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  • Blog Post: Arriving tired and hungry

    We've all been there, and got the T-shirt. A long journey with kids is almost guaranteed to include the words "Are we there yet?" In many cases these might be repeated many times, and perhaps by the adults as well as the children. At least we are usually able to provide an answer, as...
  • Blog Post: Confusing seasons

    Perhaps it has something to do with the supermoon/blood moon/lunar eclipse that many people enjoyed watching in the early hours of Monday morning, or maybe the recent autumn equinox, but the seasons seem a little confusing at the moment. Talking of the supermoon, I hope you manage to see it if you...
  • Blog Post: Subbuteo anyone?

    Who remembers playing Subbuteo as a child, or with their children? We've recently acquired the table football game for our son, and it's great fun reliving my own childhood and flicking little plastic players around the pitch trying to score a goal. But did you know that the game Subbuteo was...
  • Blog Post: Sunny Sunday

    It was such a lovely weekend on the reserve and a great variety of wildlife was enjoyed by lots of visitors out enjoying the sunshine. It's also noticeable how much fungi is out, and the fly agarics were one of the highlights of the day for many. On the new heath yesterday, a pair of ravens perched...
  • Blog Post: Raptor moment

    I had a great ten minutes down on the old heath this afternoon. Hobby, buzzard, kestrel, raven, several swallows and house martins, a green woodpecker and great-spotted woodpecker and a flock of goldfinches all passed over, and a wasp-spider hid in the heather. On the way back, I saw my first group of...
  • Blog Post: The lull after the storm

    After all of the excitement of last week, sightings have become a little more predictable this week, though there have still been a few unusual species to look out for between the showers and more prolonged rainstorms. The barred warbler remained near the sluice until Sunday before eventually departing...
  • Blog Post: Battle Royale in the skies

    With a good spell of nice warm weather, we have seen a pulse of big dragonflies on the wing with little packs of Migrant Hawkers patrolling the woodland paths, long bodied Southerns in the Cordite Store and even a belligerent Brown or two. The smaller flying insect population has been taking a bashing...
  • Blog Post: Not quite September 1965, but...

    Following last week's look back at the incredible events of early September 1965, it's nice to be able to report on another excellent week for migration at Minsmere, with several unusual birds paying us a visit at the same time. The week began with a few redstarts, whinchats and lesser whitethroats...
  • Blog Post: Hawk-moths and hobbies

    I've received some terrific pictures of a hummingbird hawk-moth taken at The Lodge gardens in the sunshine on Sunday. Many thanks to Richard Harvey for sending me these stunning images. Summer is still lingering, with three hobbies and a juvenile spotted flycatcher on the reserve...
  • 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: Last of the summer

    Our busy programme of August events reached a peak with a fantastic weekend of outdoor theatre with the Pantaloons. We did get very wet for a while yesterday afternoon during Treasure Island, but the cast carried on despite the weather and all of the audience stayed to watch - but with their umbrellas...
  • Blog Post: Success for the spots

    As summer slowly draws to a close ( it certainly feels less than summer like today!) the breeding season at The Lodge ends on a high, as our three spotted flycatcher chicks fledged on Saturday. It's hard to believe that they will soon be flying 1000's of miles to winter in Africa! The parents...
  • Blog Post: Back again!

    Hello all and apologies, as it's been a while since the last blog while I've been away on hols. Good news on my return however, this week the spotted flycatchers have been seen with two young in the area of birch towards the hide. They haven't been as easy to see this year and we haven't...
  • 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: Speedy Wildlife Walks

    A speedy circuit this morning to open up the hides but quite rewarding in the breezy conditions. It was already pretty warm and there was plenty of insect activity. Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were out egg laying on the Nettles and the first Meadow Brown of the year (for me) was flying strongly....
  • Blog Post: Reflections on Springwatch

    After another wonderful three weeks of Springwatch, I thought I'd look back at some of the wildlife stories from this year's series. Where else can I really start than with the biggest star of this year's series: Spineless Simon. At just 5 cm length he's certainly not the biggest species...
  • Blog Post: Hobby's steal the show

    Spineless Simon might be stealing the limelight for BBC Springwatch viewers, but although he continues to attract a crowd of admirers at Island Mere, the highlight for many visitors over the last couple of days has been the hobbies at Bittern Hide. These super-sleek highspeed falcons have been dashing...
  • Blog Post: Like London buses

    Just like waiting for a London bus, birdwatching often sees a cluster of exciting birds arriving in quick succession, after a long period of more routine species. So it has been at Minsmere this month. Following hot on the heals of the bluethroat and long-staying red-necked phalarope, we've had several...
  • Blog Post: "Loving Minsmere today. The wildlife is amazing"

    On a busy Bank Holiday Monday, the day the BBC Springwatch cameras went live, it was great to hear comments like that in the title of this blog, time and time again from our visitors. We had worked hard to ensure that we were ready for an influx of visitors, and despite records numbers coming to the...
  • Blog Post: Bank Holiday birds at The Lodge - and beyond.

    I started out early this morning and popped into nearby Broom gravel Pits to see the two Temminck's stints that had been here since Saturday. Local birders on site had seen possibly three birds before I arrived, but only two were showing while I was there. It was confirmed later that the other bird...
  • 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: 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: Turning from blue to red

    After the excitement of Friday's red-spotted bluethroat, another rare visitor was found at Minsmere last night. Unlike the bluethroat, this time the bird stayed into a second day, allowing many visitors to see it - especially as it was first located after most of the staff had gone home yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Beautiful in blue

    There was great excitement at Minsmere yesterday with the discovery of a beautiful male bluethroat feeding along the edge of a reedbed pool close to the North Wall. Despite breeding in good numbers just across the North Sea in The Netherlands, bluethroats remain rare visitors in the UK. The last record...