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  • Blog Post: January is a good month to see wintering geese on the Solway

    Good flocks of Barnacle and Pink-footed Geese can be seen on the pastures and saltmarshes of the Solway Estuary throughout January and February. Although Barnacles arrive in their thousands here on the Solway from Spitsbergen in mid October and stay at least until the end of March and beyond - the Pinks...
  • Blog Post: What lies beneath??

    By Madeleine Pashley Its winter! The woodland landscape here at Coombes has surrendered to a mosaic of brown hues and silhouetted branches. Although, at this time of year, nature composes itself in a somewhat concealed and obscure demeanour, don’t let that fool you! There are weird and wild...
  • Blog Post: A few more Winter sightings.

    2nd December Little Egrets seen flying along the saltmarsh. 4 seen at Saltmarsh Pool at 11am. Barnacles by Saltmarsh Pool. Dave had counted 540 on the saltmarsh early morning. Cheviots brought down from Haweswater Reserve for winter lowland grazing. Lapwings gathering...
  • Blog Post: Winter flowers get hot!

    Foxglove – David Austin (RSPB-images) Dead tree on skyline – Jarrod Sneyd Heather and I went for a catchup and a walk around the reserve yesterday – the light was fading so it was too late to make out any flowers! I just captured this shape of a dead tree against the skyline –...
  • Blog Post: Our Woodland Jewel: A poetic January wonder...

    Semi-ancient woodlands are truly magical places. A simple stroll through will see you transformed into a secret ancient world, crammed with wildlife wonders for you to explore. Come with me as we venture through Coombes Valley together on a poetic adventure... A Crunchy leafy carpet –...
  • Blog Post: Rough weather - 7th January 2015

  • Blog Post: Good start to 2015 and a Happy New Year to All.

    2nd January, 2015 Shelduck flying along a turbulent estuary against a backcloth of snowy Scottish hills. 4th January, Dawned bright and sunny - no wind and much warmer than of late. Before the tide came in there were a good number of Oystercatchers and small grey waders out on the mudflats...
  • Blog Post: Further sightings from Campfield.

    18th November. A fine morning though a cold easterly wind was blowing. A walk down the Lonning about 2pm. Met a number of interesting people with stories to tell: Hedda, Warden of Dufton Youth Hostel until it closed, having recently moved into the area, plans to join Campfield volunteers. Andy...
  • Blog Post: 'Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas'... The Final Countdown!

    The Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas! Get ready for our final Christmas countdown blog... ...four holly trees... Holly is a true icon of Christmas. We use it to decorate our homes during winter, but I wonder how many of us actually know why? Well there are loads of superstitious...
  • 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...