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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: This Weeks Wildlife Highlights (2 May 2015)

    Hi everyone, How are you today? I just thought I would share some of the wildlife that we've had this week! The exciting news was the hatching of the kingfishers - so the adults have been seen in and out bringing fish to the bank for the hungry young.... Clever kingfisher stitch photo...
  • Blog Post: Isn't it Springly!

    Yes, I know that springly isn't a word but I like it! It's that interesting time of year when you never know what you will find here at Rainham Marshes. The Lapwings in their swirly aerial display, Warblers are singing away, the Hirundines are whizzing over on the hunt for prey... ...
  • Blog Post: Southerly airflow brings migrants pouring in

    Is it really mid April? With the thermometer hitting the mid 20s Centigrade yesterday and today it feels more like mid July than mid April - and with the unseasonably warm weather have come scores of migrant birds, flooding onto our shores. Such has been the variety of migrants arriving this week...
  • Blog Post: Easter sunshine brings out the visitors and the wildlife

    I was feeling slightly grieved at not seeing Spoonbill number four yesterday so I headed back down to Aveley Bay first thing and thanks to Russ Sherriff I soon had this immature bird in view out on the Target Pools where it remained all day and was even actively feeding at times. Spoonbill (Pat...
  • Blog Post: Snakes and lizards alive, but migrants only trickling in

    The cool temperatures and persistent easterly and northerly winds over the past week have delayed the arrival of some our expected early migrants, but with southerlies forecast for a few days, and a rise in temperature, hopefully a few more will arrive this week. Sand martins and swallows have slowly...
  • Blog Post: Warm spots....

    Spring is having a few technical difficulties at the moment in persuading winter to relinquish its hold and give up on the North and South Westerlies that have been predominating in recent days. However in sheltered spots in the occasional patches of sunshine there has be some non-avian activity with...
  • Blog Post: 'Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas'... The Final Countdown!

    The Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas! Get ready for our final Christmas countdown blog... ...four holly trees... Holly is a true icon of Christmas. We use it to decorate our homes during winter, but I wonder how many of us actually know why? Well there are loads of superstitious...
  • Blog Post: Give me sunshine....

    Some mid afternoon sunshine was enough to stir loads of dozy Bluebottles from their slumber to clumsily bounce around on the veranda at work where they were doing their utmost to soak up the weak sunbeams that were focused on there. The white planks were the most popular and you could see them turning...
  • Forum Thread: Ant Lion

    I recently received a note from Suffolk Nats, thanking me for this picture. I thought you guys on the Community website might like to see it. Kathy was just about to put the washing on the line one evening when she saw this ant lion resting on it.