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  • Blog Post: Bathing green woodpecker

    We are fortunate to have some top class photographers who visit the reserve and send us their images. Geoff Harries was in the hide this week when he caught this green woodpecker bathing - which is not a common sighting. The photo's he took are stunning! The last hobby sighting on the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Whinchats on migration

    Following my last post- I'm pleased to say that the hobbies are still around and have been seen here on the new heath again today. At the hide, 3 grey wagtails bobbed around the pool edges and were also seen on the brook at Biggleswade Common, just off the reserve. Also on the Common, whinchats have...
  • Blog Post: Last of the summer birds

    As we reach the middle of September, a few summer birds linger around the reserve. On Tuesday, we had stunning views of the hobbies on the new heath. At least one adult was skimming around, low and close to the path and Visitor Information Centre and passing food to a juvenile bird in mid-air. Both birds...
  • Blog Post: Raptor Weekend Sat 6th & Sun 7th September

    Next weekend is Raptor Weekend here at Arne! We will be having viewpoints manned by volunteers and staff in the most likely spots for seeing birds of prey. Its fun for all the family as we will also have a trail for children to follow with prizes if they get all of the answers! Over the last couple...
  • Blog Post: Mooving through...

    We have just had some new additions to the reserve, 44 cows from the neighbouring farm have been given the freedom of the scrape. They are there to graze on the vegetation and to help with the ecology of the area. Our kingfishers have been giving plenty of pleasure to our visitors over the last...
  • Blog Post: Unexpected visitor?

    There have been several sightings of a kingfisher around the pools over the last week. Although kingfishers have been reported here on occasions in the past- perched on a stem overlooking over the old swimming pool - it is, understandably, a very scarce bird at The Lodge. Last week, a kingfisher was...
  • Blog Post: What to watch out for this weekend

    Despite severe weather warnings this week, we've actually had a surprising amount of sun here. Sure, there has been some heavy heavy downpours, but everyday, for some of the day at least, we have seen some rays. At this time of year, with sunshine comes nature's mini helicopters. Check out this...
  • Blog Post: Heather and hobbies

    A flock of mistle thrushes has just flown past my office, and a robin is singing its melancholy call outside, which is a sure sign that we are approaching autumn! Fortunately, signs of summer are still around at The Lodge. The hobbies are still feeding two young on the edge of the new heath and have...
  • Blog Post: Bumble through the flower beds

    After the recent downpours, you might think our wildlife had gone into hiding! But take another look... Bees have been all over the garden, waiting out the bad weather. Bumblebees make good use of our mint, but also have a particular preference for blue and purple flowers such as lavender and willowherb...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful waders, beautiful butterflies & happy families

    It's been another gorgeous week at Minsmere. I heard on the radio yesterday that the Met Office were reporting that July was the best ever, and August has certainly started with another day of unbroken sunshine. With such lovely weather it's not been a surprise to see hundreds of happy families...
  • Blog Post: Peacock and butterfly extravaganza

    The hot July has bought us the welcome bonus of large numbers of butterflies and other flying creatures to the reserve. Flocks of peacocks in particular are quite amazing, with several hundred on Sandy Ridge alone. Scarcer species, such as purple hairstreak and silver- washed fritillary are being spotted...
  • Blog Post: Nature trail fun

    Our new nature trail is up and running and already being enjoyed by all the family. You will learn fun facts about species of birds and other wildlife found on the reserve. Pick up an entry sheet from the reception before heading off around the trail. Bring your smart phone along too, you can learn extra...
  • Blog Post: Fledgings, flowers and migrants

    We've some exciting news on some of the stars of Springwatch this week. First Grub. Those who follow us on Twitter (@RSPBMinsmere) or Facebook (RSPBSuffolk) will already have heard that Grub is alive and well. Adam, our Senior Site Manager, heard a young tawny owl calling from the area of Grub's...
  • Blog Post: A wonderful week for wildlife

    The weather may have been a bit unpredictable week, with bright sunshine giving way to heavy rain, but perhaps we should expect that with Wimbledon and Glastonbury vying with the World Cup for our attention on the TV. Did you know there's a link between Minsmere, Glastonbury and the World Cup this...
  • Blog Post: Bitterns, beardies and bee-eaters!

    Guest blog by Paul Green, Warden, North Suffolk Reserves Every Thursday morning during spring and summer a team of wardens and volunteers carry out our bittern watches. Each of us sits in somewhere with a good view of the reedbed and waits, recording all bittern activity to help us to locate nesting...
  • Blog Post: Toads, snakes and birds!

    I was pleasantly surprised to hear and see a cuckoo today. They tend to go quiet and stop calling at this stage of the summer- and some are already making their way back across Europe to their wintering grounds in Africa. A pair of hobbies are around the new heath, but are fairly elusive at times this...
  • Blog Post: Raptastic

    With summer now well underway we are still seeing lots of raptor activity over the marsh. Kestrels and Sparrowhawks are nesting in their traditional spots and as the dragonfly population starts to explode the Hobbies have returned on nice warm days to hunt their insectoidal equivalents... The local...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch may be over but the wildlife remains

    Wow, what an amazing three weeks. It's been a whirlwind of emotions with fledgings and predation, new discoveries and surprise observations. There were moments to make to you laugh, and others to make you cry. Footage to make some hide behind the sofa and events that will never be forgotten. Who...
  • Blog Post: Raptors galore

    It's been all about the birds of prey over the past few days at the Moss. An osprey has been putting in regular appearances, with lots of delighted people seeing it fishing on Grisedale pool. It has probably come over from Foulshaw Moss where they are nesting. A hobby has been spotted hawking...
  • Blog Post: Acrobatic harriers

    The weather has been a bit mixed over the past couple of days, but we've had lots of sunny spells and even some fully sunny days! The sunshine brings out some of our most colourful insect life - butterflies are flitting around the garden and broad-bodied chaser dragonflies are zooming round the...
  • Blog Post: Some super summery sightings

    The sun has been shining over the past couple of days, and has brought with it some definite signs of summer here.... A hobby has been spotted chasing dragonflies down at the Lower hide end of the reserve, and this afternoon, a black tern was zipping about everywhere - seen from Lower, Public and...
  • Blog Post: Food on the wing

    With more dragonflies emerging and a calm weather it is not surprising that we have seen the Hobbies again. The first Broad Bodied Chasers joined the Hairy Hawkers this morning and the woodland was alive with damselflies. Fabulous shots from the other day by Tony Orwell (top two) and John...
  • Blog Post: A Day out with Dilger

    Congratulations to the “Day Out With Dilger” winner Josie. Josie came to Newport Wetlands with her family after winning a competition in the RSPB Wildlife Explorers Bird Life magazine and spent the day with ecologist and TV presenter Mike Dilger, exploring the wonders of Newport Wetlands...
  • Blog Post: beauty in black and white

    After a superb few days of weather that brought in crowds of birdwatchers, walkers and families, a bit of drizzle this morning proved to be good for migrants, with several species of wader and passerine grounded on their long journeys. Pride of place definitely went to the gorgeous male pied flycatcher...
  • Blog Post: Will Good Friday be as good?

    Given the fact that I have not really been out on the reserve today, I have managed to catch up with quite a few good birds.... A shout from Andrew G for Spoonbill over the car park was eagerly greeted as this black tipped immature bird spiralled fast and east with the wind behind it at 1140. Five minutes...