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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier success at Ouse Fen

    It has been a successful year for marsh harriers at Ouse Fen. Six nests were recorded and, so far, eight fledglings have been spotted! There are now nearly 400 breeding pairs in the UK, mainly in eastern and south-east England but the story hasn’t always been so positive. Marsh harriers suffered...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 19 July 2016

    After a few weeks without an update (apologies!) the weather has finally broken and we are currently basking in 35 degree heat. Since the last update there have been a number of notable species seen; firstly on my way into work on 29 June I heard a Savi’s warbler reeling, this stayed until...
  • Blog Post: Giving Nature a home.

    Yesterday afternoon for the third year in a row I was lucky enough have a Hummingbird Hawkmoth visit our front garden gathering nectar from the lavender, a truly amazing moth aptly named as it flitted from frond to frond, then zoomed off. Amazing enough in itself. We have also had a Privet Hawkmoth....
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 15.07.2016

    Well, there's no doubt as to the star of the show this week. On Sunday evening a Collared Pratincole was spotted on the reserve and with it, over the next few days, came many visitors hoping to add one to their list. It's a summer visitor to southern Europe but a vagrant to these parts (and a...
  • Blog Post: Close encounters

    Getting out and enjoying nature is always rewarding. I find that whether I see a mallard or a marsh harrier when I go for a walk around the reserve I come back with a clear mind, feeling refreshed and inspired. There are some days however when taking a walk in nature, that you unexpectedly stumble upon...
  • Blog Post: Marsh Harrier Update

    Now is a good time to come to Radipole Lake and Lodmoor to see our resident Marsh Harriers. Both pairs have successfully bred this year with 3 juveniles each so potentially we can see 10 Marsh Harriers on the wing. There were very good views of the Harriers in front of the North Hide lunchtime calling...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 08.07.2016

    Firstly, apologies for the 'missing blog' last week. We've been having a few computer problems at the office recently but i also had to go out late on Friday to rescue a poorly swan who was taken off to Secret World for some treatment. I know - excuses, excuse! Well, I've left myself...
  • Blog Post: Red-backed Shrike and red-trousered Hobby's.

    This weekend has been quite nice weather-wise well apart from a downpour yesterday afternoon, so all in all it has been perfect for a walk onto the North Kent Marshes to see what is around. Really the best bird of the weekend has been the relatively long-stay Red-backed Shrike at Allhallows. It was...
  • 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. ...