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  • Blog Post: A Mediterranean summer

    OK, so it may be not be Mediterranean weather, but with Glastonbury just finished and Wimbledon underway, what more do you expect? But there is certainly a Mediterranean feel to Minsmere right now as large flocks of Mediterranean gulls are gathering on the Scrape. Numbers fluctuate during the day, and...
  • Blog Post: The benefits of being a warden

    One of the joys of being a warden is being on the reserve in the early mornings. I noticed this female Marsh Harrier on the gauge board in the Wildlife Watchpoint cut this morning as I entered the hide. Ed brought the reserve camera and managed to get this shot as I slowly opened a shutter. Just...
  • Blog Post: Quick update 27 June

    We still have a few swallowtails on the wing with two seen today near the pond dipping platform, plenty of dragonflies as well as kingfishers and a few bittern sightings. The heavy rain has made quite a few of our paths a bit soggy so if you are visiting please wear stout footwear. The first field...
  • Blog Post: 'What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours.......

    brought the sun and the flowers where there used to be rain'. If only that were the case. Where the leave vote leaves the future of our nature is anyones' guess, only time will tell. On the positive side the sun did shine today and so the insects and butterflies took advantage. I saw in...
  • Blog Post: Marsh Harrier Juveniles Fledged at Radipole Lake

    Good news from Radipole! For the 8th year running our resident Marsh Harriers have successfully nested, and the three youngsters were seen in flight yesterday with mum and dad in attendance. So you could potentially see 5 of these magnificent birds of prey, right here in the centre of Weymouth. ...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.06.2016

    Once again a very active and interesting week on the reserve. You may have read articles this week on social media regarding some of our extra special birds we have on site at the moment. Great White Egrets were the main feature giving news of probable number of nests and about the ringing of some of...
  • Blog Post: what comes out after dark...

    Summer evenings at Leighton Moss are a magical time, after the visitor centre closes at 5 pm the pace on the reserve slows down and you can really enjoy this special place at its most peaceful. It’s also when you might see some of our nocturnal residents; a colony of soprano pipistrelle bats. ...
  • Blog Post: A catalogue of birds

    As the BBC Springwatch team were leaving on Sunday, Minsmere played host to another exciting event in partnership with Aldeburgh Music and BBC Radio Three. As part of the annual Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh Music hosted a series of events around Messiaen's Catalogue d'Oiseaux. Starting with...
  • Blog Post: Ouse Fen just got bigger!

    A bold vision is coming to life at Ouse Fen - we are busy turning the largest sand/gravel quarry in southern England into the country’s largest reed bed! Last month, 96ha of restored land was transferred from Hanson Aggregates to the RSPB at Ouse Fen. This means that the nature reserve now covers...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 17 June 2016

    Generally a very nice week with warm sunny conditions interspersed with rain showers and the odd overcast day like today (Friday). The highlight of the week will have to be the swallowtails once again. When the sun was shining we had plenty of sightings from all over the reserve, including; five...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 17.06.2016

    As often with Ham Wall it's the long legged birds which steal the show. Bitterns are still busying themselves feeding youngsters. The activity suggests that we have at least 7 nests on the reserve this season. Waltons is a good area to try and track them down but they are also within the Loxtons...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier majesty

    A walk down the causeway at RSPB Leighton Moss in summer isn’t complete without a glimpse of a majestic marsh harrier . It has been a fantastic year here for these birds, with five adults in total, three females and two males, on the reserve since early spring. Marsh harriers are one of the...
  • Blog Post: Sightings at Lodmoor and Radipole Lake, Early Summer 2016

    Lodmoor had the best of the recent sightings. A booming Bittern was there from 8th May although it's gone quiet now. Other highlights include up to 10 species of waders including Black Winged Stilt (10th May), summer plumage Knot and Grey Plover, Little Stint, lots of Whimbrel and a couple of Avocet...
  • Blog Post: Rubbish and rubbish weather.

    Yesterday at Cliffe pools I bumped into two very nice gentlemen, who informed me they were doing a bug survey for Bio-scan. I have heard of Bio-scan and their own blurb states:- Bioscan is one of the UK’s longest established environmental consultancies specialising in applied ecology; they said...
  • 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: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.06.2016

    After a week off last week the amount of vegetation growth around the reserve was very striking on my return. It means that some views are becoming slightly more obscured and there's plenty more places for the wildlife to hide away. The weather has also been particularly hot this week which often...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harriers

    I have been off this forum far too long! This is the first of a series of short single-species updates. Regular visitors to the reserve with be aware that a pair of marsh harriers have nested again. However, we think they are different birds from those that reared four young last year. The male appears...
  • Media: Marsh Harrier coming in

  • Media: Marsh Harrier in flight

  • Media: Marsh Harrier feeding

    A marsh harrier on its plucking post with someone's chick
  • Blog Post: Once bittern, twice in the sky.

    I am finding work very difficult at the moment. It is so hard to decide where to take my lunchtime walk because there is just so much going on around the reserve and I am also finding the drama unfolding on the Springwatch live cameras too hard to resist. The live cameras are so addictive and I have...
  • Blog Post: Shades of pink and purple with spots

    Have you been keeping up with the excitement from week one of Springwatch? There are so many stories unfolding, with drama at every turn. Will the stone-curlew egg hatch? How will the single parent blue tit fare? Did the sparrowhawks catch the female swallow? How will the avocet on the Scrape get on...
  • Blog Post: damselflies of the deep

    Sunday morning saw the second of this year's Birdsong for Beginners walks. While 7.30 may be an early start for a bank holiday Sunday it was well worth getting out of bed for. After a sleepy start, myself alongside the incredibly knowledgeable Sue and Andy set off with a small group of 12 participants...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 27.05.2016

    It's a fantastic time of year on the reserve with so many opportunities to get some great wildlife sightings. There's so much to see but also so much to hear, which is all part of a great experience for visitors. Whether it's crazy Bitterns in some kind of dispute: Crazy Bitterns: John...
  • Blog Post: Mini beasts

    Hoverflies. Although these brightly-coloured insects look like bees or wasps, they are in fact true flies and do not sting. Hoverflies are excellent examples of one insect looking like another insect. They generally mimic bees and wasps – insects that sting and also taste unpleasant, so are...