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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings for May

    Hello there, Fun on the Bank Holiday Weekend We kicked off the month with a bit of a cold wet start to the Bank Holiday Weekend. But once the sun decided to come out, so did our lovely visitors, with Bank Holiday Monday being declared the busiest day in Bempton Cliffs’ history. Although the...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch returns - we're open as usual

    This morning we welcomed the local media to the Discovery Centre to meet the BBC Springwatch presenters - Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games - in advance of the show going on air from Monday. It was lovely to see a couple of families playing in the wild zone when the presenters...
  • Blog Post: Flycatchers and hobbies

    Two of the most popular summer birds at The Lodge are here and performing well. A pair of spotted flycatchers have been busy in the section of woodland along the trail leading to the hide and yesterday, possibly another pair were investigating likely nesting spots around the back of the Gatehouse, including...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 16th to 22nd May

    Egyptian goose – two at Denge Marsh on 22 nd . Bittern – two at Denge Marsh on 22 nd . Honey buzzard – over ARC on 17 th . Buzzard – three over ARC on 16 th . Hobby – fourteen at ARC and three at Denge Marsh on 22 nd . Peregrine – at Denge Marsh...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 22nd May

    Four-spotted chaser and mother shipton moth, Ben Lewis Finally a decent looking forecast for the weather for a bank holiday weekend. The next week looks like it will be kind to the swallowtails (and swallowtail watchers). They have begun their emergence now so there should be a decent chance of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 22.05.2015

    Yet another interesting week on the reserve. It seems that even after 9 years of working here there's always something new to experience and enjoy. I was out trying to find poo of various animals for our who's poo? event next week ( this is not the new experience I'm talking about), I was...
  • Blog Post: All the fun of the fen

    Over the last few days migration has been settling down a little and the breeding season is really taking off with black headed gull and avocet chicks hatching, marsh harriers food passing and tree sparrows, meadow pipits, skylarks and reed buntings all feeding young around the fen. The Montagu's...
  • Blog Post: Bargain Bird Reports!

    Afternoon all... Dominic Mitchell has very kindly donated a huge pile of old County, Regional and Reserve reports to us for our Book Recycle. I have priced them at £1 each or 5 for £4 and 10 for £7. Get in quick because they tend to go quickly! 22-5-15
  • Blog Post: Chick pics

    Otmoor is amazing for bird life at the moment. 8 hobbies were dashing about over the reserve yesterday catching insects, a marsh harrier was hunting over the reedbed and common terns were elegantly gliding around looking for small fish. Swifts and swallows swooped overhead. Skylarks were singing, a turtle...
  • Blog Post: Mammals sightings pretty good at the moment

    Here's a few of my better photo's from the last few days of roe deer, water vole, fox and hare which have been particularly good out on Ousefleet. Freddy the water vole chomping on a nettle leaf Roe deer on Ousefleet A curious young buck A young hare on the track A...
  • Blog Post: Early May - BTGs, Sedges, Buff-tails, Roe Deer . . .

    2nd May. A fine bright early morning with a cold westerly wind. Rain set in about 1.30pm. There were still Barnacles on the Solway! Several skeins of about 30 each flew west along the saltmarsh about 5.50pm. A Song Thrush's melodious tones could be heard coming from the mature trees edging the...
  • Blog Post: 3 Bittern Flights!

