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  • Blog Post: Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas... continued!

    � Ready for the second installment of Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights? Here we go...! ...eight shrews ashrinking... Shrews can’t hibernate. Their small body size, and the fact they need to eat every 2-3 hours, mean they wouldn’t be able to take on big enough fat reserves. So instead...
  • Blog Post: A Winter’s afternoon on Campfield - 13th December 2014

    A Winter’s afternoon on Campfield - 13 th December 2014 On a clear frosty afternoon much of the water on the Reserve was frozen. A walk round the ‘loop’ elicited a small flock of finches over the arable fields and a Buzzard flying beyond. Frozen pool by the 'broken'...
  • Blog Post: Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas!

    To celebrate the wintery wonderfulness of Coombes we have wrote a series of Christmassy nature facts to get you in the festive spirit. Nature is amazing and we were hard pressed to condense it down to just 12 facts. But we think we've cracked it and now we’re bringing you the first countdown...
  • Blog Post: A few November Bits and Bobs

    3rd November. Bright and sunny early morning with heavy showers on and off most of the day - producing spectacular rainbows across the estuary. Plenty of wader activity round the high tide about 8.30am. 7 Mute Swans were seen late afternoon on Saltmarsh Pool. Double rainbow. Grey...
  • Blog Post: Barnacles on the Saltmarsh - 25th November

    Through the mist this morning about 150 Barnacles dropped on to the saltmarsh at Scargavel Point. They quickly got down to grazing the plentiful grass - small groups taking off periodically and flying further along the marsh, while other geese were arriving Looking west from the marsh gate, opposite...
  • Blog Post: Photo diary - Early November

    1st November. A fine late Autumn day: sunshine and intermittent showers with a brisk SSW wind. The Whooper Swans of previous days were here in force today. Numbers had risen to 41. Family group with Wigeon in attendance. 2nd November. Another very pleasant day. The Whoopers could...
  • Blog Post: Fabulous Fungal Foray

    On Sunday 26 October we ran our annual Fungal Foray walk. Lead by the brilliant Fungal Punk Dave our large group of courageous explorers set out from the yurt in the search of fantastic, funky, flamboyant and frankly fantastic fungi. The fungi crew! – Lucy Hodson With so many sets of eyes...
  • Blog Post: Early winter sightings

    Well, the rain is drumming on the office roof, its 3:30 and its nearly dark, Winter is coming! However, the period between Autumn and Winter is an exciting one on a nature reserve and Middleton is no different. One of the highlights was the presence of a Short-eared owl on the reserve for a few...
  • Blog Post: Red planets and stars on the woodland floor!

    Strange and wondrous things grow in our woods. Some more obvious than others. It is so easy to simply walk past without ever really understanding what something is or how it came to be. Some things are just so well camouflaged we just simply don’t see. And some we get so used to seeing we forget...
  • Blog Post: Autumn Ramblings.

    Gazing forelornly out of my living room window across the Solway Basin at the continuous rain and mist that didn’t look as if it would let up, I began to contemplate that I would change the purpose of the massive bridge I am building at present, to take me and my lawnmower across the stream into...
  • Blog Post: The Birdy Bit - November 2014

    November can be one of the busiest months on the reserve as wildfowl gather on the flooded fields. Hundreds of teal, wigeon, pintail and shoveler can be joined in the evening by arriving whooper swans, their distant honks becoming louder before they hone into view in the gathering dusk to settle on the...
  • Blog Post: An early Autumn Miscellany

    2nd September. A flat calm estuary with Shelduck out on the mudflats . Good to see so many Bumblebees amongst the clover planted partly as a green manure and partly as an end of the season seed crop for birds. 4th September. Another warm sunny day brought out the bees. A large...
  • Blog Post: We beheld Nature's Canvas - 18th October.

