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  • 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.
  • Forum Thread: Ant Lion

    I have just received a note from Suffolk Nats, thanking me for this picture. So I thought I should put it on the Community website. It was taken one evening at Eastbridge. When Kathy went to put the washing out, it was resting quite happily on the washing line.
  • Blog Post: Warming up for some last minute hunting

    With such generally mild conditions it is not overly surprising that there are still some Common Darters to be seen out on the trails along with the odd Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and even a Holly Blue! Thanks to David Hicks for the shots... 22-11-14
  • Blog Post: Mild means keep going!

    The amazingly mild autumn that we have had so far is prolonging the life of a good number of Mesembrina meridiana on the wing along with Eristalis tenax hoverflies, Clouded Yellows, Red Admirals, Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters.... Mesembrina meridiana (HTV) Mesembrina meridiana blowing...
  • Blog Post: Witchy Tidings at Coombes...

    What ho? A new witch? Just in time! � Discover what Coombes has to offer this Halloween as our newest Witch joins Coombes Valley in search of magical adventures... Behold what is that I see in the distance?! Alas could it be Coombes Valley? I have come from a far seeking magic in the woods...
  • Blog Post: Little and large show

    The weekend just gone saw the main focus at Minsmere turn to red deer, with our annual weekend of guides and activities at the viewpoint on Westleton Heath. The red deer rut is one of the most impressive wildlife spectacles in the UK. After all, the stags are our largest land mammals, and the sight of...
  • Blog Post: Minsmere's Little Five

    We've all heard of Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. Did you know they also have a Little Five - antlion, leopard slug, buffalo weaver, rhinoceros beetle and elephant shrew? Well we have our Big Five at Minsmere - though perhaps not as impressive as the African...
  • Blog Post: Surprising reveal

    Clouded Yellows are tradtionally a late summer butterfly and may even be seen on the wing into October. We have had several along the river wall and most people have caught up with them on sunny days. Tony Orwell went one better on Tuesday when he not only managed to creep up on a resting individual...
  • Blog Post: It's dead, Mrs Conehead!

    Ever wondered what the pointy thing was out the back end of some crickets? Only the female has one and it is called the ovipositor and she uses it to incise a slot into a piece of vegetation into which she will lay an egg. This one is a Long-winged Conehead and I reckon she has got things a bit...
  • Blog Post: Blooming Ivy

    Ivy is almost the last plant to star blooming in the autumn and its late nectar resource is invaluable to hungry late butterflies, flies and Honey Bees. It is also the key plant for a new colonizer - the Ivy Bee.... This cute little orange furry bee with a stripy rear end was discovered on the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Creatures of the night!

    (from Norwich Nuthatches Wildlife Explorers Group assistant leader Melanie Beck) The Norwich Nuthatches gathered at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen on a lovely September evening. It was too early to start our bat walk so we made flying bats and tried to make as many words from the letters in the phrase ‘Nocturnal...
  • Blog Post: What's on this weekend? 13 and 14 September 2014

    Morning! How are you today? We're looking forward to a good weekend here at Rainham Marshes - pop over and say hi! Not only are you very welcome to come and explore the reserve, we have a number of events going on. On Saturday we have one for the kids - the Kids Birdwatching...
  • Blog Post: Blooms a plenty

    It may be late September but there are still many flowers out on the marsh to provide sustenance to hungry insects. Speckled Woods are still dancing around the Cordite and with the Ivy coming into bloom it is providing a valuable source of late nectar for Red Admirals to put on the pounds before hibernating...
  • Blog Post: Two Greenbottles sitting on a leaf...

    Flies .... mmmmm.... not everyones cup of cha but if you the time, patience and incliniation then they can be very rewarding. Take the humble Greenbottle ... green fly... must be a Greenbottle... mmm.... well, yes, but there are actually several species.... So here are a couple from this week....
  • Media: Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus)

    The hare is one of the fastest small animals in the United Kingdom reaching speeds of around 35 mph. With harvest over the fields surrounding The Grange CL are in abundant with the Brown Hare at the moment.
  • Media: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)Butterfly

    Red Admiral seen at the Suffolk Wildlife Trust Reserve Regrave & Lopham Fen on August 24th 2014. The Grange CL
  • Media: Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)Butterfly

    Speckled Wood butterfly seen at Sufflok Wildlife Trust Reserve Redgrave & Lopham Fen August 24 2014. The Grange CL
  • Media: Kingfisher

    The Kingfisher arrived on the fishing stage and stayed for around 15 minutes at The Grange CL
  • Media: Brown Hawker

    The Brown Hawker seen at The Grange CL August 2014.
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: Up in the air

    � If the RSPB had existed a few hundred million years ago, the only flying creatures we’d have been able to protect would have been insects! They were the first creatures to take to the air around 350 million years ago, and dominated the skies until birds came along. Back then some dragonflies...
  • Blog Post: Autumn passage is now well under way...

    Avocet by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) Autumn passage is now well under way with plenty to see on the South Essex Reserves. Bowers Marsh and Vange Marsh are the best places to go for migrant waders; species seen recently have included plenty of black-tailed godwit, avocet, lapwing, redshank, greenshank...
  • Blog Post: Hanging around for sunshine...

    Yesterday was a great day for dragonflies and in the sheltered, warmer spots the hawkers were amassing with all four species seen. Today is decidedly cooler and I suspect that your best bet will be to look for these fiesty hunters hanging up catching some rays to give them the energy to dash out after...
  • Blog Post: Hovers, Bombers and Orange Frills

    Loads of good insects on the walk today but the birds were pretty good too with the now regular variety of waders along with Hobby, Yellow Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Sandwich Tern, Garganey and flocks of chatty moulting young Starlings.... Garganey & Black-tailed Godwit (HTV) The two Lancasters...
  • Blog Post: Annie's Magic Moth Moment

    Found this beautiful Hummingbird Hawkmoth literally at the moment of emergence and as I moved her to a safer position, she ejected her remaining caterpillar soup (like ink) over my hand! After half an hour of further drying out, we placed her gently on a buddleia and shortly after that she flew away...