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  • Blog Post: Dave's 'Birdy Bit' for March 2015

    Following the opening of the visitor centre at Campfield last year, the new pathways and ‘Family Discovery Zone’ opened at the end of March to encourage more people including families with children to get out and enjoy nature on the reserve. Adjacent to the car park is a new accessible...
  • Blog Post: Barnacles at Herd Hill , Cardurnock (NY 177 603) - 24th February

    A strong NW wind had been blowing with intermittent hail showers and sunny spells. The high tides of late were falling back a little, but still at 9.1m. Travelling along the coast road from Kirkbride towards Anthorn we were on the lookout for Goose and Swan activity in the area. As we approached Cardurnock...
  • Blog Post: Photo highlights of the last week, 19 -26th February

  • Blog Post: Movement on a high Spring tide - 20 2 15

    T'was a beautful sunny morning with a strongish SW wind. Long before the high tide, skeins of Barnacles had been coming along the Estuary. It was forecast to be a 10.3 m tide - one of the highest of the year but the SW wind probably would not push it too far up the marsh. Skeins of Barnacles...
  • Blog Post: Want to get involved in conservation? Why not try residential volunteering!

    Due to my interest in all things conservation, last summer upon catching wind of the potential for a week's(!!) volunteering at an RSPB reserve I was naturally excited and intrigued - this seemed like a great opportunity to see what working with wildlife's really like. So, as soon as the opportunity...
  • Blog Post: The birds still keep coming - Part Two

    In spite of the high pressure gloom of recent days, the birds keep coming. Now is one of the best times of the year to see flocks of waders and particularly wildfowl here at Campfield and its surrounding Solway area. Wigeon,Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler are notable on the Reserve wetlands. Lapwing...
  • Blog Post: Tips on learning to identify birds by their songs and calls

    For about 2 years now I have been learning to identify birds by their songs. Before I started taking a real interest in this, I could pick out a few - robin, blackbird, etc, but I wasn't really taking a huge effort to learn the more obscure calls you hear - even in the back garden. So, why learn...
  • Forum Thread: On Lovely but dull and dump Sunday morning on the reserve

    To start we begin walking with Birdwatching for all group where on herony corner we saw about 9 herons along with a few goldfinches. we continued all though the woodlands to little bridge where regulars will its you see close ups of all birds including the our Robin, we had seen two nuthatches. then...
  • Blog Post: #Showthelove

    Staff at Rye Meads made green hearts today to support the Climate Coalition's #showthelove campaign, all about the things we love in nature and making sure they are not lost to climate change. You can read more about the idea here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/390517-stephen-fry-emilia-fox-alison...
  • Blog Post: The birds still keep coming . . .

    In spite of the high pressure gloom of recent days, the birds keep coming. Now is one of the best times of the year to see flocks of waders and particularly wildfowl here at Campfield and its surrounding Solway area. Wigeon,Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler are notable on the Reserve wetlands. Lapwing...
  • Blog Post: A round-up of recent sightings.

    The volunteers went out to count all that paddles, dives and dabbles on the wetlands for the month Webs count. Duck numbers are lower than average at the moment and spread out across the site. Probably due to the recent freezes and low water levels at present. Increasing numbers of Gadwall and Mallard...
  • Blog Post: Getting Out There - An Eventful Day Volunteering in Abernethy

    Swish swish swish. My waterproof trousers protest as I try to keep up with the small, strange and mighty army that is scattered through the woods.Iam surrounded by mainly over 40 year olds, clad in just t-shirts and a tatty-strapped pair of bins’ as if to say “I could do this with my eyes...
  • Blog Post: Activity in the mist - 8th February

    It started as a rather unpromising day with a thick mist over the Reserve and Estuary. At 1.45pm, we could just to say detect small skeins of Barnacles passing west along the shoreline. High tide was due at about 2.30 pm which is when this sort of movement usually occurs, so we concluded that the mist...
  • Blog Post: A snowy end to January.

    29th January Snowed heavily overnight which left a good covering of snow in the morning. Inspite of a strong westerly wind blowing, a hardy workparty turned out for a gorse coppicing detail on the saltmarsh. Some comfort would be gained from the bonfire which they soon got burning.There was very little...
  • Blog Post: January records of wintering wildfowl and waders at Campfield - amongst other things.

    Flock of 2000+ Barnacles viewed from Campfield Lonning looking NE, 29 1 15 (credit - U Reungsuwan) Good numbers of wintering duck, geese and waders have been reported from the Reserve this month. The most spectacular sightings for us birdwatchers were on those days where the highest tides of that...
  • Blog Post: To Konik or not to Konik..... that is the question

    .. Since we got our first Koniks nearly four years ago there has been a lot of discussion around the native breed issue and why we are not using native horse/ponies. Before we made the decision to get Koniks we did an awful lot of research as to which would be the best breed for us. First and foremost...
  • 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: Wintery Wildlife Tips

    Winter is a beautiful time of year. With all the fallen leaves, muddy puddles, bare trees and holly berries there is so much natural beauty to draw us outside. So what are you waiting for? Wrap up warm and head out for an explore! Busy exploring! – David Tipling (RSPB-images) Below...