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  • Blog Post: Mersehead Bioblitz 2016

    On the 18th and 19th June we embarked on a weekend long Bioblitz. A bioblitz is when people including experts and local people gather together and record as many flora and funa within a designated area and time. We were very lucky that the Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources Centre joined us...
  • Blog Post: 'What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours.......

    brought the sun and the flowers where there used to be rain'. If only that were the case. Where the leave vote leaves the future of our nature is anyones' guess, only time will tell. On the positive side the sun did shine today and so the insects and butterflies took advantage. I saw in...
  • Blog Post: Poster: Midsummer - WE 24th June 2016

  • Blog Post: Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 18 - 24 June 2016

    Howdy folks! This is your weekly round-up ofd the recent sightings at Frampton marsh (and sometimes Freiston Shore) with me, Chris the visitor guy. So, what do we have for you? Alas, no great knot. This rare American wader is sunning itself over across the other side of the Wash at Titchwell. Someone...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 24th June

    Hello! Thanks go to Andrew for sending the sightings my way this eve. I'll start with Twitter this eve. From the Barnsley Birders (@Barnsleybsg) we have sightings of - the little bittern, great bittern, a marsh harrier which later became 2 marsh harriers at Bolton, 2 little egrets and 2 wigeon...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness news 24th June 2016

    Work has been undertaken at Lade Pits this week, cutting back the bramble to create clearer pathways for our visitors. We are taking a much more active approach to the management of the site to enhance the reserve for visitors and wildlife. We ask you kindly not to fish, boat or swim at the lakes in...
  • Blog Post: June 24th 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Great knot - adult still present but mobile for much of the day Spotted redshank - 1 on fresh marsh Ruff - 2 on fresh marsh Little gull - 2 on fresh marsh Dunlin - 6 on fresh marsh Med gull - 7 on fresh marsh Green sandpiper - 1 on Patsy's reedbed Red crested pochard - 2 on fresh...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 24 June 2016

    A warm week with a wet start and a humid end, very heavy rain on Thursday night left much surface water on the trails and roads. A week with all the expected summer species seen including a late(ish) cuckoo on Tuesday, two bitterns in flight together on Friday, marsh harriers feeding young and...
  • Blog Post: Marsh Harrier Juveniles Fledged at Radipole Lake

    Good news from Radipole! For the 8th year running our resident Marsh Harriers have successfully nested, and the three youngsters were seen in flight yesterday with mum and dad in attendance. So you could potentially see 5 of these magnificent birds of prey, right here in the centre of Weymouth. ...
  • Blog Post: Friday update, young bearded tits start to emerge out of reedbed

    Its hot and humid and it seems like that its pretty good weather for the birds to raise their young in, lots of fledglings are around site and there are currently many pairs of warblers, bearded tits , and our resident species all busy quietly getting on with the business of feeding their chicks. ...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 24.06.2016

    Once again a very active and interesting week on the reserve. You may have read articles this week on social media regarding some of our extra special birds we have on site at the moment. Great White Egrets were the main feature giving news of probable number of nests and about the ringing of some of...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: Midsummer sightings

    With summer arriving in full bloom, we’ve had another great week of recent sightings at Fairburn. From snipe to redshank, sandpiper to goosander, the wildlife at Fairburn has been in full bloom. Green sandpiper, Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com) There have been both common sandpiper and...
  • Blog Post: The little things that run the world

    This is National Insect Week , so we thought we'd show you one of the littler things than run the nature reserve. It's a figwort weevil , and it is one of several invertebrates photographed on the reserve recently by Mal Delamare, and shared on our Flickr page . Close-up photographs shared here...
  • Blog Post: Floods and hatchings

    Hi All A couple of updates for you today. Firstly the kingfishers have hatched their second brood, hurrah! The adults have been seen taking fish in to the nest bank today a sure sign that the eggs have hatched. Currently the fish being taken in are very small, but it will not be long before the...
  • Blog Post: Juicy insects

    Good weather in June means juicy new insects about. Black-tailed Skimmers have emerged from the Main Lake and are sunning themselves on the paths. When Dragonflies first emerge, they are pale and weak and need about 3 weeks of nice weather and munchy food to mature. In this state they are called ‘teneral’...
  • Blog Post: And there were six..... Sightings 23rd June

    Hello again, my title refers to the fact that there are only six sightings in the book today. Good stuff though! The little bittern was barking from around the wildlife ponds this morning at 10.15am. Chris Harris has just tweeted that he’s just had stunning views of the little bittern in the...
  • Blog Post: June 23rd 2016 - Today at Titchwell

    Great knot - back on the beach from early afternoon but didn't come onto the fresh marsh today Avocet - 286 on fresh marsh this morning Med gull - 13 on fresh marsh this morning Ruff - 1 on fresh marsh Little gull - 2 1st summer on fresh marsh Spoonbill - 5 west early afternoon then...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Little Gull been reported nesting at Loch of Strathbeg

    Thanks Ian! We are very excited and hope they can stay safe until they fledge. We have a 24-hour watch on them just in case but they'll hatch shortly and then fingers crossed. Many of their common tern neighbours already have chicks and we are very happy about that too as four years ago we had no...
  • Forum Thread: Little Gull been reported nesting at Loch of Strathbeg

    A very rare bird in the UK has been reported nesting at the Loch of Strathbeg in a news article on the RSPB website and that is the Little Gull and that is the worlds smallest Gull. I hope the pair of Little Gulls are successful in having young and fledging successfully.
  • Forum Reply: RE: 2016 Year List

    141. Arctic tern (19 Jun) 142. white-winged black tern (22 Jun)
  • Blog Post: Marvelous moths!

    This month saw National Moth Night and we were keen to join in. We set our trap on the Friday night, and on Saturday morning a small but eager crowd gathered in anticipation. We were not disappointed with approx one hundred different species being caught! Here are just a few from that haul... ...
  • Blog Post: Magnificent moths and more

    From June 20-26 it’s national insect week! This happens every two years and encourages us to learn more about insects and to get involved. So recently I’ve been swotting (not swatting!) up on my insects. Insects are animals and there about 1 million different kinds of insect. Though this...
  • Blog Post: Hobby - Sightings, 22 June

    Hi Folks! Apparently it was quite a nice one out there in the Dearne Valley today with some pretty bright and warm periods. Sadly, this didn’t entice the little bittern to show himself at Old Moor despite a determined number of watchers scouring the reedbeds for some sign of his whereabouts. ...
  • Blog Post: what comes out after dark...

    Summer evenings at Leighton Moss are a magical time, after the visitor centre closes at 5 pm the pace on the reserve slows down and you can really enjoy this special place at its most peaceful. It’s also when you might see some of our nocturnal residents; a colony of soprano pipistrelle bats. ...
  • Blog Post: A 'tern' up for the books

    I hear your groans, but I couldn’t possibly write this blog without using that awful pun. Without question, the star bird of the past week was the single white-winged tern, a rarer relative of the vagrant black terns of which there were multiple sightings in the North West this spring, including...