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  • Blog Post: Bank on it – Sightings, 30 May.

    Hi Folks! After a grey start, the bank holiday sunshine broke through and Spring was revealed in all its glory. The lanes of Old Moor looked especially dazzling today with so many flowers in bloom and those marsh orchids beginning to shine. It was also great to see so many people enjoying a day out...
  • Blog Post: damselflies of the deep

    Sunday morning saw the second of this year's Birdsong for Beginners walks. While 7.30 may be an early start for a bank holiday Sunday it was well worth getting out of bed for. After a sleepy start, myself alongside the incredibly knowledgeable Sue and Andy set off with a small group of 12 participants...
  • Blog Post: Woolly Bear Loose At RSPB Minsmere!

    Half term got off to a very exciting start here at Minsmere with the arrival of some very important visitors... no not the Springwatch team (although we are very pleased and excited to see the Springwatch crew here again) but the BBC Blue Peter team. A group of children came to Minsmere from Benhall...
  • Blog Post: 30 May recent sightings: Breezy Bank Holiday

    Good afternoon, as Katherine blogged some recent sightings yesterday, I will try to put a slightly different spin on today’s post. I will start off with some interesting news that we received this morning: As some of you may now, each year, we fit small numbers of our young marsh harriers with...
  • Blog Post: 'Lucky' – Sightings, 29 May.

    Hi Folks! Do ever have one of those days? You know the ones I mean. The ‘It-was-here-five-minutes-ago’ days. Or the ‘You’ve-just-missed-it’ days. Or perhaps the ‘It-was-really-busy-before-you-got-here” ones. Well, such was my luck today as I wandered the lanes...
  • Blog Post: Sunday 29 May 2016 - Today's highlights

    Spoonbills by Anthony Lovatt Marsh harrier - 1 over reed bed Hobby - 1 over Marsh Covert hide Spoonbill - 5 on scrape Avocet - 70+ chicks on scrape Ringed plover - 1 in front of reception hide Spotted flycatcher - 2 in trees in car park Cetti's warbler - 3 around the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Aliens still emerging! And other sightings.

    Well, it's the end of another busy week, with lots going on down the reserve again. The non-avian stars of the moment are still the ever-emerging dragonflies coming out of our pond bed near the visitor centre. As I type, there are another four people staring intently into the vegetation, with warden...
  • Blog Post: The ups and downs of a lapwing monitor

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his report. Phil helps us to monitor the breeding lapwings as well a being one of our regular 'hides & trails' volunteers. The lapwing is one of the iconic species of Pulborough - this beautiful bird appears on much of our signage and sometimes heads up our...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Hightlights so far this weekend! (28-29 May 2016) and a bus notice....

    Good morning everyone! How are you? So I just wanted to share some of the recent wildlife highlights! There has been lots of babies every where! Dave Cornwell got this fabulous picture of baby cettis warbler fledglings! The lapwings and redshanks have been amazing us all with aerial...
  • Blog Post: Lovely Day - Sightings 28th May

    Hello! What a lovely day it has been at Old Moor today. Plenty of sunshine, little wind and it felt warm. :) I spent the entire day at Old Moor - wandering around with the macro lens this morning and then monitoring from the monitoring hide this afternoon. On Green Lane today were at least 3 different...
  • Blog Post: Purple heron, glanville fritillary butterflies and some lovely pictures too!

    One of our volunteers known to many as ‘Stan The Man’ shared with me some of his excellent photographs today. Many he had taken on the reserve this morning. So this blog is a bit of a guest blog to share these pictures with you. Bittern Hide has been busy with sightings this morning with...
  • Blog Post: Saturday 28 May 2016 - Today's highlights

    Spoonbill by Anthony Lovatt Avocet - 70+ chicks on scrape Ringed plover - 1 on scrape Spoonbill - 3 in Marsh Covert woods Great white egret - 1 on marsh seen from Burton Point Spotted flycatcher - 2 in trees in car park Cetti's warbler - 1 by reed bed screen Reed warbler ...
  • Blog Post: Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 21 - 27 May 2016

