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  • Blog Post: I do like to be beside the seaside

    The autumn equinox signals the official end of summer today, although the weather bore more resemblance to a summer day than early autumn with bright sunshine, blue skies, barely a breath of wind, and robins singing constantly. All in all the perfect day for a stroll along the beach. The beach...
  • Blog Post: Rosemary beetles

    On a nice sunny warm day on the Autumn Equinox, perhaps the first bird of autumn has arrived, as we had a good report of a redwing on the apple tree in the gatehouse garden. This would be a very early record for this returning migrant thrush. A large flock of mistle thrushes have been about, a pair of...
  • Blog Post: Wheatears passing through

    On a nice calm day with a touch of autumn in the air, at least one hobby is still on the reserve and was seen today catching a dragonfly. I wonder when it will decide to fly off? Ravens have been about over the last week and seen today, a small group of five wheatears were just off the site on Biggleswade...
  • Blog Post: Autumn approaches?

    At least one hobby still, over the new heath today. Probably having a good feed up before the weather changes tonight! A family of spotted flycatchers were briefly around the Gatehouse car-park and a raven flew over calling. Four jays were seen together and mistle thrush numbers along with a few meadow...
  • Blog Post: Whinchat and hobbies seen today.

    Although bird life in the woodland is becoming quiet as we reach the end of summer, the hobbies are still showing on the New Heath and up to two whinchats have been seen today on Sandy Heath, the land we manage directly opposite the reserve entrance. It's always worth checking this area in migration...
  • Blog Post: #gotthemall

    In a recent blog, Lake Fernwy , I mentioned that I was busy looking for the 22 species of fern that had previously been recorded on the reserve and that I was still looking for a few. Well I have now successfully found all 22 species (#gotthemall) and potentially found a new species for the reserve....
  • Blog Post: Hobby Heaven

    That time is upon us once again and the explosion of Migrant Hawkers and Darter Dragonflies and the fledging of local Hobby broods has delightlyfully conicided in a non-coincidental way to produce some of the best aerial wildlife dispaly that you will see anywhere ouside of a full Red Arrows display...
  • Blog Post: Hobbies in overhead Olympics

    The young hobbies seem to be doing really well, and over the last few days we've had great views of the parents teaching their young by catching prey, then making the youngsters chase them through the air to get to the snack themselves! Spotted flycatchers have been around as well, I saw a...
  • Blog Post: Delight in the detail at Leighton Moss

    During the school holidays our learning team take a break from entertaining school parties at Leighton Moss and get to have some fun of their own at our special family events. Learning and visitor assistant Angela Welbourne tells us all about her favourite events... Have you ever marveled at how hairy...
  • Blog Post: Purple heather in bloom again

    I started working at The Lodge almost eight years ago. The heathland restoration was still in it's early days and the warden at the time, Graham Wilton-Jones, took me out to see how the heath was progressing and was really excited to see little patches of heather, about the size of a 50p piece. Roll...
  • Blog Post: Hobby success

    The juvenile hobbies have been seen in flight this afternoon, proving that successful fledging of the three young has now taken place! David Knowles
  • Blog Post: Hobby watches this week

    Good news! we will have volunteers showing the hobby nest this Thursday and Saturday, from 12 - 4 pm ( weather permitting). Info on where to go on arrival at the shop or Visitor Centre Image credit; Ray Piercy
  • Blog Post: Plenty of wildlife action at The Lodge

    I've been sent photo's this week of all sorts of exciting wildlife seen at The Lodge, from the breeding hobbies to the smallest and grooviest bugs, so I'd like to share these for you to enjoy! Thanks to all of the photographers for these great images. - From top left ; Ruby-tailed wasp...
  • Blog Post: Hatching hobbies!

    The hobbies have hatched! 3 chicks have been seen in the nest, which is along the Galley hill/ New heath trail, near the junction with the path down to Sandy. We have put a sign close to the tree so you should be able to see them bringing food to the nest. Great news! Image credit, hobby at...
  • Blog Post: Back from hols

    Hi again everyone, I'm back from my holidays in Portugal and I won't tell you about the constant sunshine and inland temperatures hovering around 38 degrees - or the colourful bee eaters, golden orioles and hoopoes seen daily! After the rain the UK has experienced, it was a shock to come...
  • Blog Post: The birds and the bees (and butterflies and dragonflies)

    As Springwatch draws to a close for another year, the wildlife can once again return to centre stage at Minsmere, and many species are already vying to steal the limelight. Bitterns in particular have been very popular, with one male continuing to parade around in front of Bittern Hide, even booming...
  • Blog Post: A cutlery of spoonbills?

    What a week we've had to end May! The warm sunny weather along with the arrival of four spoonbills last Tuesday left some visitors wondering whether they were beside the Mediterranean rather than the Dee. We'd been getting fairly excited by a single, elusive spoonbill on Burton Marsh for a...
  • 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: 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: A close encounter to remember

    Working at Minsmere has many benefits, not least the regular close contact with nature that I can experience on a lunchtime stroll. Even simply listening to singing chaffinches or looking at the flowing hawthorn is enough to remind me what a wonderful job I have. But every so often at Minsmere we...
  • Blog Post: Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

    I was itching to get out of the office and onto the reserve today for a lunchtime walk for many reasons. There had been sightings of little terns on the reserve today. Kittiwakes were reported on the scrape. Hobbys had been spotted across the reserve. Juvenile adders...
  • Blog Post: All about Ffridd

    The past week has been dominated by ffridd surveys. But what is ffridd? Well, ffridd is the Welsh name used to describe the habitat margin between the lowlands of good grazing and the moorland. It is generally slopes dominated with bracken with scattered trees and potentially scattered gorse and heather...
  • Blog Post: Spring scents and sounds

    On arrival at Minsmere this morning I was greeted to a veritable feast of birdsong - nightingale, garden warbler, blackcap, Cetti's warbler and whitethroat were all singing in the scrub between the car park entrance and the Discovery Centre. Add in blackbird, robin, dunnock, chaffinch, blue tit and...
  • Blog Post: Insects emerge

    The sudden and welcome increase in temperatures has seen the emergence of a good variety of insects over the last few days - as well as the annual emergence of human lower legs as the shorts get their first seasonal airings. At least six species of dragonflies and damselflies have been seen so far...
  • Blog Post: What a great hobby we have

    Working at Minsmere has to be one of the best jobs ever - even if I do spend much of the day in front of a computer rather out enjoying the wildlife. Afterall, as highlighted in the latest (Summer 2016) issue of Nature's Home magazine, Minsmere is the Number One RSPB nature reserve when it comes...