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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: The diverse world of pollinators

    This blog post originally appeared as an article in Cambridge News . By Rebecca Green, RSPB Community Engagement Officer Pollinators and their many forms If you’ve been out exploring the local countryside this summer, you’ll have noticed that it is is abuzz with pollinating insects...
  • Blog Post: Important Little Bees

    Historically speaking the reserve has always been important for bees of many species. One of the most important is a little stripy one that emerges in the late summer and times its appearance with the flowering of the Sea Aster down on the saltmarsh and hence it's English name of Sea Aster Mining...
  • Blog Post: A (bee-)wolf's tale of life and death

    Guest blog by Steve Everett, regular Minsmere visitor Along the path from the pond to the North Wall, there is a stretch of path with sandy sides that has become a magnet for visitors over the past few weeks. This is the realm of the bee wolf, a digger wasp that specializes in catching honey bees...
  • 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...