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  • Blog Post: Pantaloons, Mimics and Stripy Blood-letters

    I have been hearing about RSPB Minsmere and its popular Pantaloon Bees on various birding news feeds over the last week and wondered what they were. mmm... I thought... we have something similar with with big hairy pollen collecting legs that I call Hairy Legged Mining Bee... Turns out that they are...
  • Blog Post: Everyone can Give Nature A Home...

    Apologies to April and Joslyn Berry for taking a while to post this but a few weeks ago I bumped into this lovely mum and daughter and young Joslyn was enthusiastically telling me about the amazing (and very simple) things she had done in her garden to create a wonderful variety of homes for the amazing...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies by the bucket load

    What amazing weather we have had this weekend! And it isn't just me that has been appreciating the sunshine - Fen Drayton Lakes is bustling with butterflies! There are 56 different species in Britain and Ireland but there are 250,000 species around the world. They are found in nearly all terrestrial...
  • Blog Post: The big butterfly count 2016 is underway!

    It's a busy time for our friends at Butterfly Conservation. The big butterfly count has started! You can take part anytime between now and 7 August . All you have to do is count butterflies for 15 minutes (dry, sunny weather is best), then send in details of what you've seen via the survey...
  • Blog Post: A sunny morning amble

    With sunshine greeting me when I arrived at work at 0720, I once again headed out with my camera but unlike my Cordite only visit on Tuesday, I managed a full circuit. The Adventure Playground was occupied by a flock of Collared Doves but there was no sign of the Turtle Dove I saw on Tuesday evening...
  • Blog Post: Dance of the Flies

    And continuing the invert theme I now give you one of my favourite little flies - Poecilobothrus nobilitatus - with his pied wings and wing-waving dance off in the fly equivilent of a Black Grouse lek to attract the almost as dapper females... the woodland at Rainham is alive with them at the moment...
  • Blog Post: Time for a lie down

    I timed my walk around the Coast Trail perfectly this afternoon, dodging the showers and spotting some fantastic wildlife. Towards the end of my walk it all got a too much for me and I had to lie down. Well, actually there was a really good reason for lying down in the dunes - and it wasn't for a...
  • Blog Post: Aliens in Bedfordshire?

    Last week I thought I’d found evidence that aliens existed. Walking round the gardens at The Lodge, at lunchtime, I came to a large pond where a number of people were gathered. They were peering at something at the water’s edge; some were taking pictures. Elbowing my way to the front, I saw...
  • Blog Post: Mimics, Hangers On, Blood Letters and some quality Sliming...

    With a bit of warm sunshine the non avian life of RSPB Rainham Marshes has started to become more obvious and accessible and visitors have been having a great time snapping away at everything at crawls, flies, hops, walks and scuttles. Hoverflies have certainly increased with several new species for...
  • Blog Post: Searching for pine hoverflies

    All this week we’ve been celebrating National Insect Week 2016 and to round off the final day RSPB’s Will George gives an insight into surveying a rather rare insect. I've spent the last two weeks in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland on the trail of a rare and enigmatic creature...
  • Blog Post: Hornet or moth?

    A striking-looking creature has caused a stir on an RSPB nature reserve today. It looks like a huge hornet, but on closer inspection - note the furry antennae, small eyes and chunky body - it's actually a moth. A lunar hornet moth, to be precise. The magnificent moth was spotted at RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Insect World

    It is getting well into insect season here on the reserve and all we need now is for the rain to stop for long enoug for the sun to come out and warm our bones and those tough little invert exoskeletons... A few pockets of such warmth have occured since Wednesday (but defintely not today!!!!) and...
  • Blog Post: The birds and the bees (and butterflies and dragonflies)

    As Springwatch draws to a close for another year, the wildlife can once again return to centre stage at Minsmere, and many species are already vying to steal the limelight. Bitterns in particular have been very popular, with one male continuing to parade around in front of Bittern Hide, even booming...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating National Insect Week

    RSPB Scotland is supporting National Insect Week from 20-26 June - a celebration of some of the smaller creatures in our natural world that is organised by the Royal Entomological Society. If you haven't heard of it before, National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: nature's tiny jewels

    Now's the time to head down to a river, stream or pond near you and watch out for tiny, delicate jewels. Spring is the time when many of our damselflies and dragonflies can be seen. How do you tell the difference between the two? Well, dragonflies are larger than damselflies, and rest with their...
  • Blog Post: Bumper Baby Boom

    Evening all ... firstly apologies for the lack of blog posts from me of late - so much to do and not enough hours in the day... So what has been going on on the wildlife front? Well, spring is on the wane and despite the recent drop in temperature and a cool northerly wind, the marsh is moving...
  • 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...
  • 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: Comings and Goings

    Come on Spring! Pull your finger out! Today it almost happened... the air was warmer, the sun came out unexpectedly and there was no breeze or hardly any clouds. The hoped for sprinkle of migrants never happened and we are still awaiting our first Wheatear, Sand Martin and Little Ringed Plover but some...
  • Blog Post: Exciting discovery

    Back in the summer, a local lacewing visited the reserve for one of our moth morning events and made an exciting discovery on the outside of one of the traps. Reproduced below is an article Paul wrote for the local Norfolk Natterjack magazine Nothochrysa fulviceps, a lacewing new to Norfolk...
  • Blog Post: Some new invertebrates.... small is good

    I know that for most part the insect aspect of our lovely reserve descends into a winter torpor this time of year but it give the likes of the very talented Phil Collins the time to go through all the images he has taken during the course of the year and delve more into the intricacies if specific species...
  • Blog Post: So Mild!

    Our Wasp Spiders are normally long over by late September so to still have a couple of females guarding their precious egg sack cocoons on the 20th October is extraordinary. Needless to say it has been the diligent efforts of Clive 'Waspy' Watts that we still know where these late ones are. It...
  • Media: Grasshopper

    This Grasshopper just caught my eye.
  • Blog Post: Hummingbird?... yes...bird?... no

    Our first Hummingbird Hawkmoth of the season was seen on Friday doing what they do best on the Buddlia in the Cordite. Chris Norwood got some great shots of this amazing little moth as it necatared feverishly. To think that this would have come from the continent and flown across the North Sea. The...
  • Blog Post: Battle Royale in the skies

    With a good spell of nice warm weather, we have seen a pulse of big dragonflies on the wing with little packs of Migrant Hawkers patrolling the woodland paths, long bodied Southerns in the Cordite Store and even a belligerent Brown or two. The smaller flying insect population has been taking a bashing...