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  • Blog Post: A murmuration over the reedbed

    "In like a Lion," says the old proverb about March, and with chilly winds and snow today, there's still something fierce about the winter. But the promise of milder weather is on the horizon, so it may yet go "out like a lamb". So many of our traditional sayings, in both Welsh...
  • Blog Post: Four seasons in one day - Sightings, 2 Mar.

    Hi Folks! Now normally I try to sum up the weather in the Dearne Valley in a line or two at the start of my blog but I have the feeling that I’d need several paragraphs today! Let’s just say it was “changeable” this morning and move on. Mind, this afternoon, well, the sun did...
  • Blog Post: March volunteer Sunday....

    Volunteer Sunday was upon us once again yesterday - March already! It was a glorious, if very blustery morning, but 9 people arrived for a spot of hedge planting and reed panicle collection. The hedge on the north western boundary of the site was beginning to take shape and 50m were left to plant...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 02.03.2015

    Apologies for the slightly delayed blog this week, I'm afraid I was unable to attend work on Friday so it's been pushed onto today! All the photos this week come from the Waltons area of the reserve, where there seems to have been plenty of action this past week. Following on from last weeks...
  • Blog Post: Barnacles at Herd Hill , Cardurnock (NY 177 603) - 24th February

    A strong NW wind had been blowing with intermittent hail showers and sunny spells. The high tides of late were falling back a little, but still at 9.1m. Travelling along the coast road from Kirkbride towards Anthorn we were on the lookout for Goose and Swan activity in the area. As we approached Cardurnock...
  • Blog Post: March at last! - Sightings, 1 Mar.

    Hi folks! Welcome to the first sightings blog of March. I know that to scientific folk we have to wait twenty more days for the vernal equinox but to us gardeners the first of March is officially ‘spring’! The winter months have finally passed and now we can look forward to warmer, brighter...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 01/03/2015

    Sightings this week include the usual mixture of blackbird, coal tit, great tit, blue tit, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, dunnock, yellowhammer, tree sparrow, house sparrow and pheasant on or around the feeders at the Visitor centre. There has also been plenty of yellowhammer, tits and finches in...
  • Blog Post: This week's wildlife....

    It's that time of year again, when I start doing dawn vigils on site listening and looking for bittern activity and preparing for the coming season's Breeding Bird Survey . Despite the early starts, I love nothing more than getting out on site as the sky gets lighter, birds start singing and...
  • Blog Post: Return of the avocet

    Our first avocet has arrived at the reserve, a good sign that Spring is on its way. The high tides last week were as spectacular as usual on the Dee Estuary with the 10m tides reaching the wall at Parkgate. The views of the 5 short-eared owls hunting were a highlight along with the 2 ringtail...
  • Blog Post: A week of sightings at Fairburn Ings

    It’s been a little while since our last sightings report so we plenty to tell you about. A pair of Egyptian geese paid us a brief visit on the 18 th but haven’t been seen since. A pair of smew have been seen most days but can give observers the run around as they flit from one end of the...
  • Blog Post: Some highlights from the last few days...

    Hello! I thought that I would give you some of the highlights of the last few days (or so). Our daily views of the marsh harrier , ravens and the very obliging female blackcap have continued! The female blackcap- actually have a rusty brown cap! This fabulous picture was taken by Lawrence...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 23-27 February 2015

    Brent goose – on Burrowes pit on 26 th . Wigeon – 320 at Denge Marsh on 27 th . Pintail – six at Denge Marsh on 27 th . Goldeneye – drake at Dennis’s hide and a pair at ARC on 27 th . Red-crested pochard – one drake on the demo pond on 27 th . Smew...
  • Blog Post: Mud, machines, fences and avocets - an update from the Scrape

    It's been a while since I posted an update on the ongoing work to replace the predator-proof fence around the Scrape. When I let you know about our plans before work started, in a blog back in November , we were expecting to finish the work this week. While work has progressed well, we're...
  • Blog Post: It's Friday the 27th!

    It's nearly the end of February already ...soon be March then! The sightings today are from the book. In the bird garden visitors saw yellowhammer, reed buntings, goldfinches, blue tits, great tits, long tailed tits, robins, blackbirds, collared doves, wood pigeons, greenfinches, bullfinches...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 27 February

    A very mild week with almost warm sunny spells, apart from Thursday when it decided to rain a lot to coincide with the weekly work party. Highlights from the fen included nine pochard and six tufted duck, so far they are this years peak counts. A bittern was seen on Tuesday morning, bearded tits have...
  • Blog Post: 27 February recent sightings: So much to say, so little time!

    Good morning. This week has been great as there has just been so much to see! I will start with some photographs that have been taken in the last week: Firstly, we have these lovely images of a long tailed tit that were taken by eight year old Amber Wallis: Image credits: Amber Wallis ...
  • Blog Post: Photo highlights of the last week, 19 -26th February

  • Blog Post: Another Boom!

    Hello! A bittern boom was heard this morning at Old Moor which was great news! Actually, the entry in the book says it was more of a 'croak' than a boom....still, a great 'hearing!' I'll start this eve with the sightings from the bittern hide - a little grebe, 2 buzzards, a...
  • Blog Post: Elves in the coppice

    Don't believe? Well its true I tell you, there are elves down in the willow coppice here at Blacktoft and they are truly something special to see . Scarlet elf cups are one of my favorite fungi and seem to always appear at this time of year when there is a drop of rain and still the chance of...
  • Blog Post: February 26th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Bit of a wet day but a few hardy souls did catch up with some birds Slav grebe - 1 offshore Red crested pochard - 3 on Patsy's reedbed Water pipit - 1 on drained grazing meadow pool Avocet - 49 on fresh marsh Barn owl - 1 hunting along East Trail late afternoon
  • Blog Post: Movement on a high Spring tide - 20 2 15

    T'was a beautful sunny morning with a strongish SW wind. Long before the high tide, skeins of Barnacles had been coming along the Estuary. It was forecast to be a 10.3 m tide - one of the highest of the year but the SW wind probably would not push it too far up the marsh. Skeins of Barnacles...
  • Blog Post: The Crescent Moon Last Night....

    It clouded over last night so I didn't quite manage a photo of the lovely crescent moon in the night sky...ah well, fingers crossed for this evening! Still, we do have the sightings from the book today :) Two buzzards were seen over the reedbeds today and a little grebe was seen from the field...
  • Blog Post: Ruff-Ruff

    With the water now starting to settle a bit on the reserve after the recent spring tides the paths have now become dry and a bit of mud is starting to appear attracting a few waders like these ruff (pic below) that were in front of Ousefleet hide. There was also a real nice mix of redshank, dunlin ,...
  • Blog Post: Woodland closed - Thursday 26 February 2015

    Hi everyone, I hope that you are well. So a quick heads up that the whole of the woodland will be closed tomorrow . We're having someone come in to do some tree works, hopefully it won't take the whole day. You will not be able to complete a circular walk, or visit the adventure play...
  • Blog Post: Outstanding Avocets

    After several weeks of anticipation, the moment has arrived, the avocets have returned! Two were seen at the weekend, and they have stuck around with two or three more sightings of the couple over the past few days. We hope to be joined by many more over the next week or so. Here at Leighton Moss we...