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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 19.12.2014

    This will probably be the last blog before the Christmas break arrives - it will return in January!! The biggest news of the week is that we have opened the new car park. There's still some finishing touches to do but we wanted it to be open in time for Christmas, as this will be a busy time with...
  • Blog Post: New visitors at Nagshead

    If you visit the woods at Nagshead over the festive period, you will be sure of a big surprise thanks to art students from the Royal Forest of Dean campus of Gloucester College. The students have created six sculptures specifically for Nagshead as part of their course, which can be found around the Visitor...
  • Blog Post: Counting down

    It's an exciting time in our household, as in many around the country, as we count down the days until Christmas. Advent calendars are opened to reveal festive pictures, chocolates, or in our case little Lego toys that will make a lovely Christmas scene when finished. With only seven more sleeps...
  • Blog Post: A Reflection on 2014

    As expected, 2014 got off to a good start at Tollie with the number of red kites coming in to feed reaching double figures, along with the usual mob of buzzards, crows and gulls. As spring developed, we started to see bonding activities as the resident kites at Tollie started to reaffirm their pair bonds...
  • Blog Post: Winter has arrived on the Dee...

    Winter has arrived, with the first snow flurries falling at the reserve and snow on the Welsh hills visible from the reception hide. Recent sightings on the reserve have included two ring tail hen harriers , brilliant to have these stunning birds back for the winter months on the estuary, two marsh...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 1st-7th December 2014

    Hi, Finally catching a glimpse of an Ynys-hir otter has to my personal highlight on the reserve this week. The otter, viewed from both the Domen Las and Marian Mawr Hides, was busy foraging on the estuary and successfully caught atleast one big flat fish whilst I was watching, excellent stuff! ...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 05.12.2014

    The Starlings have yet again dominated the headlines here this week with the main bulk of the roost dropping into the Waltons section of the reserve. It is likely that the cold weather will swell the numbers further as birds arrive from the north & east of the continent. The rail path or the Tor...
  • Blog Post: Nothing 'otter than an otter

    From frolicking otter cubs to bold bitterns , Leighton Moss has some truly stunning wildlife views to offer at the moment. One of our resident female otters has had two cubs this year. They are keen to play all day, often right in front of the hides. This unusually bold behaviour offers both fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings from RSPB Ham Wall - 28.11.2014

    The main talking point this week has been - not surprisingly - the Starlings. Numbers are beginning to swell and the latest "guesstimates" seem to be in the region of as many as 750,000. There has been a smaller roost on Shapwick Heath but the main bulk of the birds seems to be at Ham Wall...
  • Blog Post: The Dee’s the place to be

    I was only a kid, ten or eleven I think, but I can still picture it now – my first ever hen harrier. My mum used to take me there on Sunday afternoons hoping to catch a glimpse of a bird I’d dreamt about seeing in real life after drooling over the plates of it in my Mitchell Beazley bird...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 9th-15th November 2014

    Hi, We’ve just had another fantastic week on the reserve with the key sightings being a fine drake Green-winged Teal (Ynys Feurig Hide, daily since its discovery on the 11 th ), two Otter (Domen Las Hide,10 th ) and a big bull Grey Seal (Domen Las Hide, 12 th ). This Green-winged Teal...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 2nd-8th November 2014

    Hi, The spectacle of thousands of wetland birds feeding and roosting on the Breakwater field over high tide has to be one of the main highlights over the past week. With the high tides being over five metres most of the saltmarsh was inundated with seawater pushing the estuary birds over the railway...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 25th October- 1st November 2014

    Hi, The Dyfi Estuary plays host to the only regular wintering flock of Greenland White-Fronted Geese in the whole of Wales and England, therefore news of our first returning birds, ten on the 28 th October, was a real highlight on the reserve this week. The geese were sighted regularly throughout...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.10.2014

    A week similar to the last at Ham Wall this week. It still feels as though we are in a bit of an autumn lull before the bulk of wintering birds arrive. There's plenty to get excited about though, as we are privileged enough to have a fine selection of resident birds here in the Avalon Marshes to...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 4th-10th October 2014

    Hi, A combination of sporadic heavy showers, strong gusts and the month’s highest tides always had the potential to spice things up on the reserve. They certainly did when 3x juvenile Arctic Terns were spotted from the Breakwater Hide (6 th ). The reserve also played host to some late passage...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.10.2014

    Things are most definitely changing on the reserve now - the leaves are turning brown (as is the reed), the wind has picked up and with colder nights and bouts of rain, autumn has arrived. Wildlife is responding to this too, with small parties of Swallows have passing through each day and even 1 or 2...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 27th September- 3rd October 2014

    Hi, Flowering ivy and the plethora of insects it attracted was a real highlight on the reserve for me this week. One particular ivy covered tree next to the picnic benches in the carpark was a hive of activity with a quick glance on the 3 rd October producing 9x Red Admiral , 2x Comma butterflies...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 26.09.201

    It's been another busy week on the reserve with the car park construction in full swing, the building of an otter holt undertaken (pictures on our Facebook page) and plenty of habitat management underway. The parking areas are expected to be completed in around 4 weeks time before Western Power install...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 13th-19th September 2014

    Hi, The run of fantastic weather continued for yet another week, however winter wildfowl continued to filter onto the reserve with Wigeon peaking at 249 (Domen Las Hide, 14th) and Pintail 22 (Domen Las Hide, 17 th ). Teal are now frequent on most of the reserve’s water bodies including birds...
  • Blog Post: Duck in trouble

    Peregrine activity is on the up now and both pylon adults taking on wildfowl on the marsh. I caught this pair in action the other day as they tried to finish of a downed Teal out on the Target Pools.... the poor duck kept diving in the shallow water to escape the persistent dive bombing from the chunky...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 6th-12th September 2014

    Hi, Highlight of the week had to be the high tides and the thousands of birds which followed the sea water towards the Breakwater, Saltings and Domen Las Hides. The big high tides also coincide with the monthly WeBS Counts on the reserve, in which every individual wetland bird is recorded, providing...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.09.2014

    The lovely "Autumn" weather has continued this week - great wildlife watching weather at a great time of year. There's a huge variety of wildlife on offer and plenty of birds "on the move". The Osprey looks to have finally left the area late last week. Despite spending most of...
  • Blog Post: Ynys-hir Recent Sightings 1st-5th September 2014

    Hello, As this is my first blog for Ynys-hir I thought it would probably be best to begin by introducing myself. My name is Adam and I’m one of two conservation interns who have recently migrated down from the uplands of RSPB Lake Vyrnwy . Over the next six months I’m hoping to write regular...
  • Blog Post: Raptor Weekend Sat 6th & Sun 7th September

    Next weekend is Raptor Weekend here at Arne! We will be having viewpoints manned by volunteers and staff in the most likely spots for seeing birds of prey. Its fun for all the family as we will also have a trail for children to follow with prizes if they get all of the answers! Over the last couple...
  • Blog Post: Lake Vyrnwy Recent Sightings 10th-23rd August 2014

    Hi, A day foraging Otter below the dam was one of headline sightings from this period. The other was of three Redshank at the top end of the lake (Lakeside Hide, 23rd), the birds adding a bit of spice to Lake Vyrnwy’s autumn wader passage which up to then had consisted of two Oystercatchers...