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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Gems - Sightings, 25 May.

    Hi Folks! The exciting thing about rainy days is that the colours of spring shift: all those fresh greens become darker, more intense. The birds too go from matt to gloss and carry on about their spring business just like any other day. Sometimes, a rainy one will also bring some unexpected and quite...
  • Blog Post: Little terns return

    Guest blog by Emily Irving-Witt, Lead little tern warden for Suffolk Little terns We should feel privileged that little terns (Sterna albifrons), the UK's second rarest breeding tern and an extremely rare breeding seabird, decide to breed on our UK coasts. They grace us with their presence...
  • Blog Post: The First Swallowtails Have Emerged at Strumpshaw Fen!

    We had our first swallowtail butterfly emerge on Friday afternoon! What fitting start to our 40th birthday celebration weekend. They have emerged a little later than usual this year, as I pointed out in my last blog. However it looks as if the time is right for them now, we just need some sunny spells...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 24th May

    Hello! My turn to bring you the blog today and a big thanks to Craig who kindly sent me a text with the sightings today. I'm currently locked out of my RSPB email so a text was a big help. Off we go with the sightings from the book. From the B ittern Hide we had sightings of great crested grebe...
  • Blog Post: Surprise, Surprise!

    Surprise, surprise There have been a few surprises in the area over the past few weeks, the most notable being the Lammergeier spotted near the Severn Bridge, only a few miles from Newport Wetlands. The name is German for ‘lamb vulture;’ another common name for them is the Bearded vulture...
  • Blog Post: From Africa to Lancashire, and back!

    Taking over Annabel's role as Visitor Experience Manager here at Leighton Moss is Fran Currie, here's her first blog... Spring is always an exciting time for migrating visitors returning from their African wintering grounds. Here at Leighton Moss we get an amazing array of migrant birds, from...
  • Blog Post: Reedbed buzzing with life

    With all this lovely weather recently the reserve really seems to have come alive with young birds oozing out of the fen and a few surprises too with last night the faint buzzing of a singing savi's warbler coming from somewhere deep inside the fen opposite Townend hide. Unfortunately its not visible...
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers Fledging... 24 May 2016

    Hi everyone, Just a quick message - we've had reports that the kingfishers are fledging! We'll let you know when we know more! Kingfisher at Rainham Marshes by Tom Bell
  • Blog Post: Kelly Tolhursts' visit to Northward Hill RSPB

    The nightingale has be gun another breeding season in Kent – but for how long? After having spent winter in Africa, one of our most beloved songbirds, the iconic nightingale, has returned to spend the summer in Kent. They were welcomed home by Nightingale Species Champion Kelly Tolhurst MP at...