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  • Blog Post: New arrivals trickling in

    Hot on the heels of our recent pair of garganeys, the last week has seen the arrival of the advance guard of some of our earlier spring migrants. Last week I asked whether the first sand martins or wheatears would arrive soon and they finally did so over the weekend, with singles of both species seen...
  • Blog Post: What's your name and where did you come from?

    A couple of days ago we received this photo of a colour ringed avocet that Andy Thompson took on the reserve. He sent off the photo and got back the following, and quite surprising, information. The bird was originally ringed as a chick on the...
  • Blog Post: Fantastic marsh harriers and avocets

    Well the marsh harriers and the avocets have been stealing the show this week. Out of the two, it has to be the marsh harrier that tops it. Watching them from reception has been absolutely amazing. We now have at least 7 birds taking over the territory between xerox and townend. Best viewed from reception...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harriers enter nest building phase

    Hi, This week has seen a bit of change in our marsh harrier behaviour. Just a week ago we have been watching one of our male marsh harrier taking pieces of reed into a potential nest site and now today many of our marsh harriers were taking advantage of our first dry day for a while to start building...
  • Blog Post: Journeys end at Saltholme (well, most of them)

    Hi everyone, This is the time of year when mammoth journeys come to an end. Things change from minute to minute as new arrivals settle in. Mind you, it's also a time of quick stops and fleeting visits. So what's been at Saltholme today? A green sandpiper made a very brief stop in front...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 29th March– 4th April 2013

    Hi, It was beginning to feel a little bit invariable here on the reserve with much of Saltholme’s wildlife hunkered down whilst the cold easterly winds prevailed, however things started to hot up mid-week leading to what turned out to be a cracking few days here on the reserve. No less than...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 5th – 18th April 2013

    Hi, It was a fortnight of two halves here at Saltholme. The first was dominated by northern and easterly winds which created unfavourable conditions for bird migration. However on the 13 th April the winds swung round to a southerly direction allowing summer migrants to flood into the UK. The rare...
  • Blog Post: Avocets, avocets, avocets

    Hi everyone, Today brought with it the most exciting sign of spring yet - three avocets at Saltholme! They arrived at around lunchtime, but didn't hang around for too long. Soon after, three were seen not far away at Teesmouth National Nature Reserve. Never fear - by the end of the day three...
  • Blog Post: It's all happening right now

    Migration. Don't you just love it? The unpredictability. The stories of incredible journeys and survival against the odds. Best of all, is the knowledge that the season's are changing and the natural world is still alive and waiting to spring its next surprise upon us. OK, so maybe not everything...
  • Blog Post: Rain, snow, wind, sun - what's next

    It's been a real cornucopia of weather since my last blog, with few signs of the coming spring. The weekend saw some of the wettest weather we've had for may years, followed by a couple of days of snow, more rain, strong north-easterly winds and eventually a little bit of sunshine today. The...
  • Blog Post: Another touch of France

    This time last week I was soaking up the rays of French sunshine in the Cevennes, combining leading guided walks with a family holiday. What a great area for watching wildlife. Orchids galore, including two found nowhere else in the world. Loads of butterflies - just don't ask me exactly which blues...
  • Blog Post: Spring in the air

    What an absolutely fabulous day today! Sunny, mild, virtually no wind. Defintiely feels like spring has arrived. Plenty of good indicators in the natural world too. Small tortoiseshell butterflies now flitting about in a few places, and I saw a couple of bumblebees out and about. Strong coconut scent...
  • Blog Post: Seasonal Jobs

    Every season at Minsmere has its specific jobs. The winter signifies the end of reedbed work as the water levels are too high. Winter is a time for focusing on the dry habitats. Mel our dry habitat warden is now at his busiest planning, instructing and getting stuck in. We have currently just...