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  • Blog Post: Ringing the reedlings

    With the nights starting to draw in and the leaves beginning to turn on the trees, autumn is certainly on its way and here at Leighton Moss that means one of its most secretive residents is coming out of hiding – the bearded tits or "bearded reedlings". These colourful little birds are...
  • Blog Post: Late summer goodies.

    Just when we were all moaning and thinking the summer had gone until next year it came back today, so one of the interns Julian and I decided to go hoverfly hunting, now hoverflies are notoriously difficult to separate, as to the untrained eye they can all look pretty similar. The plan was to catch them...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 23.09.2016

    Well, as promised, the area in front of the 1st viewing platform is wetting up nicely and beginning to create a bit of interest. We managed to walk out on the flat area just in front today to place a grit tray for Bearded Tits to use. They change there diet around this time of year and move from a diet...
  • Blog Post: I do like to be beside the seaside

    The autumn equinox signals the official end of summer today, although the weather bore more resemblance to a summer day than early autumn with bright sunshine, blue skies, barely a breath of wind, and robins singing constantly. All in all the perfect day for a stroll along the beach. The beach...
  • Blog Post: The fruits of autumn

    It seems that after an extremely hot start to the month, autumn has arrived with a flourish this week, with heavy rain on Friday followed by a showery weekend, in complete contrast to temperatures of 30 degrees last week. A walk around the reserve certainly has a more autumnal feel too, with much of...
  • Blog Post: The State of Nature 2016

    As many people will be aware the State of Nature report was published this week and as expected again made interesting but difficult reading. Here are some of the facts and issues contained there-in:- Working side-by-side, over 50 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock take of all our native...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 16.09.2016

    Another week has flown by but it's been a productive one. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers we have finished reed cutting on the islands in front of the 1st viewing platform and we are currently raising the water levels once more. There have been some naturally lower and stickier parts on the...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 09.09.2016

    Well you may have noticed yet another missing blog from last week. It was my own stupid fault as I badly cut the back of my hand at work last Friday morning and ended up in hospital having it stitched. I know excuses, excuse. It was a bit tender to say the least but I'm better now (thanks for asking...
  • Blog Post: Even more 'Much Harriers on the Marsh'.

    What a brilliant breeding season it's been for these fantastic and iconic birds of prey as they were once known, now generally called raptors! So! Nature conservation is not all doom and gloom, Turtle doves declining by 91% in the last 10 years so many species in decline etc etc. Life will always...
  • Media: Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

    Flying over Dosthill Lake by Footbridge 01/09/2016
  • Blog Post: Plentiful plovers

    One of the best things about being the visitor experience manager at Leighton Moss is the variety of work I get to do. Take this afternoon for example when I was lucky enough to get a break from my keyboard as I joined our site team to look at the new water control system in action down on the salt marsh...
  • Blog Post: The colours of the North Kent Marshes RSPB reserves.

    With the breeding season all but over and the kids back to school next week it's incredible to ponder how quickly the year goes, but the sun is still shining and there's still time to enjoy the wonderful sights of the natural world here at RSPB Northward Hil and RSPB Cliffe Pools. To emphasise...
  • Media: Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

    Taken flying over new footbridge over River Teme at 3:00pm 01/09/2016
  • Blog Post: Swifts, swiftly gone

    A few blogs ago I was writing about how short a period some of our summer migrants are with us on the reserve. Now as I haven't seen a Swift overhead at Northward Hill or Cliffe Pools for about 2/3 weeks I can safely say most have left to begin their long journey south. Seemingly one minute they’re...
  • Blog Post: Gravesend Local Group visit to Cliffe Pools.

    Group Visit to Cliffe Pools Posted: 23 Aug 2016 02:13 PM PDT We knew that the black-winged stilts and the mediterranean gulls would have already left their breedings sites at Cliffe but Sally counted about 30 little egrets loafing around the edges of the pools. With the temperature just a fraction...
  • Blog Post: Murmurings of migration

    With the wild weather this weekend, it is hard to forget that we are racing towards the final few weeks of British summer time. Whilst the shortening days are twinged with a degree of sadness, I often find myself secretly excited at the prospect of the autumn migration. August can be a quieter month...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: Flying and fluttering in the sun

    Butterfly season is now in full swing! The Discovery Trail and the Lin Dike link are great places to spot brightly coloured insects on the wing as they dance above wildflowers in the sunshine. Purple hairstreak, Chris Shields (rspb-images.com) We have some very dedicated volunteers who monitor...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 12 August 2016

    This week had quite an autumnal feel, with low temperatures and a fresh northerly breeze, however by Friday it was back up to 25 degrees hot and sunny with blue skies. The bird news this week is once again a little thin on the ground, however as always there is still plenty to see. Kingfishers...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 12.08.2016

    Well it's been quite a time since the last blog but it seems all the favourites have still been performing at Ham Wall in my absence. The 2 Glossy Ibis are still being seen regularly - usually in the area in front of the second platform but we have also lowered levels in the adjacent section (to...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 8 August 2016

    Wildlife on the reserve: Summer is well on its way, as we have all felt from the recent high temperatures, and the breeding season is drawing to a close. The spring symphony has passed and an aural tranquillity has settled over the reserve. However the quiet is not to be mistaken for inactivity, there...
  • Blog Post: Weathering the storms - the final installment

    After a couple of weeks of hard graft our head warden Richard Miller can breath a sigh of relief knowing that the salt marsh will be a fantastic home to the wildlife of Morecambe bay once again. Here is his final installment of how him and his team have managed it... With the finishing touches to...
  • Forum Thread: Recent sightings 1/8/2016

    Great birding at Burton Mere Wetlands as we move into the autumn migration, here's a flavour of what was around yesterday: 9 spoonbills, spending more time on the pools than the treetops in recent days 1 spotted crake, showing intermittently at the back of the main scrape up to 1000 black...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 30 July 2016

    A largely fine, warm week with warm nights, dry except Thursday afternoon when there were heavy showers. This weeks star species has to be garganey, for the past week we have had up to 11 of these migrant ducks in front of Tower Hide. They are currently in eclipse plumage so not the dapper looking...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 22.07.2016

    Yet again another wonderful week on the reserve - although the very hot weather has made working quite difficult as well as perhaps calmed down some of the activity from the birds. The early mornings have been the time to come by the sounds of it, with cooler weather, good light and a magical feel. ...
  • Blog Post: There's so much to see...

    One comment we hear regularly from visitors in mid July is "it's quiet". Indeed it is, in the sense that most birds have stopped singing and the reserve can be eerily silent at times. But in terms of things to see, it's from from quiet, though you may have to change your focus a little...