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  • Blog Post: New roadside sign puts Campfield on the map - 6th March 2015

    Passing the Reserve entrance this lunchtime, we came across Stephen with his tractor and cart, digging two large post holes on the verge opposite the Lonning. We thought, “this looks promising!” Carrying on our way to Kirkbride via the estuary - it was now high tide (12.36pm with a 9.1m...
  • Blog Post: Down in One - Sightings, 6 Mar.

    Hi Folks! May I just take a moment to say ‘Pah!’ to the Met Office. I know, how ungrateful of me but then, I nearly didn’t turn out today given the weather forecast was so ‘grey’ for the Dearne Valley but I am so glad I did. Not only did the sun shine but it was warm too...
  • Blog Post: Coot Killer!

    The other day I got a call in the office from a chap who had been in Singleton hide who had seen a marsh harrier dive into the water and kill a coot, it dragged it to the bank and ate it somewhere just out of view. A great experience for all the people sat in the hide and something which the big female...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 6 March

    Another week of weather contrasts, we have had pleasant sunshine, cloud, lots of wind and a morning of rain, however the weekend is rumoured to be sunny and double figures which could make lots of birds and insects very busy. Strumpshaw Fen has seen the return of the black-headed gulls this week...
  • Blog Post: Sightings from the Reserve - 4th March

    Thanks John Howard for the following observation after visiting the Reserve mid afternoon:- " I met a man who said he had just seen a Yellowhammer but it didn't show itself for me. I then went and spent a couple of hours in the hide and while there were plenty of ducks in view, I didn't...
  • Blog Post: The day of no sightings!

    Hello, well not really but I'm afraid I don't have the sightings from the book today as I didn't get back from work in time to ring up, so, what to do? 1) ...no blog... 2) ..a 'sort of' blog.... I went for the 2nd one so if you visited today then we'd love to know what...
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  • Blog Post: Dave's 'Birdy Bit' for March 2015

    Following the opening of the visitor centre at Campfield last year, the new pathways and ‘Family Discovery Zone’ opened at the end of March to encourage more people including families with children to get out and enjoy nature on the reserve. Adjacent to the car park is a new accessible...
  • Blog Post: Double Figures - Sightings - 4 Mar.

    Hi Folks! Crikey, it’s Wednesday already. Today was pretty sunny in the Dearne but that chill wind was still there giving the lie to a thermometer that – wait for it – touched double figures! Not quite t-shirt and shorts yet but maybe this weekend eh? Thanks to Craig for sending...
  • Blog Post: Brief encounters of a teal kind

    Despite snowy showers and rather chilly temperatures many visitors have braved the elements and have been well rewarded with great views are some rather unusual visitors... If you have read some of our previous blogs you will know that there were up to three tundra bean geese around last month. Another...
  • Blog Post: Escape from Coaltitz

    Despite a cool breeze over the last few days there has been the first signs of a bit of spring and the return of a few more of our summer visitors. What was more of a surprise though this morning as I was leaving site was a coal tit that was on top of the hedge near to the tree spuggie feeders. Coal...
  • Blog Post: An Avocet Arrival

    An Avocet Arrival Our Bring on Spring board seems to have worked! Yay! Our winter tree has transformed into a spring tree thanks to our young visitors’ effort and enthusiasm towards nature over half term and beyond. The tree is now covered in leaves with messages of support for nature and nature...
  • Blog Post: The Sightings Today - 3rd March

    Hello, it's my turn today and the sightings are from the book. I'll start with Wombwell Ings where there were sightings of 2 oystercatcher, 2 shelduck, a kingfisher, golden plover and a little egret. Next it's the sightings from the Wader Scrape where 2 oystercatcher and 19 goosander...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating World Wildlife Day

    Today, 3 March is the UN World Wildlife Day. In celebration, I thought I'd share a pictorial overview of some of Minsmere's amazing wildlife. Let's start with otters . Late winter and early spring is always the best time to see these popular mammals, and they put on a particularly impressive...
  • Blog Post: 3 March recent sightings: A right old song and dance

    Good morning. We have had another great couple of days here. I will begin though with a picture I have not shared yet: A roe deer grazing alongside the entrance track: Image credit: Matt Walton Roy and Emma spent most of the day out on the reserve on Saturday. They saw two great white egrets...
  • Blog Post: Thames Porpoise Survey 7th March 2015

    We have been working with the Marine Conservation Partnership to help them with a survey of the whole Thames for the humble little Harbour Porpoise. We have seen an increase in sightings here over the last few years so with any luck we might find them feeding on our stretch of the river on Saturday....
  • Blog Post: A murmuration over the reedbed

    "In like a Lion," says the old proverb about March, and with chilly winds and snow today, there's still something fierce about the winter. But the promise of milder weather is on the horizon, so it may yet go "out like a lamb". So many of our traditional sayings, in both Welsh...
  • Blog Post: Four seasons in one day - Sightings, 2 Mar.

    Hi Folks! Now normally I try to sum up the weather in the Dearne Valley in a line or two at the start of my blog but I have the feeling that I’d need several paragraphs today! Let’s just say it was “changeable” this morning and move on. Mind, this afternoon, well, the sun did...
  • Blog Post: March volunteer Sunday....

    Volunteer Sunday was upon us once again yesterday - March already! It was a glorious, if very blustery morning, but 9 people arrived for a spot of hedge planting and reed panicle collection. The hedge on the north western boundary of the site was beginning to take shape and 50m were left to plant...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 02.03.2015

    Apologies for the slightly delayed blog this week, I'm afraid I was unable to attend work on Friday so it's been pushed onto today! All the photos this week come from the Waltons area of the reserve, where there seems to have been plenty of action this past week. Following on from last weeks...
  • Blog Post: Barnacles at Herd Hill , Cardurnock (NY 177 603) - 24th February

    A strong NW wind had been blowing with intermittent hail showers and sunny spells. The high tides of late were falling back a little, but still at 9.1m. Travelling along the coast road from Kirkbride towards Anthorn we were on the lookout for Goose and Swan activity in the area. As we approached Cardurnock...
  • Blog Post: March at last! - Sightings, 1 Mar.

    Hi folks! Welcome to the first sightings blog of March. I know that to scientific folk we have to wait twenty more days for the vernal equinox but to us gardeners the first of March is officially ‘spring’! The winter months have finally passed and now we can look forward to warmer, brighter...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 01/03/2015

    Sightings this week include the usual mixture of blackbird, coal tit, great tit, blue tit, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, dunnock, yellowhammer, tree sparrow, house sparrow and pheasant on or around the feeders at the Visitor centre. There has also been plenty of yellowhammer, tits and finches in...
  • Blog Post: This week's wildlife....

    It's that time of year again, when I start doing dawn vigils on site listening and looking for bittern activity and preparing for the coming season's Breeding Bird Survey . Despite the early starts, I love nothing more than getting out on site as the sky gets lighter, birds start singing and...
  • Blog Post: Return of the avocet

    Our first avocet has arrived at the reserve, a good sign that Spring is on its way. The high tides last week were as spectacular as usual on the Dee Estuary with the 10m tides reaching the wall at Parkgate. The views of the 5 short-eared owls hunting were a highlight along with the 2 ringtail...