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  • Blog Post: Skyfall from the Sky Tower – black-tailed godwits do a James Bond

    The ‘whoosh’ of wings and circling in the sky – is the spectacle of the week from the Sky Tower. Black-tailed godwits can be heard ‘chattering’ as you ascend the Tower, but then it really is incredible when they all they all ‘get the jitters’ and lift up and...
  • Blog Post: Beautiful Still Evening...

    Hello! From the title you can no doubt gather what this evening has been like at Old Moor. The wind dropped, the sun came out and it was beautiful. I was on Wath Ings until about 7.30pm watching 2 barn owls hunting, hearing nattering lapwing, very noisy common/green sandpipers and having a great time...
  • Blog Post: 27 August recent sightings: Hooray for happy endings!

    Good afternoon. We have had an interesting couple of days here at Lakenheath Fen. Shortly after I finished blogging on Sunday, a crossbill flew over visitor centre and a great white egret was photographed in front of the Washland viewpoint. Katherine, one of our Wardens, went up to the Washland viewpoint...
  • Blog Post: Marvellous migrations....

    It's nearing the end of August now and migration season is well and truly getting underway at Beckingham. It is always an exciting time of year and the presence of passage northern wheatear always brightens up the day! Northern wheatear, or Oenanthe oenanthe to be scientific are charming and charismatic...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sighting 1st to 26th August 2015

    As the summer grows to an end many of the summering birds are preparing to leave after rearing their young. Much activity can be seen in the bushes with Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff all feeding up with the abundance of insects ready for their journey to Africa. Over head the numbers of Swallow...
  • Blog Post: Fresh Start - Sightings, 26 Aug.

    Hi Folks! Yes the morning was damp (to say the least) but this afternoon, in the glorious sunshine, I arrived at Old Moor to find the car park full to overflowing! It’s always great to see so many folk out there enjoying the best that Nature can offer. Sadly, I was only able to stay for a short...
  • Blog Post: Wednesday 26 August 2015 - Today's highlights

    Painted lady butterfly by John Hewitt Swift - 1 flying high over reserve Peregrine - 1 hunting over scrape Hobby - 1 over Inner Marsh Farm hide Ruff - 14 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Curlew sandpiper - 1 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Dunlin - 2 in front of Inner Marsh Farm...
  • Blog Post: Bird Seed Offer - 31 August - 6 September

  • Blog Post: Upcoming events at Arne

    We’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of us here at Arne. Autumns a very exciting time to visit Arne. You never know what you’re going to see. Ospreys have been a real feature over the last week which bodes well for our... Raptor Weekend ! 5 th and 6 th September – 10am until 4pm ...
  • Blog Post: Busy times ahead...

    We’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of us here at Arne. Autumns a very exciting time to visit Arne. You never know what you’re going to see. Ospreys have been a real feature over the last week which bodes well for our... Raptor Weekend ! 5 th and 6 th September – 10am until 4pm ...
  • Blog Post: Rain and redstarts

    Gary reports on his day out in the rain! At Pulborough Brooks today before the rain – several parasol mushrooms are pushing skywards through the grass near the pond at the bottom of the zigzag path. Also, two very active spotted flycatchers, a whitethroat and a male and female redstart were...
  • Blog Post: Tell me why...I don't like Mondays...

    Well not many of us do if it is pouring rain! And so started the day when I stood in for Sarah, one of our regular volunteer guides, who was taking a well deserved break after working all weekend at Bird Fair 2015. The North Brooks yielded teal, mallard and lapwing plus a large flock of canada geese...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday 25 August 2015 - Today's highlights

    Grey heron with fish by Anthony Lovatt Snipe - 2 on scrape Barnacle goose - 1 on scrape Ruff - 30 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Redshank - 1 on scrape Sparrowhawk - 1 flew in front of reception hide Dunlin - 2 on scrape Kingfisher - 2 in front of reception hide Hobby -...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher at Wildlilfe Watchpoint Hide

    It takes us a couple of hours to get the reserve ready for visitors and during this time our Saltholme Guides - volunteers - are looking to see what is about. At 0915 hrs today Brian took this photo of a Kingfisher on the post at Wildlife Watchpoint Hide which Dean had placed for just such a visit...
  • Blog Post: Rain starts play....

    The last two days have seen some pretty inclement weather across the River and marsh and we have seen a good selecetion of waders once again with some very obliging Ruff and two new Spotted Redshanks, Wood Sandpiper, a group of Golden Plover and both Sanderling and Turnstone again. Ruff (Alan Shearman...
  • Blog Post: Tall Ships Return

    Over the last two days we have seen several Tall Ships heading majestically up river in some terrible conditions. There will be a small gathering in the City over the Bank Holiday before they return on the afternoon of Monday 31st August (or so we are told) so it might be worth looking on line to check...
  • Blog Post: No Redstart...Again!

    Hello, as you can no doubt gather from my title I was again 'redstart-less' on my visit today...unlike Andrew who took that stunning pic that was in his blog yesterday! If you didn't see his photo yesterday then do have a look, it's a wonderful pic of a wonderful bird! So on my quick...
  • Blog Post: 400 and counting....

    Back at the end of July, the Friday volunteer crew and I had a fabulous day out on Phase 2, where we were joined by our Regional Reserves Manager Nick Droy , for a spot of reed fencing . Young reed is very susceptible to grazing by birds - most notably coot and geese. As the young shoots only have small...
  • Blog Post: WeBS and waders....

    Last week was WeBS time once again and this month volunteers Stuart Carlton and Matt Marsh completed the survey. It is always a potentially exciting time, with autumn migration getting underway and this month numbers of waders are looking good. Here are this month's results.... 103 mallard ...
  • Blog Post: The Wonders of Blackberry Picking

    The other day I noticed on the path between the car park and reception that blackberries are coming out in force at Blacktoft. I love it when blackberries are juicy enough to pick and I have fond memories of picking them with my family when I was little. Blackberry picking was also the first time I got...
  • Blog Post: A trio of beautiful mustilids

    Its certainly been a mixed bag over the last week in terms of wildlife with mammals, plants, birds and insects all adding to the wetland wildlife experience . The spotted crake is now well into its second weeks stay on First lagoon although it is now acting a bit more like a spotted crake in that...
  • Blog Post: August is now upon us.

    1st August. Had rained overnight but the cloud cleared enough to photograph the 'Blue' moon at 3am. Strictly a 'blue' moon is the 2nd of two full moons occurring in one calendar month - which this one was when it rose earlier. At 1.16pm we watched a Southern Hawker fly about briefly...
  • Blog Post: Monday 25 August 2015 - Today's highlights

    Common blue butterfly by John Hewitt Goosander - 1 on scrape Sparrowhawk - 1 hunting over reserve Snipe - 4 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Little stint - 1 on scrape Greenshank - 3 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Curlew sandpiper - 1 in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide Lapwing...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Wildlife 23rd August

    Breeding is over, many birds have lost their breeding plumage and will soon be moving on. Some are already passing through. It only seems recently that we were looking at a ruff in breeding plumage rather than this plainer garb. There are now flocks of dunlin and the coot are collecting in larger...
  • Blog Post: Tern Tales - Sightings, 24 Aug.

    Hi Folks! It was another wonderful day in the Dearne Valley and one full of wildlife spectacle. Despite a very pessimistic weather forecast for this afternoon, I thought I’d chance it and set off for Old Moor. I am so glad I did. I had the good fortune to bump into a frequent contributor to...