, as suggested by some, the world didn't end today and the reserve is indeed full of life. A visit out this very morning proved highly productive with a host of species on show. The female Smew is still present from the 1st platform but often swims down the channels and is hidden from view. Today...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 11.11.11

    There seems to have been a big increase in Starling numbers over the last week. Current estimates are at about 100,000 birds and they have been showing well at Ham Wall with good views from the first viewing platform. The flock has been split at times this week with some birds choosing to roost on Shapwick...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 10.02.2012

    Despite a brief thaw early in the week, it's remained very cold at the reserve here in Somerset and it's giving the wildlife a tough time of it. Groups of wildfowl have congregated in areas in front of the first viewing platform and within the Waltons section and kept some of the water, ice free...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 02.12.11

    It was a very icy Ham Wall this morning but an early trip out to the reserve this morning proved quite fruitful. A female Hen Harrier was perched in willows around the Waltons section for some time and offered good views. A Song Thrush was singing merrily along the old railway line and on the northern...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 25.01.2013

    Thankfully the snow we had in midweek came to nothing, although the temperature has remained low as I have found out to my cost after slipping in a ditch up to my waist on Wednesday morning and filling my wellingtons with more icy water this morning - I seem to be making a habit of this lately. Thank...
  • Blog Post: Booming Marvellous

    The Starlings seem to very happy at the far end of Shapwick Heath as they have now settled for their 2nd week. The numbers of birds are still huge and crowds of people who have been coming down to enjoy the spectacle have not been disappointed with their fantastic displays. In fact this week the displays...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 30.11.2012

    It may be cold but at least it's stopped raining and water levels in surrounding ditches are beginning to fall. This now means that we are able to expel some of our excess water too. Several areas of the reserve have risen to levels higher than we would have wished for, but sometimes there's...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 20.07.2012

    The last couple of days have been a welcome relief for us (and no doubt the wildlife) on the reserve and the water levels will soon reduce to a more suitable level. For the moment however, Loxtons Trail remains closed due to the flooded paths but the rest of the reserve is open as normal. The Great...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 07.01.2013

    Firstly apologies for the lack of blogs recently. Of course, it was the Christmas break but then I had a bout of sickness which means I have only just returned to work. This means there is plenty to catch up with and I have done my best to gleen information from wherever possible - thanks to John Crispin...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 13.01.12

    It's been another mild week and many people are reporting 'mini dawn choruses' on their local patches and on the reserve. Robins & blackbirds are particularly vocal in the mornings but Dunnock, Wren, Great Tit and Blue Tit are all joining in. Song Thrush has been heard on the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 01.02.2013

    It's been a relatively dry week for a change in comparison to many we've had recently, although water levels locally are still high with the last of the snow melt and a few deluges adding to the problems. We have been able to operate our pump for much of the week and are beginning to make some...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 13.07.2012

    The main talking point again this week has to be the weather. If you find yourself struggling with it as a human, spare a thought for the wildlife struggling in the conditions day after day. There have been a few good spells but with water levels still rising, the struggle looks set to continue for a...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 07.12.2012

    Some more great sightings for you this week. The stars of the week turned up yesterday (x2) and more joined them today. This morning 6 Waxwings were present (and still there at lunchtime when I left) in the Alder trees surrounding the car park at Ashcott Corner and also feeding in the small Rowan Tree...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 27.01.2012

    Plenty to report once again this week I'm pleased to say with lots of interesting sightings! The Yellow Browed Warbler is still present and often seen at the same location as before - the first wooden No Entry gate along the footpath side of the main drain, by the wood. It's often seen with other...
  • Blog Post: This Weeks Sightings.

    A female Hen Harrier was seen hunting over Walton Heath on Thursday afternoon,while Marsh Harriers have been seen on a daily basis. The male with the missing primary was also seen on Thursday. One Mrash Harrier was reported to carry what looked like a Moorhen in Walton Heath on the same day. Bitterns...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.07.2013

    The Little Bitterns are still proving to be a big draw for visitors, with a fairly steady flow of people visiting in the hope of a sighting. For the most part people have been successful in this aim- some having to wait longer than others but that’s the luck of the draw I guess. Sightings have...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 18.10.2013

    Seasonal changes are still very much in evidence on the reserve as the wildlife alters its behaviour in response to the changing weather and daylight patterns. Grass Snakes have disappeared from the reptile area we have created out on site (just a Wood Mouse seen here this week) , the reedbeds are much...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 01.11.2013

    At first glance the reserve can seem pretty quiet during the month of October. It could be that we are quite spoilt with the range of wildlife we have and can start to overlook how wonderful it is to have Bitterns and Great White Egrets on our doorstep permanently. There's nothing wrong with looking...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 08.11.2013

    A mix week on the reserve this week, weather wise. Warm Clear days followed by rain and winds and now thunder & lightning as I write this. There is a real sense now that winter is not too far away. Our winter visitors are much more in evidence, including the Starlings which have swelled from just...