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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: 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: 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: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 21.03.2014

    Things are moving on at a pace on the reserve with the arrival of c200 House Martins today, giving great views over Walton Heath. Some Sand Martins have also been seen but not in the same numbers, just small pockets of between 7 & 12 birds but a sure sign of good things to come. Skylarks have also...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.01.2014

    I've been lucky enough to have been on annual leave this week until today. This of course makes it hard to gather information to pass on in the blog but thanks to John Crispin and Ray Summers and 30 mins out on site myself, I think I've gathered sufficient data, so here goes! Volunteers undertook...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 15.11.2013

    It's been a lovely week out on the reserve this week, with lovely cold, crisp mornings trurning into bright clear days. It's times like this I realise just how lucky I am to work in such a fantastic place. Despite the odd frost, we are still seing a few Butterflies and Dragonflies frerquenting...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 08.11.2013

    A mix week on the reserve this week, weather wise. Warm Clear days followed by rain and winds and now thunder & lightning as I write this. There is a real sense now that winter is not too far away. Our winter visitors are much more in evidence, including the Starlings which have swelled from just...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 01.11.2013

    At first glance the reserve can seem pretty quiet during the month of October. It could be that we are quite spoilt with the range of wildlife we have and can start to overlook how wonderful it is to have Bitterns and Great White Egrets on our doorstep permanently. There's nothing wrong with looking...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 18.10.2013

    Seasonal changes are still very much in evidence on the reserve as the wildlife alters its behaviour in response to the changing weather and daylight patterns. Grass Snakes have disappeared from the reptile area we have created out on site (just a Wood Mouse seen here this week) , the reedbeds are much...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 13.01.12

    It's been another mild week and many people are reporting 'mini dawn choruses' on their local patches and on the reserve. Robins & blackbirds are particularly vocal in the mornings but Dunnock, Wren, Great Tit and Blue Tit are all joining in. Song Thrush has been heard on the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 11.01.2013

    Still a very wet Ham Wall at the moment making some of our duties a little more tricky than normal. We are still managing to run our somewhat sticky guided walks albeit with a slightly diverted route but there's still plenty to be picked up across the reserve. The Marsh Harriers in particular...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 06.07.2012

    Although not so heavy the rain has continued this week and we have had to close Loxtons Trail for the moment as it has flooded in two areas. There has been a fair amount of activity on the reserve though this week. Bitterns continue to make flights with the 1st platform still a good vantage point...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 29.03.2013

    A very cold week on the reserve this week but spring is just around the corner. A number of Sand Martins have been seen on a daily basis. You got to feel for them though - they must be wondering what the hell they are doing here at the moment. As many as 20 have been seen daily from several locations...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 22.06.2012

    It's been a mixed week weather-wise on the reserve this week but the heavy rain still continues to cause problems for our breeding birds. Last weekend however, saw some interesting sightings with Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Stonechat, Marsh Harrier, Great White Egret & Bittern all seen. The highlight...
  • Blog Post: Booming Marvellous

    The Starlings seem to very happy at the far end of Shapwick Heath as they have now settled for their 2nd week. The numbers of birds are still huge and crowds of people who have been coming down to enjoy the spectacle have not been disappointed with their fantastic displays. In fact this week the displays...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 24.05.2013

    We've experienced a range of weather this week on the reserve with cold winds, calm sunny spells, rain & hail. It's confusing for us so imagine how it is for the resident wildlife, nest building, incubating eggs or rearing young. It's been an interesting week again though with the...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 05.10.12

    Work has now finished in front of the first viewing platform and we have been gradually raising water levels in here over the past week to suppress any re-growth on the islands. Happily, the by product of this is splashy islands being enjoyed by a host of ducks and waders. It's a pleasing site at...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 25.05.2012

    What a scorcher of a week and probably a welcome relief for some of the birds and indeed visitors on the reserve. The hot weather has brought the visitors out in force, of course coupled with the news that the Great White Egrets are nesting at neighbouring Shapwick Heath. The Egrets can be seen daily...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 10.05.2013

    The amazing weather of last week continued into the early part of this week and with it the interesting sightings continued to flow. The weekend saw a huge influx of Swifts over the Avalon Marshes, with 1000's seen and there were several hundred flying over the reserve today as well along with...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 08.03.2013

    Spring hasn't exactly sprung on Ham Wall but it's certainly stirring from its winter slumber. There's been plenty of bird song of all kinds on the reserve this week including: Great Tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Robin and Wren amongst others. Song Thrush too has been...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 22.02.13

    Firstly, apologies for the lack of recent sightings blogs for the last 2 Friday's. I was on annual leave last week and the week before I had to stay home and nurse my 2 daughters through chicken pox - mildly bird related I guess but I'm back now and ready to blog away. With all the stories of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Ham Wall 02.12.11

    It was a very icy Ham Wall this morning but an early trip out to the reserve this morning proved quite fruitful. A female Hen Harrier was perched in willows around the Waltons section for some time and offered good views. A Song Thrush was singing merrily along the old railway line and on the northern...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 03.05.2013

    Another great week nearly over, with once again plenty to report. The wonderful weather and the amazing variety of birds on show at Ham Wall & Shapwick Heath has proved to be a big draw for visitors and we have been very busy all week. The new car park for Ham Wall (work should begin in August) can't...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 17.02.2012

    The slightly milder weather this week has thawed out the reserve and so birds have been able to move around a little more freely. Most noticeably there has been an increase in Bittern activity this week. There have been several sightings in front of the first viewing platform and within Waltons. 4 different...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 12.04.2013

    Firstly, please accept my apologies for the missing blog last Friday, I was away from work for the whole week, so this week we have a bit of catching up to do. Overview of last week (30th Mar-5th April) Sand Martins and Swallows continued to arrive on the reserve and were greeted by some quite...