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  • Blog Post: Waders, raptors & more along the North Levels Trail

    I certainly picked a good time to go on holiday, with the bee-eater turning up on the first day of my break! While it was obviously disappointing to miss such a stunning bird, I was at least able to find a few species that are hard to come by in Suffolk: chough, raven, Manx shearwater, shag and what...
  • Blog Post: A walk in the blazing heat of a Campfield summer's day - 27th August 2016

    On such a glorious day how could one not take advantage of the sunshine and see what was alive on the Reserve. A recent poster needed to be installed in the Wetlands Centre foyer and I knew my volunteer friends would be there welcoming all, so with a quick scan along the estuary to survey the ebb...
  • Forum Thread: 4 days in Rutland

    Hi folks, as most of you know Mike and I went to Birdfair in Rutland and although we visited each day and saw a couple of talks; one on Eastern Australian birds/reptiles and part of the Rutland Osprey lecture (which overlapped the first talk) I spent most of my time there watching the BTO ringing demonstrations...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful wildlife at Aberfoyle

    The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle is a five-star visitor attraction run by Forest Enterprise Scotland. It has a wildlife room - which is a joint project between Forest Enterprise Scotland and RSPB Scotland - where visitors can watch fantastic wildlife nearly every day, with webcams showing...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Raptor windfarm deaths

    Raptor windfarm deaths During late May and early June, RSPB Scotland received four separate reports of a bird of prey being found dead close to turbines at windfarms in different parts of Scotland. In this blog Richard Evans, Senior Conservation Policy Officer at RSPB Scotland, looks into the challenges...
  • Blog Post: wonders of the wetlands

    Summer at Leighton Moss sees the golden reedbed sea turn to green as the young reeds shoot up. Wetlands like Leighton Moss are some of our most precious environments and are home to many creatures that you won’t find in your back garden... The marsh harriers really are the royalty of the reedbed...
  • 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: From Africa to Lancashire, and back!

    Taking over Annabel's role as Visitor Experience Manager here at Leighton Moss is Fran Currie, here's her first blog... Spring is always an exciting time for migrating visitors returning from their African wintering grounds. Here at Leighton Moss we get an amazing array of migrant birds, from...
  • Blog Post: All about Ffridd

    The past week has been dominated by ffridd surveys. But what is ffridd? Well, ffridd is the Welsh name used to describe the habitat margin between the lowlands of good grazing and the moorland. It is generally slopes dominated with bracken with scattered trees and potentially scattered gorse and heather...
  • Blog Post: A fleeting suprise

    Swept in on the blustery winds Monday afternoon was a flock of black terns. On Saturday one black tern was sighted, but on Monday 15 flew in. The black tern is a small and elegant bird which almost looks like an overgrown swallow. A stunning photo of a black tern Visitors reported sightings of...
  • Forum Thread: Osprey at Woolston

    Just happened to arrive at Woolston this morning when a rather special bird had dropped by; an Osprey has been seen on (from what I remember) 3 occasions in the last two weeks and this one appeared to be a different bird to the one sighted last week. Photography was quite hopeless really as the bird...
  • Blog Post: A few more items from the month: 20 - 31 March 2016

    20th March. A sunny dawn and very still. Clouds had a westerly drift to them. Teal landing and looking resplendent in the sunshine. Pair of Greylag on hide Pool. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS COL - 40-50 Golden Plover, 5 Little Egret, 2 Greylags, small flock of Linnets, 2 Bullfinch, Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: Notes on nature: Eggs-traordinary ospreys hatch new plan

    Egg-citing news: the two most-famous ospreys in Britain – Loch Garten’s EJ and Odin – have laid three eggs this spring! The pair have settled down to family life once again at RSPB Scotland’s Osprey Centre, and appear to have put last year’s Eastenders-like love triangle...
  • Blog Post: April sightings

    Here is the start of our April list for Kinnordy. 48 species so far: Greylag Pink footed goose Mute swan Whooper swan Mallard Teal Tufted duck Wigeon Goldeneye Gadwall Shoveller Goosander Oystercatcher Lapwing Snipe Curlew Redshank Little grebe ...
  • Blog Post: Stars of the moss

    If you read our guest blog this week by the fantastic Anya, you will know that RSPB looks after over 200 nature reserves like Leighton Moss as well as working to create more habitats in adjoining sites. Here at Leighton Moss our wardening team have created two new reedbeds since 2005; Barrow Scout fields...
  • Blog Post: Has Spring arrived?

    It may be early April but there is still a touch of winter lingering on. April showers consist of hail and snow which isn’t much of a surprise given the temperatures, with the dam in full flow after a night of heavy rain. Despite the cold, signs of Spring have certainly arrived with frogs spawn...
  • Blog Post: April Showers

    So April is here and so are the birds! As are April showers which have soaked a few people out of the reserve today but it's worth the effort! The last couple of days has seen the return of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps which are now joining Chiffchaffs and Swallows which have been building up over...
  • Blog Post: Round the Bend & Up the Pole

    This has been one of those months when things have been pretty much non-stop. We have a new Species & Habitats Warden –welcome to Lorna Dow, who has been on secondment since the end of last year and is brave enough to want to stay! We also have a Meadow Officer starting on 4 April –...
  • Blog Post: Welcome back to the osprey at Kinnordy

    Thank you to Ted Logan for sending us these wonderful photos of the osprey fishing pike at Loch of Kinnordy on the 30 March.
  • Forum Thread: The Lake District Osprey Project for the year 2016

    The Lake District Osprey Project for the year 2016
  • Blog Post: What a Good Friday!!

    Who’d have thought I’d be in the office on Easter Saturday writing a blog... It should be lovely and sunny with Arne bustling with enthusiastic visitors spotting all the signs of spring. Well, that’s exactly what happened yesterday! It was a stunning day and provided everyone with...
  • Forum Thread: The name Loch Garten

    I’ve visited Loch Garten on several occasions and have always enjoyed my time there. However, it has always fascinated me and cannot find the answer of our it obtained its name Loch Garten. My surnames Garten (Meaning; garden) which originates from Germany?
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 1st August – 31st October by Alan R & Claire M

    After a pretty dismal summer weather-wise, the better weather in August was a welcome relief! It was a great month for raptors, with osprey spotted hunting on both the Barr Loch and Aird Meadow throughout the month, a peregrine over the Aird Meadow on the 14 th , frequent sightings of kestrel , and a...