    I stuck my nose out of the door - to test the air, as it were – and was amazed to find how warm it was! I could see that there was a good rip on the tide and that the trees were definitely rocking. Called to Judith, “You won’t need a heavy anorak on today – but put your wellington...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies and Bees etc - end of August.

    The newly extended pool in front of the hide has developed nicely - with the muddy margins attracting a range of wildlife particularly during the recent spell of dry weather. The hedgerows are ablaze with ripening berries. There has been a prolific bramble crop this Autumn. This area...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 25 Sept - 2 Oct by Angus Murray

    Yet again it was another fantastic week for birdwatching on the reserve, the main focus continuing to be at the Barr Loch. An estimated total of 1000 waterfowl were present on the loch there on 30 Sept (attracted by the continuing waterweed bloom as mentioned in the previous blog). This got me rummaging...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 16 -24 September by Angus Murray

    The main bird interest this week was at the Barr Loch where wildfowl numbers were on the increase. A bloom of waterweed there is providing good feeding for grazing wildfowl, particularly wigeon with at least 200 birds present from Monday 22 September - the highest September numbers since reserve records...
  • Blog Post: A Fruitful Day - 20th September.

    It was a typical autumn morning: starting off grey and overcast and rather unpromising, so Judith was busying about putting labels etc. on some pots of damson jam she had made for the Centre and filling a couple of baskets with freshly picked fruit. By then the sun had started to break through so we...
  • Blog Post: Hide etiquette amongst other things - 16th September.

    The day was very warm, clear skies and a very light easterly breeze – all seemed propitious for viewing birds. We proceeded straight away. The first distraction for us was the large gathering of swallows on top on the old grain silo dome. Typical of Swallows, they were very restless and would...
  • Blog Post: Reserve blog by Angus Murray

    Signs of early autumn were evident on the reserve, the ever popular photographic competition (now finished) and second hand book sale (running from 14 -20 September with some great bargains to be had) being two examples of this.Other signs, on the bird front, were meadow pipits heard over-flying the...
  • Blog Post: The impressive high tide wader roosts of Campfield Marsh - late August.

    The Solway estuary is recognised as a site of international importance for both Eurasian Oystercatchers and red Knot, holding the 2nd and 10th largest population respectively, within the UK. These overwintering waders mainly feed on cockles, mussels and Baltic tellins from the tidal mudflats and are...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: Birds, berries, puffballs, and a baffling stoat!

    With summer speeding by quickly and autumn right around the corner, the sights and sounds of Coombes Valley are changing. So, here is a run down of some of the exciting things you can spot on the reserve over the coming weeks! Goldfinch on a thistle, taken by Richard Brooks Flocks of Goldfinches...
  • Blog Post: A flavour of August.

    2nd August. Rained most of the day until 3.30pm. As the tide came in, the sun broke through. Lots of young birds about: Swallows, Blue Tits, Greenfinch, Dunnock and Robins. Plenty of activity on the mudflats. Brambles starting to ripen on Lonning hedgerow - this seems very early for the time...
  • Blog Post: Autumn passage is now well under way...

    Avocet by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) Autumn passage is now well under way with plenty to see on the South Essex Reserves. Bowers Marsh and Vange Marsh are the best places to go for migrant waders; species seen recently have included plenty of black-tailed godwit, avocet, lapwing, redshank, greenshank...
  • Blog Post: ‘Big Bertha’ comes to Campfield.

    High Tide roost, Saltmarsh pool - 12 8 14 Hurricane Big Bertha was on its way across the Atlantic. The weathermen had been terrorising us for a week in advance. We knew that, should it arrive, it was going to coincide with a series of very high tides on the Solway, anyway - which heightened our sense...
  • Blog Post: Further July reminiscences

    LONNING AND RAISED BOG With the hot sunny days of summer, bird song has fallen silent with birds concentrating on raising their young. However, welcome colour to our suite of wildlife has been provided by the burgeoning insect life. The hedgerows and meadows were alive with butterflies, dragonflies...