    Hello! As you can no doubt guess from the title today, a bittern has been seen at least 3 times. In the book it was 3 flights at 12.30, 12.40 and 12,50pm.. That's great news! Here's a bittern photo from 2013 taken by Mel P. Don't you think the bittern blends so well with the reeds? Thanks...
  • Blog Post: May 21st 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Spotted redshank - 1 on fresh marsh Red crested pochard - 5 on Patsy's reedbed Little gull - 7 1st summer birds on fresh marsh Short eared owl - 1 still present Med gull - 2 adults high west over visitor centre Hobby - 2 hunting hirundines over reserve Black tailed godwit - 45 on...
  • Blog Post: Bank Holiday Weekend at Arne

    It's time for our reptile weekend at Arne! Join us on Saturday and Sunday 23/24th between 1-4pm to drop in and meet some of the reptiles that call Arne home. Sand lizards, common lizards, smooth snakes, grass snakes, adder and slow worm all live here and have been spotted by some lucky members of...
  • Blog Post: Pre Work Wander

    I got in early today to open up and spent a very enjoyable couple of hours ambling round the trails. It was sunny and quite warm and the breeze was light. I decided to count singing Reed Warblers and by the end of my circuit I had tallied 129 ’gurking’ birds and I suspect that there may have...
  • Blog Post: 21 May recent sightings: A game of cat and dog

    Good morning! Well, after listening to it barking for around three hours last night, I am pleased to say that I saw the little bittern last night at around 8.30pm! There were plenty of eyes and ears down there last night and local birdwatcher Richard Thewlis did these fantastic sketches of it: ...
  • Blog Post: Chelonian Pigeons, Halcyon Hunters and Amorous Airbourne Antics

    I have a been a bit slack with the bird news of late and I apologise. Things have been relatively quiet in the last ten days with wader passage unfortunately drawing to an early close with only a small flock of Bar-tailed Godwits on the wet and windy 14th and a Sanderling with the small mixed flock of...
  • Blog Post: Flies can be fun too...

    Flies... now, I know that they may not be the favoured invertebrates of the masses but when the birding quietens down and the cooler weather precludes much in the way of butterfly or dragonfly activity, it is always worth having a look for the myriad of flies that will be resting on leaves and waiting...
  • Blog Post: Amazing Adwick - Sightings, 20 May

    Hi Folks! Adwick Washland is often referred to as one of Old Moor ’s ‘satellite’ reserves. Well, maybe it’s an interest kindled by our two star-gazing events earlier this year, but I’ve always found satellites fascinating. Now a regular visitor to the Adwick reserve, I only...
  • Blog Post: May 20th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Little gull - 5 1st summers on fresh marsh Red necked phalarope - 1 pon fresh marsh all day Red necked phalarope (not at Titchwell) by Dave Hawkins Curlew sand - 1 on fresh marsh briefly this morning Red crested pochard - 7 on Patsy's reedbed Common sandpiper - 3 on fresh marsh...
  • Blog Post: 20 May recent sightings blog post: The little bittern is back

    Good afternoon all. This is just a quick note to say that the little bittern is back! It has been barking intermittently this afternoon and was seen at around 3.30pm. It is present in the part of the reserve that we know as "New Fen North triangle". This is between Mere Hide and Joist Fen viewpoint...
  • Blog Post: Dragon Orchids

    No, Dragon orchid is not the name of an orchid at Newport Wetlands but a word mixture of Dragonfly and Orchid. Do you like what I’ve done there? The reason for this cleverly worked title is that there have been a number of Dragonfly and Damselfly sightings in the past week. Our birds and butterflies...
  • Blog Post: A matter of timing

    Today it was a case of judging when to dash to the next hide whilst dodging the showers – at West Mead the previous weeks pair of pintail were still present, together with three gadwall and a redshank. Four lapwing chicks were being defended by ever vigilant parents, and on one occasion there was...
  • Blog Post: Cuckoos and cake - what a splendid combination

    Volunteer John reports on his sightings from Friday A cuckoo calling from Wiggonholt direction provided the first tick as I left the carpark and this was the accompanying soundtrack of the day with possibly three calling across the reserve. On the way to Hail's view commotion high in an oak tree...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday the 19th & the Sightings...

    Hello, it's my turn again today and without further ado I'll ask you if you read Matthew's blog from yesterday about the success of the Wheelchair Challenge? If not then here's the link. Matthew also reveals where the new hide will be. So onto the sightings from the book today. Thank...