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  • 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...
  • 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...