    Howdy folks, and welcome again to the weekly roundup of what has been about at Frampton Marsh. I'm going to try to keep this quick, as it is 6 pm and I want to get home...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness weekly update 27th May 2016

    What a busy week on the reserve! It’s been gull mania here with a glaucous gull seen today on Burrowes pit by Makepeace hide and a laughing gull seen there yesterday too! Another sea bird highlight this week was the gull-billed tern, spotted over Burrowes on Sunday. Other bird highlights...
  • Blog Post: Time for chicks

    This is a tense time for wardens on nature reserves - there are lots of young birds around, and they won't all survive, so how are ours doing? The great-crested grebes still have both chicks on the Shallow Lagoon, now around half the size of the adults. The youngsters still try to hitch a ride on...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 27.05.2016

    It's a fantastic time of year on the reserve with so many opportunities to get some great wildlife sightings. There's so much to see but also so much to hear, which is all part of a great experience for visitors. Whether it's crazy Bitterns in some kind of dispute: Crazy Bitterns: John...
  • Blog Post: Friday 27 May 2016 - Today's highlights

    Whitethroat by John Hewitt Marsh harrier - 1 over reed bed Spoonbill - 4 in Marsh Covert woods Avocet - 70+ chicks on scrape Black-tailed godwit - 50+ on scrape Ringed plover - 1 on scrape Cetti's warbler - 1 by reed bed screen Spotted flycatcher - 2 in trees in car park ...
  • Blog Post: Lucky LEO and the sounds of summer

    What an absolutely fantastic week its been here on the Sands with the reserve hooching with quality birds, just of course as it should be for this time of the year! This morning the highlight for me was a lovely male cuckoo that was cuckoo-ing as it worked its way through the scrub around the hides...
  • Blog Post: Here they come

    It’s May which means as well as singing birds and woodland flowers, it’s time for Dragonflies, and in particular, the emergence of Four-spotted Chasers at the Dragonfly Ponds. But with the cold weather in April, things in the Dragonfly world are a bit late. So I was delighted on Tuesday,...
  • Blog Post: Mini beasts

    Hoverflies. Although these brightly-coloured insects look like bees or wasps, they are in fact true flies and do not sting. Hoverflies are excellent examples of one insect looking like another insect. They generally mimic bees and wasps – insects that sting and also taste unpleasant, so are...
  • Blog Post: No Laughing Matter - Sightings 26th May

    Hello, there haven't been any more sightings of the laughing gull today although there has been one in Kent today via Bird Guides. Maybe the same one, but who knows? From the book today the sightings be. In our bird garden were tree sparrows, magpies, chaffinches, bullfinches, blue tits and...
  • Blog Post: meadow in the making

    If you come down to Leighton Moss over the next couple of weeks then you will notice our new, large and rather conspicuous residents… a small herd of redpoll cattle. You will see these chestnut coloured cows munching on the grass in the field on your walk to the causeway. Our new employees...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch 2016: we're ready, are you?

    It hardly seems a year since the BBC Springwatch team rolled out of Minsmere after another exciting series, in which a 5 cm long stickleback stole the show and won people's hearts. A year on, and the BBC production village is complete, the set has been re-dressed, and the everything is gearing...
  • Blog Post: 26 May recent sightings: Creepy crawly country!

    Good morning. I will begin with some photographs that I took on Sunday morning. Common stretch-spider : Drinker moth caterpillar : Furrow orb spider : Cercopis vulnerata : I will start off where I left off on Sunday. A lucky visitor saw four bitterns flying together from Joist...
  • Blog Post: Bumper Baby Boom

    Evening all ... firstly apologies for the lack of blog posts from me of late - so much to do and not enough hours in the day... So what has been going on on the wildlife front? Well, spring is on the wane and despite the recent drop in temperature and a cool northerly wind, the marsh is moving...