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  • Forum Reply: RE: Banton Loch autumn arrivals

    I'm really thrilled, over the moon. After stalking my local kingfisher for months I finally managed to get a few pictures today .. but I also captured four lapwings, which I have never seen before on Banton Loch. Lots of other goodies to see, but watching the kingfisher fishing just made my day...
  • Blog Post: Minsmere is number one

    That's what you tell us anyway. We're now rated as the number one visitor attraction in Suffolk according to Trip Advisor , with 97% of reviews rating Minsmere at least four out of five. We really enjoy reading reviews on Trip Advisor. Many reviews thank our amazing volunteer guides and reception...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend

    Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend If the build up week to the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend didn’t produce the goods, we had hope that the the bird identification sessions, birdwatching walks and not to mention the bird ringing demonstrations would turn up trumps over the weekend. Well, the build...
  • Blog Post: Snow & woodland Kingfishers

    Kingfishers may not be the first bird you think of when visiting Nagshead , but at certain times of year, they can be quite regular on the reserve ponds. It is always an intriguing sight to see one flash past in a blue blur at waist height through mature woodland, commuting between water bodies. Late...
  • Blog Post: 15 December - 7 January

    Recent sightings blog Lochwinnoch 15 Dec 2014 - 7 Jan 2015 The old year finished up on the reserve with some nice sightings though there were no additions to the yearlist, the total for 2014 thus ending on 122 species. The slavonian grebe was seen again on the Barr Loch on 23 - 28 Dec with a ringtail...
  • Blog Post: New year, new things!

    We're slowly getting back into gear at Rye Meads after the Christmas break, and despite a weekend where the weather spent one entire day pouring with rain on us, and one day where the entire reserve was shrouded in freezing fog (!) we managed to gather a reasonable list of sightings together, including...
  • Blog Post: Further sightings from Campfield.

    18th November. A fine morning though a cold easterly wind was blowing. A walk down the Lonning about 2pm. Met a number of interesting people with stories to tell: Hedda, Warden of Dufton Youth Hostel until it closed, having recently moved into the area, plans to join Campfield volunteers. Andy...
  • Blog Post: Dancing on ice

    Brrrr, it's gotten pretty chilly outside over the past few days. The pools are largely frozen up with a thick layer of ice which means that a lot of the ducks and water birds that frequent the reserve at this time of year have headed onto the open dykes or the saltmarsh. However, the beauty of the...
  • Forum Thread: Kingfisher - Yeah

    I saw a Kingfiher in this area ealier this year, prior to lhat it was probably 40 years ago that I saw one. This moning, from a tip off from my dog walking Sister, I had the opportunity to observe and photograoh a female Kingfisher for nigh on 50 minutes. I hope we have some better...
  • Blog Post: Check everywhere!

    Our Kingfishers at this time of year are very mobile and can be found along and over any body of water on the marsh when it is not frozen. They like the white water monitoring posts and even gates but sometimes you will catch one sitting unobtrusively in a willow watching the water below. I love this...
  • Blog Post: New visitors at Nagshead

    If you visit the woods at Nagshead over the festive period, you will be sure of a big surprise thanks to art students from the Royal Forest of Dean campus of Gloucester College. The students have created six sculptures specifically for Nagshead as part of their course, which can be found around the Visitor...
  • Blog Post: Winter has arrived on the Dee...

    Winter has arrived, with the first snow flurries falling at the reserve and snow on the Welsh hills visible from the reception hide. Recent sightings on the reserve have included two ring tail hen harriers , brilliant to have these stunning birds back for the winter months on the estuary, two marsh...
  • Blog Post: Otterly bittern by the Minsmere bug

    Over the last few months we've been treated to some highly enjoyable guest blogs by a few of Minsmere's amazing volunteers. Today I'd like to share another blog by Ally Hoadley, who has recently posted her contribution to an advent calender on the A Focus on Nature website. AFON is a a...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 1st-7th December 2014

    Hi, Finally catching a glimpse of an Ynys-hir otter has to my personal highlight on the reserve this week. The otter, viewed from both the Domen Las and Marian Mawr Hides, was busy foraging on the estuary and successfully caught atleast one big flat fish whilst I was watching, excellent stuff! ...
  • Blog Post: Having a hoot at Leighton Moss

    As many of you may have seen on Autumnwatch, Leighton Moss is home to a wealth of wildlife including some silent hunters, owls. The equipment the BBC provided, let us have a fantastic insight into the numbers and types of owl we have in our area. Because these birds hunt mainly at dusk and at night they...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch stars showing off

    We welcomed Etholle George from BBC Radio Suffolk back to Minsmere yesterday to present her breakfast show live from the Discovery Centre. Her story on BBC Look East, filmed last week, was also braodcast on bulletins throughout Tuesday. Etholle was here to celebrate the success of Springwatch six...
  • Blog Post: The Birdy Bit - 18th November 2014

    As Christmas approaches and we stock our cupboards full of festive goodies, wildlife is entering its most critical time of the year for survival with long cold nights coupled with diminishing food supplies. Feeding birds in the garden is a popular activity - over half of adults in the UK feed birds in...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 16th-30th November 2014

    Hi, If I were to use one word to describe the last fortnight on the reserve it would be settled. The reserve’s wildlife cast remained relatively similar however with mild and calm conditions dominating it made for some pleasant viewing on the reserve. The suns late autumn glow illuminating...
  • Media: Little Mr Fatty!!!!!

    Male Kingfisher, shot in rubbish light condition's at ISO2000
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen sightings 21 November

    At long last our penduline tit decided to reveal itself to a few lucky observers. I first heard the bird on 11 October and it has taken up until this Wednesday for anyone to see it properly enough to fully confirm identification and what's more is that there are actually two birds present. They both...
  • Blog Post: No need for a long walk

    Don't let the short days, with the nights rapidly closing in and the continuing dull weather, put you off visiting Minsmere this winter. There's lots to see without the need for a long walk around the full circular walks. You may simply want to visit the shop or cafe for some pre-Christmas...
  • Blog Post: Maintaining the Feeding Station

    Over the last few days Dean has been making changes to the feeding station outside the visitor centre. No equipment lasts for ever so out with the old, and in with new posts from which to hang the feeders. He didn't really need help but he did have supervision. Brian was watching from the visitor...
  • Blog Post: Latest sightings - lovely plovers and more

    A very busy weekend here meant that there was lots of eyes on our wildlife and we've got some fantastic sightings to report..... Down at the Eric Morecambe and Allen hides, the wading birds have been brilliant. A golden plover and a grey plover have been spotted there which, even if they are not...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 7-16 November by Angus Murray

    The highlight of the week was definitely the Bittern that was seen by two fortunate observers by the Millbank Burn at the Barr Loch on 9 Nov. Since the formation of the reserve this is only the sixth ever record, the last being in 1994. In common with the rest of Britain the Bittern would once have been...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 9th-15th November 2014

    Hi, We’ve just had another fantastic week on the reserve with the key sightings being a fine drake Green-winged Teal (Ynys Feurig Hide, daily since its discovery on the 11 th ), two Otter (Domen Las Hide,10 th ) and a big bull Grey Seal (Domen Las Hide, 12 th ). This Green-winged Teal...