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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 03.07.2015

    Well, this blog quickly follows the last one but there's plenty to write about. The best news of the week came on Wednesday when Chris Sperring MBE of the Hawk & Owl Trust came in to check our Barn Owl Boxes for us. The first 2 boxes disappointingly were being used by Grey Squirrel and the 3rd...
  • Blog Post: An evening with a long eared owl

    But first I'll start with a wader update as the first few days of the month have been excellent with 14 species already recorded for the month . Yesterday evening saw and superb 16 summer plumaged spotted redshank and 8 green sandpipers on Xerox while this morning there was 2 little ringed plover...
  • Blog Post: Sunshine and sightings

    Phew, it's hot out there! It's like being on holiday round here at the moment. Who needs the Costa del Sol when right here in Morecambe Bay we've got sun, sea, sedge warblers and slices of cake! Summer is synonymous with marsh harriers here at Leighton Moss and they're at that point...
  • Blog Post: Little Bittern Still...

    Hello! The exciting news in the sightings today is that the little bittern is still at Old Moor! It was seen several times very early this morning with fewer sightings during the day....8.15am, and 11am with no further sighting that I know of as yet today. Adam Hutt took this photo of it this morning...
  • Blog Post: Fantastic waders flood in as July begins

    I had just been thinking how slow a June it had been for waders when I went to bed one evening, when I got up on the 1st of July and had a look around the hides things had just suddenly changed overnight! Today it has been even better with a host of fantastic waders, many of which are still in summer...
  • Blog Post: Some amazing Arne pics!

    In our last blog we totally forgot to include these super pictures taken by some of our recent visitors to Arne, so apologies for that! First up we’ve got these superb Grass Snake pics from Abbey Louis. Not sure of the story but imagining a chase between the toad of the snake. We’ve...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 2nd July

    Wow what a hot week! The weather here at Strumpshaw has been up to 31 degrees on Wednesday, with warm sunny spells to continue into the early part of the weekend at least. The hot weather has certainly had a large affect on the wildlife here at the fen. The invertebrates have had yet another explosion...
  • Blog Post: 2 July recent sightings: Hot enough for you?!

    Good afternoon. It has been really rather warm recently, hasn’t it?! I will begin my posting some pictures that were taken here last Saturday, courtesy of Matt Walton: Sunrise over the river: An otter fishing in the river: A barn owl hunting over the washland: A flying bittern...
  • Blog Post: Wed 1st July 2015 - Todays highlights

    Dark-bellied brent goose at Inner Marsh Farm hide, taken on 28th June 2015 by Anthony Lovatt Ruff - 1 on scrape and 1 in front of Inner Marsh farm hide Cuckoo - 1 on fence most of the day Common sandpiper - 2 on scrape Pintail - 1 in front of Inner Marsh farm hide Gadwall - 1 in...
  • Blog Post: All Bitterns Great and Small, Sightings 1 July.

    Hi Folks! Another exciting day of bittern watching and, in what promises to be my shortest blog entry ever, the news from the sightings book is that a bittern ( Botaurus stellaris ) was seen flying over the reedbeds at 13.02 today. The little bittern, ( Ixobrychus minutus ) has also been seen flying...
  • Blog Post: More Moths...

    Without trying to sound like a broken record our moth and Butterfly themed blog posts must continue, as the temperatures have begun to rise as have the number of reports of Silver-studded Blues. Coombe Heath is by far the best place to encounter this pretty little butterfly. Our moth trap openings in...
  • Blog Post: Ham Wall Barn Owls

    We had a visit today from Chris Sperring MBE from the Hawk & Owl Trust. He is licensed to inspect Barn Owl boxes and ring any owlets. The good news is we have 2 broods of 3 chicks each all looking very healthy. Chris with the first of this years young. Close up of another! Sorry...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings from RSPB Ham Wall - 01.07.2015

    Apologies for the lack of blog last week - I was away for much of the week and just haven't had the time this week until now. I did spend a couple of days with work over at Arne in Dorset - a reserve well worth a visit. Good views of Nightjar, Spoonbill and Dartford Warbler the highlights. I'll...
  • Blog Post: Things with wings and others with tails and scales

    Things with wings and others with tails and scales The past week has shown a lot of competition for the limelight from the animals that we sometimes place in the “Other” column. So I think its time they got more recognition in this blog. As you can see from the sightings list below there...
  • Blog Post: Phew, what a scorcher!

    A nice range of sightings from yesterday, courtesy of volunteer Gary... "Walking down the zig-zag it was obvious it was going to be hot, meadow browns and large skippers were everywhere and a solitary ringlet. At Fattengates a garden warbler showed itself after some searching and both willow...
  • Blog Post: What a relief!

    Butterflies were the order of the day from early on with plenty of Meadow Brown and Small Tortoiseshell feeding on the thistle next to the 'new' trail before Winpenny Hide. And a migrant Painted Lady, seen at various times in the morning, was sunbathing on the entrance ramp. (see Phil Thornton's...
  • 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 )...