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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 05.02.2016

    I wouldn't say spring is in the air but there are certainly a few signs of change on the reserve this week. Snowdrops are out along the rail path, although not yet on the car park boardwalk at the Shapwick end where there are large clumps each year. Birdsong seemed quite significant this morning...
  • Blog Post: Getting the oxygen pumping

    After another beautiful sunny morning, I decided to wander down to Island Mere at lunchtime. I hoped that I may manage to find an otter, kingfisher, bearded tit or water rail to add to my year list, but sadly I was unlucky with all four species. I was, however, able to watch a group of six whooper...
  • Blog Post: Off to a good start

    The New Year started with a beautiful blue sky yesterday morning, before the cloud rolled in on the biting easterly wind. The sun brought out the crowds too, helping us to compile a respectable New Year's Day list of 86 species of birds plus at least five mammals. Although the weather has been a...
  • Blog Post: Target Pool Battle

    The Wednesday Walk and a few other lucky visitors were treated to a twenty minute battle between our pair of Peregrines and an unlucky female Teal out on the Target Pools this morning. After diving on the throng of duck, the natural instinct for the likes of Teal and Wigeon is to fly straight to water...
  • Blog Post: Looking forward to the future

    As we reach the shortest day of the year, we can at last begin to look forward to longer evenings and daylight when the alarm goes off in the morning - though of course we have Christmas to look forward to first. At Minsmere today we were looking to the future too - and it looks bright from where...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 18.12.2015

    Another mild week on the reserve - not really feeling like December. Some of our wildlife is perhaps a little confused too with several common frogs seen in one area this week while staff and volunteers were working, a few sightings of Red Admiral butterfly and even the report of a Swallow flying over...
  • Blog Post: The Birds Are Back In Town

    November will soon be over, Christmas adverts are playing on the television and we’ve already had the first snows of winter, in fact I was lucky enough to have a ‘white birthday’, winter is well and truly upon us. That shouldn’t put you off from visiting Bempton Cliffs though...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 04.12.2015

    It's a busy time on the reserve for staff and volunteers with plenty of reed cutting and scrub management required to keep the habitat in top top shape for wildlife. It's been very mild for December and one or two staff members and volunteers have been working in short sleeves on occasions this...
  • Blog Post: More Wols Than You Can Shake A Stick At....

    Another mixed bag of wonderful British weather today with rain and wind followed by sunshine and a clouds with the mother of all cloud banks that was still heading south east as the sun snuck off and hid and the light fell. The wader numbers on the south side of the Thames have remained stable but there...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 13.11.2015

    The best news of the week is perhaps the long awaited opening of the Avalon Hide. It's been a long time coming but we're finally there. You access iby following the footpath beyond the new bridge and take a left turn up towards the wood. There are plenty of signs out so just follow those. ...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 30.10.2015

    It's been a fairly quiet week on the reserve despite it being half term. This of course is due in part to the main path closure as the Environment Agency work on their bridge. The reserve is very much open however - you just have to walk down the footpath on the other side of the main drain and cross...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 16.10.2015

    I said last week that it felt more like Autumn and this week has confirmed that feeling. There seems to have been a significant turning of leaf colour around the reserve and some very chilly mornings with a mild frost here and there. This has also heralded the arrival of some winter visitors, with...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 18.09.2015

    No doubt the star of the week was the Glossy Ibis. It was first seen on Sunday from the second viewing platform where it showed well for some time. On Monday it was seen here again but also in the section to the left (between the 2 platforms). It was viewed by crossing the new bridge and taking a right...
  • Blog Post: Skyfall from the Skytower – black-tailed godwits do a James Bond

    The whoosh of wings and circling in the sky is the spectacle of the week from the Skytower. Black-tailed godwits can be heard chattering as you ascend the tower, but then it really is incredible when they all ‘get the jitters’ and lift up and wheel around. We’ve been managing the water...
  • Blog Post: Have we seen the best of our summer?

    Here we are already in August, and so far summer has not lived up to the heights of last year, at least in terms of the weather. The birds however, have been as pleasing as ever, with a true highlight of the breeding season being 29 pairs of avocets fledging 20 young at Burton Mere Wetlands , and a further...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful Wednesday

    We have experienced some dry (and even hot!) days over the last week which has given us excellent conditions for wildlife spotting. Daily walks around the reserve are wildly exciting with over 100 linnets and 50+ goldfinches a regular sight. Several meadow pipits are feeding a second brood and they can...
  • Blog Post: More eyes in the skies

    Just had to share this short video from Pat Hart of one of the new local juvenile Peregrines that came to play on Friday. A whopper of a bird and already very proficient at stopping on unsuspecting lunch! What was probably the mother of this bird had a more successful time of things over the Purfleet...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.07.2015

    It's been a bit of a changeable week on the reserve and there's a distinct sense of bird life just slowing down a little as we approach the end of the breeding season for many species. The sight of c60 Lapwings flocking together - often disturbed by birds of prey such as Marsh Harriers passing...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 05.06.2015

    The very windy weather on Monday & Tuesday meant there was a lot less activity - that is apart from the hundreds of Swifts swooping around the reserve who seemed to buck the trend - it was a fantastic sight. I'm guessing the wind must have kept the insect life a lot lower and the Swifts took...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 29.05.2015

    There seems to have been an increase in Bittern activity this week - suggests that perhaps some females are off nests and out feeding youngsters. There have again been several chases involving multiple birds. his photograph taken by John Crispin is likely to be a female being chased by a male. The size...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 11/05/15

    Hi there everyone! So after a busy bank holiday weekend at Arne the sightings have been rolling in! Everything ranging from Marsh Harriers to Spotted Flycatchers, Sand Lizards to Wall Browns have been observed between Shipstal Point and Coombe Heath, making it a perfect experience for anyone visiting...
  • Blog Post: A Swift Visit

    Yesterday (Friday 8 th May) saw the return of the first swift to be sighted over the Mull of Galloway this year. These miraculous aerial acrobats spend almost their entire lives on the wing, rarely ever touching land. Swifts are generally considered the last of the migrant birds to arrive in the UK and...
  • Blog Post: Recent Goings On

    Now that the sun is shining, spring has well and truly arrived. Recently, the RSPB has led a guided walk to highlight the wildlife finding a home at Hesketh Out Marsh and the surrounding area. Although the weather conditions were ideal for wildlife watching, it had a calming effect on the tide, which...
  • Blog Post: Photo diary, 17th -23rd April

    Robin in the Spring sunshine - will join you as you walk along the Lonning. A surprise find today - a Spotted Redshank feeding with two Common Redshank on the floodwater - LHS of the Lonning. Spotted Redshank and Redshank. Swallow over the wetlands in front of the hide. A few Shelduck...
  • Blog Post: Migrant Arrivals

    From late March the summer migrants start to arrive back at Lake Vyrnwy, often a little later than the surrounding area given its altitude. The first migrant to arrive was the Chiffchaff during the last week in March and can now be heard all around the lake and a Redstart was reported just off the reserve...