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  • Blog Post: Campfield Workparty Summer BBQ - 25th June

    Although a dullish morning to start off with, the workparty soon got down to a number of tasks before the event: hedge trimming, planting round the muddy margins of the pond and ragwort pulling. In the meantime, Dave and Stephen were getting the barbeque fired up in the Discovery field. Soon the smell...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern!

    Hello, what a lovely day it's been today and I'm sure that all of you who were lucky enough to get to OM today will have had a wonderful time in the sunshine. T he MASSIVE news today is that a little bittern has been seen once in flight in an area with no public access. There is special monitored...
  • Blog Post: June 30th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Spoonbill - 8 on fresh marsh Red crested pochard - 5 on Patsy's reedbed Turtle dove - 1 along East Trail this morning Bittern - 1 over reedbed Little gull - 3 on fresh marsh Spotted redshank - 6 on fresh marsh Little ringed plover - 4 on fresh marsh Ruff - 12 on fresh marsh ...
  • Blog Post: Sightings hotting up as heatwave hits

    Today has probably been the best day of the summer so far with unbroken clear blue skies and a gentle cooling breeze making a walk around Minsmere's nature trails very pleasant - and much less oppressive than further inland. It was less comfortable in some of the hides, as they quickly heat up like...
  • Blog Post: The Wednesday Walk - 1 July 2015

    Hi everyone, I'm afraid to say that due to guide walk leader illness we might have to cancel tomorrow's Wednesday Walk. We are trying to find a replacement guide... Apologies in advance!
  • Blog Post: A Mediterranean summer sizzles hotter and hotter

    Phew its certainly getting warmer and warmer at the moment and its going to be an interesting afternoon as the farrier and vet attempt to trim the lads (konik ponies) hooves this afternoon . With all the horse flies about they are not in the best of temperaments, mind you neither am I when you're...
  • Blog Post: Chick flick

    At the Mull of Galloway we are looking forward to the arrival of our kittiwake chicks over the next few days, many of which will be viewable on the screens in the visitor centre thanks to our remote cameras on the cliffs. Kittiwake with chick - Photo credit: Ed Marshall (rspb-images.com) Kittiwakes...
  • Blog Post: Ice Cream and Sightings, 29 June.

    Hi Folks! With the forecast heatwave building nicely and some very welcome sunshine, there was a languid atmosphere today at Old Moor. Rather than bustle from hide to hide, visitors stopped to chat and the main topic was this ‘beautiful day’. Bird song mingled with the distant chimes of ice...
  • Blog Post: What happens at Mersehead at 5am

    Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of an early morning. So at 5 to 6 in the morning - an hour late - I fell out of bed, donned my beloved bobble hat and peddled up the road to the Media hide to join in this week’s Bird Ringing survey. ( Robin, Photo Credit Jennifer McDougall )...
  • Blog Post: Saving Europe's birds and other spectacular wildlife

    You will off course from reading my many previous blogs all know by now about Blacktoft's teams efforts to try and help save a whole host of wetland birds along the whole Humber and beyond! This includes our current endangered star attraction the breeding pair of Montagu's harrier, but with...
  • Blog Post: Montagu's simply stunning

    The last few say days have yet again seen some excellent birding on site especially the Montagu's pair which have just been putting on an incredible show as they rev up to feed their growing brood of young. The female during the day is at times patrolling and hunting for long periods of time, even...
  • Blog Post: 29 June recent sightings: A bug's life

    Good morning! The recent warm weather has encouraged plenty of funky looking insects to get out exploring the reserve. Thank you very much to Simon Jeffs for sharing the below pictures that he took here and at Weeting Heath NWT reserve . Most of these species can be found at both reserves, just in case...
  • Blog Post: Moths and Egrets

    An exciting week last week with a Great White Egret at Loch Gruinart hide on Wednesday. The magnificent bird stayed for the whole afternoon - much to the annoyance of all the taunting lapwings!! There were also reports of beeaters at Port Charlotte on the same day so must have a good wind to bring...
  • Blog Post: Langford this week....

