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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 13.02.2015

    It may still be February but I'm thinking about the arrival of Spring - one of my favourite times of year. There seems to have been an increase in bird song in the past week, showing I'm not the only one with spring on his mind. Blackbirds, Dunnock, Blue Tits & Great Tits and a multitude...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 06.02.2015

    I've certainly felt the cold on the reserve this week. Temperatures have fallen well below freezing at night time and frozen, although thinly, large areas of water on the reserve. This often means birds are forced to gather closer together in areas of unfrozen water - one such area being in front...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 30.01.2015

    Plenty of testing weather on the reserve this week with high winds, driving rain, hail and snow to deal with but none the less we're making plenty of progress. The view from the 1st platform will reveal that work has started on the Avalon hide to the left of the Central Wood. Telegraph poles have...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 23.01.2015

    Yet another busy week on the reserve this week, scrub work underway on the old canal bank/footpath side of the reserve and the new small pedestrian bridge is now open. This will eventually allow access to a new hide (the Avalon Hide) which will be built behind the wood diagonally right of the first platform...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 16.01.2015

    Happy New Year Everyone!! Welcome to the first sightings blog for 2015!!! Firstly, apologies for the lack of blog last week - I simply just ran out of time. It was notable by its absence - as many of you picked up on the fact it wasn't there and quizzed me - I should of known I wouldn't get away...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 19.12.2014

    This will probably be the last blog before the Christmas break arrives - it will return in January!! The biggest news of the week is that we have opened the new car park. There's still some finishing touches to do but we wanted it to be open in time for Christmas, as this will be a busy time with...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 12.12.2014

    The weather this week has certainly reminded us that it's winter. Although the WeBS count (wetland bird survey) for this month was slightly down on Novembe,r the winter pattern of species on the reserve continues.There have been fluctuations in the numbers of wildfowl visible from both platforms...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings from RSPB Ham Wall - 28.11.2014

    The main talking point this week has been - not surprisingly - the Starlings. Numbers are beginning to swell and the latest "guesstimates" seem to be in the region of as many as 750,000. There has been a smaller roost on Shapwick Heath but the main bulk of the birds seems to be at Ham Wall...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings from RSPB Ham Wall - 21.11.2014

    Don't seem to have had much time for actually getting out on the reserve this week and seeing what's about. A training course took up Tuesday and we've spent a good couple of day doing odd jobs in the new car park area. Things are starting to come together but there's still a fair bit...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.11.2014

    A week more in keeping with the time of year this week. Some very rainy days have not dampened our spirits however and there's plenty to report as always. Very little progress with the car park this week as we await more material to infill the, soon to be planted blocks, between parking areas...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 07.11.2014

    The colder weather has seen some significant changes on the reserve over the last couple of weeks. Temperatures have dropped steeply for a few nights and it may have finally put pay to the majority of the remaining dragonflies we had on the reserve. Migrant Hawker and Ruddy Darter have both been seen...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 31.10.2014

    The mild weather has continued and is giving us some wonderful days to enjoy autumns wildlife. At Ham Wall the winter wildfowl numbers are climbing slowly with a few extra Teal & Wigeon around this week. I've also seen small parties of Redwing flying over the reserve and plenty of waders to keep...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.10.2014

    A week similar to the last at Ham Wall this week. It still feels as though we are in a bit of an autumn lull before the bulk of wintering birds arrive. There's plenty to get excited about though, as we are privileged enough to have a fine selection of resident birds here in the Avalon Marshes to...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 17.10.2014

    We've been moving a bit of water around the site this week (as well as receiving plenty from the sky too). This has been because either we have finished work in certain compartments of the reserve or we are preparing other areas for access in the near future. The water in front of the 1st platform...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 03.10.2014

    It's been another beautiful week on the reserve and this warm & dry weather is really helping with the progress of the new car park and our habitat management work too. We're clearing one particular low lying area of scrub while it's dry (it'll be inaccessible once the rain starts...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 14.02.2014

    Once again, not surprisingly, it's the weather dominating all the headlines - and it's no different here I'm afraid. Wednesday and today have been particularly bad, with high winds and torrential rain at times. Thursday saw snow, sleet and rain but despite all this it was generally quite...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 31.01.2014

    The winter months are hard enough for our birds & Wildlife but the perpetual rain we are experiencing on the Levels recently must really be causing a problem for some species. There are some spectacular sights though if you know where to look with thousands of Wigeon, hundreds of Pintail and several...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.01.2014

    I've been lucky enough to have been on annual leave this week until today. This of course makes it hard to gather information to pass on in the blog but thanks to John Crispin and Ray Summers and 30 mins out on site myself, I think I've gathered sufficient data, so here goes! Volunteers undertook...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 10.01.2014

    The Somerset Levels have continued to take a hammering this last week with more rain falling to add to the plentiful supply of water we already have. Water Levels are high across the reserve but we seem to be fairing quite well, with just the Loxtons loop being closed. Surrounding roads are passable...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 13.12.2013

    Sorry for the slightly later posting than usual but we were having some issues with the computers at work on Friday and I just couldn't get it done. It was another interesting however week on the reserves and there was some great news to report. After having no Barn Owl sightings since July, a little...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 06.12.2013

    Some great sightings on the reserve this week - very few of these made by me I should add. I've spent 2 days reedcutting with our Softrak machine at Greylake this week, 2 volunteer days in a corner of the reserve cutting and burning scrub and had an office day today, but with the help of a few people...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 29.11.2013

    There has been plenty of work for staff and volunteers to get stuck into in recent weeks and there's barely been time to draw breath, let alone enjoy the feathery fruits of our labours. Work has continued on the new raised screen at Waltons (the Tor View Hide as it will be known) and the structure...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 22.11.2013

    With the end of the month fast approaching we have been extremely busy trying to complete the new screen and walkway at Waltons. They have now been named too: The Reedbed Walk and the Tor View Hide (it does what it says on the tin). We have until the end of the month to complete the work here due to...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 15.11.2013

    It's been a lovely week out on the reserve this week, with lovely cold, crisp mornings trurning into bright clear days. It's times like this I realise just how lucky I am to work in such a fantastic place. Despite the odd frost, we are still seing a few Butterflies and Dragonflies frerquenting...
  • 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...