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  • Blog Post: Celebrating World Wildlife Day

    Today, 3 March is the UN World Wildlife Day. In celebration, I thought I'd share a pictorial overview of some of Minsmere's amazing wildlife. Let's start with otters . Late winter and early spring is always the best time to see these popular mammals, and they put on a particularly impressive...
  • Blog Post: Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live on a nature reserve? (by Luke Wake)

    If so, I can tell you that it is an awesome experience. I am currently one quarter of the way through my residential volunteering placement at RSPB Strumpshaw fen, and would definitely recommend it. Every morning I take my coffee outside and am serenaded by the sound of blue tits, great tits, bullfinches...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 02.03.2015

    Apologies for the slightly delayed blog this week, I'm afraid I was unable to attend work on Friday so it's been pushed onto today! All the photos this week come from the Waltons area of the reserve, where there seems to have been plenty of action this past week. Following on from last weeks...
  • Blog Post: Mud, machines, fences and avocets - an update from the Scrape

    It's been a while since I posted an update on the ongoing work to replace the predator-proof fence around the Scrape. When I let you know about our plans before work started, in a blog back in November , we were expecting to finish the work this week. While work has progressed well, we're...
  • Blog Post: More Minsmere murmuration magic

    Yes folks - after a couple of months away from Minsmere, our starlings have returned! Since the middle of last week we've had about 10000 starlings roosting in the North Marsh reedbed at dusk. The flock, which usually forms at about 5 pm, is best watched from the North Wall, or even from outside...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.02.2015

    A bit of a mixed week at Ham Wall this week with some glorious weather for a couple days and a miserable day yesterday. It's been busy though with lots of visitors, including families, over the half term break. There's been plenty for people to enjoy, with the increase in birdsong of particular...
  • Blog Post: Love is in the air

    Couples across the world may be celebrating Valentine's Day today, but did you know that 14 February is an important day in the natural world. Today is traditionally the day that ducks pair up for the year, and certainly there's been a lot of amorous behaviour on the Scrape for the last few...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 13.02.2015

    It may still be February but I'm thinking about the arrival of Spring - one of my favourite times of year. There seems to have been an increase in bird song in the past week, showing I'm not the only one with spring on his mind. Blackbirds, Dunnock, Blue Tits & Great Tits and a multitude...
  • Blog Post: Biting off more than it can chew?

    One of our volunteer guides spent some time seawatching this morning and was rewarded with a dramatic encounter between two large scavengers. Pomarine skuas are usually passage migrants in the UK, but one or two often spend the winter off the Suffolk coast, and one has been seen occasionally all winter...
  • Blog Post: Tangling Talons

    Having ten Marsh Harriers wintering on the reserve is something of a novelty for our Peregrines and there have been several hotly contested altercations in recent weeks as the hurtling falcons share air space with the languid harriers. Bob Cooper and Trevor Oakley both got some proper action shots...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 06.02.2015

    I've certainly felt the cold on the reserve this week. Temperatures have fallen well below freezing at night time and frozen, although thinly, large areas of water on the reserve. This often means birds are forced to gather closer together in areas of unfrozen water - one such area being in front...
  • Blog Post: One avocet doesn't make a summer

    No sooner had the first avocet returned to the Scrape, signalling the imminent arrival of spring, then the temperature dropped and the snow showers arrived. It's still bitterly cold today, with both the Scrape and Island Mere largely frozen this morning, but at least the sun is shining and the days...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 30.01.2015

    Plenty of testing weather on the reserve this week with high winds, driving rain, hail and snow to deal with but none the less we're making plenty of progress. The view from the 1st platform will reveal that work has started on the Avalon hide to the left of the Central Wood. Telegraph poles have...
  • 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: Flurry of activity at the feeders

    The feeders at the back of the visitor centre are a flurry of activity at the moment, with great spotted woodpeckers and tree sparrows making regular appearances, so it's definitely worth a peek when you're heading onto the reserve. Among the more common blue tits , great tits and coal tits ...
  • Blog Post: An evening with Raptors...

    Regular visitors to Arne will know that birds of prey are a major spectacle during the winter at Arne. Marsh Harriers and Hen Harriers are on the top of the list. Harriers have a tendency to roost communally which, if you’re lucky enough to witness, is a superb sight! This is why we are offering...
  • Blog Post: Spring is round the corner

    Next Sunday, 1 February, we switch to summer opening at Minsmere. This means that the visitor centre remains open until 5 pm, and the cafe hours switch to 9.30 am to 4.45 pm. To help us to get ready for spring, the cafe will be closing early on Monday, at 2.30 pm, for a deep clean, so if you're planning...
  • Blog Post: Predatory Action

    The Marsh Harriers were especially active again yesterday with at least four different females-types being seen and some brief talon grappling and squabbling going on. I still find it amazing that we appear to have ten Marsh Harriers wintering on our wonderfully wet marsh. To the best of my knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 23.01.2015

    Yet another busy week on the reserve this week, scrub work underway on the old canal bank/footpath side of the reserve and the new small pedestrian bridge is now open. This will eventually allow access to a new hide (the Avalon Hide) which will be built behind the wood diagonally right of the first platform...
  • Blog Post: Why is illegal raptor persecution still happening?

    Why is illegal raptor persecution still happening? Red kite with chicks by Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com) My first job with the RSPB was as an Investigations Officer based at our UK HQ at the Lodge in Bedfordshire. For two and a half years I followed egg collectors, tackled falcon thieves...
  • Blog Post: A busy week

    While I've been enjoying some extremely memorable birdwatching in Portugal (this isn't the place to relate the stories unfortunately), it's been a really busy week at Minsmere. Work has progressed well on building the new fence around the Scrape. The bank on which the fence will sit has...
  • Blog Post: Coot 1 Marsh Harrier 0 RSPB Ham Wall

    This Coot had a lucky escape as he avoided the clutches of a Marsh Harrier on the reserve this week. This was witnessed and Photographed by John Crispin at the 2nd viewing platform, who sent me the following photo sequence. Thanks for the photos John! Of course, the Coot may not be so lucky next time...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 16.01.2015

    Happy New Year Everyone!! Welcome to the first sightings blog for 2015!!! Firstly, apologies for the lack of blog last week - I simply just ran out of time. It was notable by its absence - as many of you picked up on the fact it wasn't there and quizzed me - I should of known I wouldn't get away...
  • Blog Post: Ever Changeable

    Just how many weather types can we cram into one day? Glorious start with blue skies, almost no clouds and mercifully no wind to be replaced by a howling tempest at about 2pm that shook the building and visibly rose the Purfleet Scrape water level to be capped off with a sunny if somewhat breezy end...
  • Blog Post: Strumpshaw Fen Recent Sightings 9 Jan

    Happy New Year to all who read this blog, apologies for the lack of updates over the Christmas period. The wildlife on show on the reserve is largely similar to late December, however a few subtle changes have started occurring. For example the shelduck numbers have started to build at Buckenham which...