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  • Media: Noon Fly

    A distinctive member of the "House Fly" family basking on one of the gates to the cattle-fields at Radipole, 22-Aug-2015. Noon Flies like well-wooded and well-vegetated areas where they sunbathe on plant-leaves, fences, trees and even on the ground. They breed in dung and are seen in late...
  • Blog Post: Glittering Emeralds...

    Great news from today with Yvonne Couch taking some shots of the first Willow Emerald damselfly of the season. It was seen just beyond the Cordite I believe but I reckon that checking the Troll Bridge and Bomb Crater Willows will provide more sightings of this colonising species. note the white...
  • Blog Post: A catch up, some mud lounging, high speed insect gardening and late nighting

    Evening all... Sorry for a quiet week with posts.... manic with summer holiday stuff on the reserve and barely a moment to think and then went to the Rutland Bird Fair yesterday to 'work' on the RSPB stand promoting Rainham (and other reserves) as well as reminding the birding public that...
  • Blog Post: Summer holidays at Minsmere

    Guest blog by: Alison Cross, Learning Assistant Ian is very good at keeping us all updated about the wildlife seen at Minsmere, while I am going to update you about the little featherless two legged creatures...children! This week is the fifth week of the summer holidays, (for some parents it might...
  • Blog Post: Insectology and some Quality Hoverating

    Another busy Saturday that started well with a Little Tern heading up river early doors along with a few Common Terns and whilst brewing my first cuppa I noticed that the hedges in the car park were alive with birds so me and my cup of cha headed outside for a look around. The crowd of Blue, Great...
  • Blog Post: Waders a Plenty and a Blue Eyed Beauty

    I am not one for lists on here but just a quick update for yesterday to entice you down... Golden Plover, 42 Black tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, 8 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 95 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 16 Common Tern, Little Tern...
  • Blog Post: Sleep? I don't remember that bit!

    The last 24 hours or so have all blurred into one... It started for me with a walk around the marsh in the scorching August sunshine with a good long stop in the Cordite for some quality Hoverating. A couple of male Eristalis intricaria were defending their territories in a typically showy hoverfly manner...
  • Blog Post: "Well, I'm a Megachile, Lord I'm a Magachile..."

    I'm so sorry but everytime I get to write something about Megachile Leafcutter Bees , I can't help but slip into a little bit of Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Chile'... see there it is again, all heavy rift and grinding beat... I shall continue writing with it playing along... In the...
  • Blog Post: Think Small...

    With birds still ever so slightly on the back burner, it is stil the insects that hold sway in the attention stakes on the reserve (at least for the likes of me!) and there is still a huge wealth of different species to encounter of the coming weeks. Imposing Emperor dragonflies are laying eggs and...
  • Blog Post: The Creepers and the Crawlers

    Did you know the average garden has over 2000 species of insects? That’s 2000 little creepy, crawling critters sneaking through the undergrowth! That’s 2000 more than I’d like anywhere near me! Gosh I hate bugs. Always hated bugs. They just make my skin crawl! It’s something...
  • Blog Post: Giving Nature a Home

    Here at Titchwell Marsh we've recently created a brand new wildlife garden. It’s packed full of brilliant features which help to give nature a home. Why not come and have a look at it the next time that you’re in the area. However you don’t need a nature reserve and a small army...
  • Blog Post: Insectoidallytastic

    With some glorious days of late there has been a big increase in insect numbmers out on the marsh with the numbers of butterflies and dragonflies in particular going up. Black Tailed Skimmers have been seen around the trail with their dusty blue bodies and green eyes while female Emperors have already...
  • Blog Post: July 3rd 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Spoonbill - 8 on fresh marsh this morning Red crested pochard - 7 on Patsy's reedbed Green sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh Little gull - 3 on fresh marsh Spotted redshank - 5 on fresh marsh Avocet - 331 on fresh marsh Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh Little ringed plover - 2...
  • Blog Post: Foamy Fun

    If you’ve spent much time outdoors exploring the woods and the fields at this time of year then you’ve probably come across this foamy substance. Cuckoo spit - Chris Calow Have you ever actually taken the time to stop and examine it, or wondered what it is and what produces it? I...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Cliffe and some quality Rainham grubbing....

    It's been a funny old week so far, bouncing around between work, home and hospital to visit recovering Mum. Popped over RSPB Cliffe Pools and had a nice couple of hours escape on Monday evening. Lots of young waders and wildfowl including new broods of Pochard, Tufted Duck and Shelduck. Some of the...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies

    A short walk along side Ferry Lagoon this morning, revealed the coloured presence of several different butterflies. I saw the pale yellow and white of Brimstones dancing in the blue sky. Whilst the trees beside the paths were dotted with Speckled wood, Orange tip, Red admiral, and even the occasional...
  • Blog Post: Speedy Wildlife Walks

    A speedy circuit this morning to open up the hides but quite rewarding in the breezy conditions. It was already pretty warm and there was plenty of insect activity. Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were out egg laying on the Nettles and the first Meadow Brown of the year (for me) was flying strongly....
  • Blog Post: Insects galore - but they'd better beware

    With the return of warmer sunny weather today, the reserve has been alive with buzzing, flitting, chasing and feeding insects. A quick walk this afternoon revealed a superb variety of butterflies, damselflies, dragonflies, hoverflies and bumblebees. Possibly the best place to watch dragonflies and...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies Galore

    May is over and the horrible wet and windy weather seems to have gone with it, at least it had until today anyway. So far June has brought beautiful sunny skies and with sunshine come butterflies. The meadows on the reserve are currently chock full of wildflowers, perfect habitat for butterflies. ...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: dragons and damsels

    This is one of my favourite times of year... the time when dragonflies and damselflies are emerging. These colourful insects can be seen near streams, rivers and ponds almost anywhere - town or country. The bigger dragonflies can spend up to three years living underwater as a larva. The four-spotted...
  • Blog Post: Sunshine but where are the dragonflies?

    Things seem a little quiet on the Odonata front at the moment with few larger dragonfly species on the wing. Late Hairy Hawkers are hanging on in there and the first Black-tailed Skimmers are joining the small numbers of Four Spotted and Broad Bodied Chasers that are on the wing. A male Banded...
  • Blog Post: Insectopia

    It was a nice warm and largely sunny June day and after a fairly quiet Kids Birdwatching Club (great Hobby!) we headed back out for the Insect Afternoon amble. Plenty to see in the warm sunny spots out of the wind with quite a few hoverflies and other flies to sift through while young Dark Bush Crickets...
  • Blog Post: Feeding Frenzy

    Everywhere you look there are the tell tale signs that hungry mouths are being fed but exhausted parents. Almost every warbler you see is carrying a juicy grub one way of a faecal sack the other. Sedge Warbler Some broods have just fledged with young Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in the Cordite...
  • Blog Post: Results of the Big Wildlife Stocktake..

    We had a good day on Saturday doing minibeasting, pond dipping, birdwatching and generally surveying all the wildlife that lives at Rye Meads. A big thank you to all those that participated as we got some really good results and managed to ID a fair few. In the absence of experts in the field of some...
  • Blog Post: Flies can be fun too...

    Flies... now, I know that they may not be the favoured invertebrates of the masses but when the birding quietens down and the cooler weather precludes much in the way of butterfly or dragonfly activity, it is always worth having a look for the myriad of flies that will be resting on leaves and waiting...