    It's been great in the last couple of weeks or so to see the first juvenile birds around the site, after such a slow start to the spring I certainly think it's rather late to be seeing the first young of some species. So far the list includes robin , song thrush , blackcap , blue , great , long...
  • Blog Post: Bugs and Roses - Sightings, 28 June.

    Hi Folks! Well, it turned out warm and sunny in the end just as predicted by those nice people at the Met Office. As I left Old Moor this afternoon, the car park was just filling nicely and it was heartening to see so many people enjoying the sights. Starting at Adwick Washland , today there were...
  • Blog Post: Friday 26th June 2015 - Todays highlights

    Greenshank - 1 on scrape Spotted redshank - 2 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Cuckoo - flying around Marsh Covert Common tern - 2 on scrape Hobby - flying over Teal with 9 ducklings Also seen on reserve - Bee orchids - 148 spikes on path to barn and 50+ in front of bunker hide...
  • Blog Post: A mid-summer walk, 23rd June

    It had dawned a bright sunny day – perfect for a walk around the Red Route. So starting out through the Discovery field which Stephen had recently mown a wide track through. We were amazed at the number of different flowers now coming up in the Wildflower Meadow. Bumblebees and butterflies were...
  • Blog Post: Sat 27th June 2015 - Todays highlights

    Common lizard by Helen B Green woodpecker - 2 in car park Cuckoo - 1 on fence Spotted redshank - 2 on scrape Greenshank - 2 on scrape Common tern - 2 fishing over pools Black-tailed godwit - 100+ on scrape Also seen on reserve - Common lizard - sunbathing on fence Speckled...
  • Blog Post: Great Day!

    Hello again, I've had a lovely long visit to Old Moor today. When I arrived it was a bit chilly, when I left I needed a bit of air con in my car! I started off by going down to the reedbeds and around the ponds I soon started to see dragonflies, 4 spotted chaser and on the path towards the bittern...
  • Blog Post: Second Brown Bee Orchid found at Radipole Lake

    I went out on the reserve this afternoon to check on the progress of the first Brown Bee Orchid to make its appearance this year. Another flower was in bloom. The plant had clearly had many visitors since I first found it as the area had been trampled and some 'gardening' had taken place. I searched...
  • Blog Post: Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore recent sightings 12-25 June 2015

    Before we start I must throw out a word of caution. There will be access restrictions in Boston over the weekend that will put big diversions on for anyone coming from the south and going to Freiston, or anyone from the north going to Frampton. More details can be found here . If you have any queries...
  • Blog Post: The Sightings, 26th June

    Hello, here are the sightings from the book from today at Old Moor. On the Wader Scrape we had sightings of 6 avocet & chicks, 4 oystercatchers, lesser BB guls + chicks and a redshank. Reed warblers were seen from the reedbed hide . There's actually a pair that flit around just in front...
  • Blog Post: June 26th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Common sandpiper - 1 on Patsy's reedbed Avocet - 185 on fresh marsh Med gull - 1 east Spoonbill - 6 roosting on fresh marsh Black tailed godwit - 315 on fresh marsh Ruff - 2 on fresh marsh Wigeon - 2 on fresh marsh Little ringed plover - 1 on fresh marsh Spotted redshank ...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Roundup 26/6

    This week I carried out a Nightjar survey at Tudeley Woods, the results being 2 churring males on Pembury Heath. I had amazing views of them performing their mating displays including them wing clapping. At Decoy Pond the spotted flycatcher has been seen carrying out its typical aerial feeding forays...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Roundup 26/6

    The turtle dove continues to be seen from the Western Heath. Woodlarks , tree pipits and yellowhammers are being heard and seen across both heaths as well as 7 churring nightjars in the evening. The grey wagtail has been seen feeding on the island on Decoy pond this week and a spotted flycatcher has...