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  • Blog Post: May 28th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Curlew sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh early morning only Summer plumage curlew sandpipers by Tony Gray Red crested pochard - 7 on Patsy's reedbed Spotted redshank - 1 on saltmarsh Ruff - 1 on fresh marsh. Only the 2nd record this May! Little gull - 11 on fresh marsh Immature...
  • Blog Post: May WeBS....

    I managed a late WeBS count at Beckingham yesterday morning as I was surveying our lapwing population. It's always nice at this time of year to get out and see the first broods of young in the scrapes and ditches around the reserve. Here are yesterday's results.... 19 mallard 5 shoveler...
  • Blog Post: May WeBS....

    I managed a very late WeBS count on Tuesday afternoon and after my week away, took the opportunity to go around and have a look at what birds were on site. There is still the possibility of the odd migrant around at this time of year, in addition to the first young on site. Here are Tuesday's results...
  • Blog Post: First one out...

    Tom has just radioed through to say that the first baby Kingfisher is now out of the nest and sitting out front with his Dad (not Tom's!).... I am sure that more will follow and that Tom has some shots already. Please remember that the bird's welfare comes first so if you are coming to visit...
  • Blog Post: "Gropper" - Sightings, 27 May.

    Hi Folks! It was a beautiful day in the Dearne Valley with some great wildlife sightings to report but, before I do, let me share with you the sightings from the M40 near Oxford. Here was red kite, red kite, red kite, crow, red kite, red kite, pair of red kites – erm, another red kite… You...
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  • Blog Post: Wed 27th May 2015 - Todays highlights

    Little owl - in tree by barn Hobby - Flew over Burton Point Green woodpecker - Burton Point Garganey - 2 on scrape Little ringed plover - 1 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide
  • Blog Post: Lapwing latest....

    I've been away on holiday in Scotland for a week, so was anxious to get back to Beckingham this morning for a good look around site, especially to check up on the progress of the lapwings . And i wasn't disappointed! The predator fence still seems to be pulling it's weight, with some now...
  • Blog Post: What a difference a week makes....

    I've been away on holiday in Scotland for a week and came back to a multitude of new species out for the year on my walk around site yesterday. It's always surprising when you come back after a break at this time of year - the most noticeable thing is the height of the new reed growth, it looks...
  • Blog Post: "Loving Minsmere today. The wildlife is amazing"

    On a busy Bank Holiday Monday, the day the BBC Springwatch cameras went live, it was great to hear comments like that in the title of this blog, time and time again from our visitors. We had worked hard to ensure that we were ready for an influx of visitors, and despite records numbers coming to the...
  • Blog Post: May 27th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Avocet - 100 on lagoons Little gull - 11 on fresh marsh Black tailed godwit - 118 on fresh marsh this morning Curlew sandpiper - 2 suller plumage birds on fresh marsh this afternoon Red crested pochard - 11 on Patsy's reedbed Short eared owl - 1 over grazing meadow this afternoon
  • Blog Post: Smartphone challenge

    Inspired by Springwatch, volunteer Gary sets himself a challenge... "Borrowing Chris Packhams idea from Springwatch, I set myself a challenge today to see if I could do any better than their current efforts. Well the first thing to say is that it is not easy being restricted to a non-zoom lens...
  • Blog Post: Swallowtails enjoying the warm sunshine

    When the sun shines these rare gems fly! Unfortunately the weather has not been overly kind so far, however they are being seen with increasing frequency each sunny day. Today I have seen two from Fen Hide and the individual pictured above taking advantage of our nectar garden by the reception...
  • Blog Post: Tue 26th May 2015 - Todays highlights

    Garganey - 2 on scrape Dunlin - 1 on scrape Little ringed plover - 2 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Common tern - 1 on scrape Hobby - 1 flew over Ringed plover - 3 on scrape Redshank - 1 in front of Marsh Covert hide Wigeon - 2 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide
  • Blog Post: Glyphipterix! - Sightings, 26 May.

    Hi Folks! A quick blog tonight as, despite the glorious weather today, I was one of the unlucky people who didn’t get out in the countryside. ‘Shame!’ I hear you cry and you’d be quite right. Oh well, tomorrow for sure. So, starting in Old Moor’s Bird Garden , there were...
  • Blog Post: Why are A’s like flowers.....?

    ......because bees come after them! Sorry folks, I couldn’t resist. With plants bursting into flower all over the reserve, many of the accompanying insects are starting to be seen here at Leighton Moss. I saw my first bumblebee of the year the other day, nestled in our sensory garden. If you take...
  • Blog Post: Cracking times at Arne

    Hello everybody! Hopefully you’ve all been enjoying the glorious weather and extended weekend. Once again the prolonged sunshine has been bringing the visitors in their droves to Arne, all intent on sampling the fantastic scenery and nature that Arne has to offer. One of the more recent highlights...
  • Blog Post: Breeding season at full bore

    Despite there still been a 'kald' NW wind chilling the marshland air the breeding birds on the reserve are still hatching and rearing young wherever you look and with a bit of sunshine this morning I was a bit taken aback with the number of coot chicks, mallard ducklings and this fine fleet of...
  • Blog Post: 26 May recent sightings: Barking mad!

    Good morning! As you can probably imagine, having Suffolk’s first little bittern since 1979 on the reserve has meant that we have been really rather busy recently! However, there has been plenty of other things going on as these great images show: Dawn over the washland on Friday: A pair...
  • Blog Post: Strange goings on

    This week there has been a few odd goings on. They have not been particularly rare occurrences but unusually for one reason or another. Probably the strangest find was an unusual singing Willow Warbler along the Yellow Trail. Generally it was singing like a typical Willow Warbler , but occasionally it...
  • Blog Post: Stop and smell the (dog) roses - Sightings, 25 May.

    Hi Folks! Before I wax lyrical (or something like that!) on another marvellous day of wildlife watching in the Dearne, first an apology. Yesterday, the fantastic Jenny from the visitor centre asked me if I would remind all you lovely people about the 20% discount on 12.75kg sacks of bird food that we...
  • Blog Post: Monday 25th May 2015 - todays highlights

    Little stint - 1 on scrape Common tern - 1 on scrape Raven - 2 flew over Little ringed plover - 2 on scrape Wigeon - 3 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Redshank - 1 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Green woodpecker - 1 on Burton Point Marsh harrier - 1 hunting over reedbed Garganey...
  • Blog Post: After dark!

    One of the newest members of our Pulborough Brooks team, Margot, describes her experience on Saturday evening's 'After Dark!' event: Attending the Saturday “After Dark” event was a marvellous experience. To start the evening Anna had caught over 30 different moths and identified...
  • Blog Post: A day full of wildlife questions

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for this great account of his visit on Friday At the end of the day a visitor asked me if I’d seen any rarities to which my reply was that it depends what you mean by a rarity. What we tend to have at Pulborough Brooks are uncommon birds occasionally turning up, but...
  • Blog Post: Little bittern pictures

    Good morning. A more extensive recent sightings blog post will follow tomorrow but in the meantime, here are some pictures of the little bittern . Thank you very much to Jon Winnan for sharing them with us: Image credits: Jon Winnan It has been heard barking regularly but is only...