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  • Blog Post: Visitors see things too

    But for a chance conversation in the Coed y Capel hide on Big Garden Birdwatch day, Mark Leonard's excellent photo of an otter swimming in the pool below the dam (see the Gallery) would have been known only to Mark himself and his family. Apart from proving that otters are present at Vyrnwy...
  • Blog Post: Its all happening!!

    Been away at the Members Conference for the last few days - well worth going - lookout for details and book for next year! Well its all happening in my absence! An Osprey has been seen on and off for the past three weeks, and an Otter at the Lakeside hide, currently our “Date with Nature”...
  • Blog Post: Have they - or haven't they?!

    We think - we may be wrong, but we don't think so - we think, we are fairly certain, the peregrines have hatched their first chick. This morning (Tuesday, 25th) the activity was intense up there on the ledge, with both parent birds in attendance most of the morning, and, thrillingly, around...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - 8-22 May 2013

    It’s been a fairly nice couple of weeks with a good deal of sunshine and some really warm days. The warm spell has made a real difference to the appearance of the reserve – it’s getting very green and there are lots of wildflowers in bloom. If you look closely, you may notice that the...
  • Blog Post: Yet more ospreys!

    Some fantastic views of osprey on the reserve today, starting at around 9.30am, a bird was fishing over the Aird Meadow, had three diving attempts but didn't manage to catch any breakfast, It was back again by 10.30 and then again at 11am, but didn't seem to have any luck with its catching today...
  • Blog Post: Tales from the centre / Chwedlau o'r ganolfan

    What a Wednesday! Glaslyn Ospreys Kate saw her first Otter splashing under the bridge at 10.30 in the morning. It’s amazing to see visitors faces light up when we mention these water loving mammals, it just goes to show how special they are. An hour later, a farmer dropped a squeaking shoebox with...
  • Blog Post: A Scottish Adventure

    Guest blog by Aris Litten, Minsmere Catering Manager Having worked at Minsmere for seven years, I’ve just completed a very enjoyable and rewarding sabbatical, during which I toured several RSPB reserves and projects in Scotland, carrying out a variety of different work and seeing some superb...
  • Blog Post: Minsmere's Springwatch

    Have you been watching Springwatch on the BBC? It was heartbreaking to see those dead lapwing and osprey chicks yesterday after Friday's massive storm, but I was so pleased to see the goldcrest nest has survived - and as for those treecreepers ! After April's flooding at Minsmere, we know how...
  • Blog Post: Waders galore

    Late summer means that migration is in full swing, and there's certainly been a constant stream of wading birds passing through over the last few days. Some stay for a few days, others for just a few minutes, so there's no guarantee that you'll catch up with all of them, but it will be fun...
  • Blog Post: Marsh Harrier Breeding?

    Some exciting news! I got a text from the residential volunteers saying that it was all go, go, go at the reserve yesterday. Things were looking really positive for the prospect of the marsh harrier pair attempting breed at Kinnordy. The Marsh harrier pair have been seen regularly for almost two...
  • Blog Post: June update from Kinnordy

    White and yellow lilies in flower on the Lily Pond and masses of tadpoles- it must be summer despite yesterday's frost. Our youngsters are growing up fast with a number of juvenile lapwings already taking to the air and young oystercatchers who will be airborne shortly. Half grown curlew chicks were...
  • Blog Post: The Sounds of Spring

    I think we can finally admit it is truely spring here at the reserve. Lots of paired up birds with hidden nests in the reeds. There is a coot's nest and a mute swan nest directly opposite Gullery hide, and a further couple of possible mute swan nests over by the East end of the reserve. Plenty...
  • Blog Post: April showers

    Its now the middle of the month and the signs of summer continue to encroach despite the freezing air and the odd snow shower. I'm sure many of the regular visitors to the reserve are now aware of the new Konik ponies that arrived last week. They can be located at the far west of the reserve near...
  • Blog Post: Bluebell Bonanza

    Hi everyone, Now is the time to visit Wood of Cree to see our spectacular bluebells. Accompanied with wood anenome and greater stichwort the woodland floor has really come into it's own. Our latest sighting of Ospreys on the River Cree at the Otter Platform is also very exciting, we are not sure...
  • Blog Post: Offsite Action

    20 th May 2012 Hello, Adam here Hope you didn’t miss Ben on Countryfile with his amphibious brethren – it’ll be on i-player for 2 weeks if you missed it – quality stuff. Well the last two weeks have been a full on training experience. First was the incredibly valuable...
  • Blog Post: Avocets galore and more!

    We are very excited that the avocet count on the saltmarsh pools has risen to 54! Given the success we had last season with 48 young ones fledged from 19 pairs of adults, we look set for similar this year. Pop down to the Eric Morecambe and Allen hides to get close up views of this iconic emblem of the...
  • Blog Post: April 2014

    This past month has seen our species list grow with the summer migrants arriving in the UK. It’s a great time of year to get out and about and listen to these birds singing as they arrive after their long journeys from Africa. Willow warblers were one of the first summer visitors to arrive at the...
  • Blog Post: Delightful chicks and a 40th birthday party!

    We are celebrating our 40 th birthday this month! The RSPB established the reserve here in 1974 and have been protecting homes for wildlife ever since then. With Springwatch well under way at RSPB Minsmere it gives us the chance to highlight the wonderful wildlife that we have all over the country. Nature...
  • Blog Post: Recent Highlights and the Tragic Tale of our Mute Swan Family.

    Well we have had an eventful month at RSPB Lochwinnoch. We celebrated our 40th Birthday on the 14 June and even with a power cut just as the festivities were kicking off we all had a great time. 40th Birthday Party at Lochwinnoch by Jason Verity I have been playing the detective in our mute...
  • Blog Post: Weasels, ospreys and other recent highlights at Lochwinnoch

    From scorching sunshine to pouring rain and wind, we’ve almost seen it all weather wise this month. It’s difficult to plan anything ahead of time because the weather is so changeable. Even in the same day! On one of the sunny, blue sky days a few of us were discussing the fact that it was...