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  • Blog Post: Summer Walks at Radipole Lake

    Radipole Reedbed Ramble Monday 4 July to Monday 12 September 2.30 pm-4.30 pm Price: £3 per person Booking essential Join us for a guided series of walks and activities to help you feel comfortable & confident in the outside environment. We'll be enjoying the natural habitat...
  • Blog Post: And the winners are....

    We're very excited to be able to announce the winners of our Doric Meadows Poetry Competition that we ran as part of the Save our Magnificent Meadows project. There were three categories in the competition – 11 and under, 12 to 18 years, and 19 and over – which closed on 30 May. The...
  • Blog Post: The benefits of being a warden

    One of the joys of being a warden is being on the reserve in the early mornings. I noticed this female Marsh Harrier on the gauge board in the Wildlife Watchpoint cut this morning as I entered the hide. Ed brought the reserve camera and managed to get this shot as I slowly opened a shutter. Just...
  • Blog Post: Come and see the Avocet chicks

    We have week old Avocet chicks in the Saltholme Scrape in front of Saltholme Hide. Come and see them before they grow up !
  • Blog Post: Juicy insects

    Good weather in June means juicy new insects about. Black-tailed Skimmers have emerged from the Main Lake and are sunning themselves on the paths. When Dragonflies first emerge, they are pale and weak and need about 3 weeks of nice weather and munchy food to mature. In this state they are called ‘teneral’...
  • Blog Post: A career in conservation? Why not!

    Since last July I’ve been a voluntary Warden Intern at RSPB Otmoor. The position was advertised as a way to get all the training I’d need to be a nature reserve warden. It’s certainly delivered on that but there’s so much more that’s come with it. I’ve been trained...
  • Blog Post: Poster: Recent Sightings - WE 18th June, 2016.

  • Blog Post: Peanut etiquette

    You can tell what is feeding in the Wildlife Watchpoint Mouse House by looking at the mess left behind. Wood Mice shell the peanuts, leaving the shell intact on the floor, and then run off with the nice white nut. Bank Voles simply rip the shells off in the bowls and leave lots of bits in the bowl. Common...
  • Blog Post: A bit of ruff

    On Wednesday, we went out in the ranger to monitor the breeding birds on the central wet grassland. Although we do seem to have lost a few chicks here and there, generally things are looking quite good. We have 7 fledged Avocets from 3 nests, with another 7 well feathered. There are 14 part grown Avocets...
  • Blog Post: Sightings at Lodmoor and Radipole Lake, Early Summer 2016

    Lodmoor had the best of the recent sightings. A booming Bittern was there from 8th May although it's gone quiet now. Other highlights include up to 10 species of waders including Black Winged Stilt (10th May), summer plumage Knot and Grey Plover, Little Stint, lots of Whimbrel and a couple of Avocet...
  • Blog Post: End of May 2016 - more like 'flaming June'.

    26th May. Overcast day with slight drizzle after lunch. Did not inhibit the birds however. Tawny Owl seen flying and lots of young birds about. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS. Visitor - Oystercatcher in front of the hide. Stonechat (3 or more) by the farm and off the boardwalk. NVH - Snipe chipping in...
  • Blog Post: Review - Sunny days of mid-May 2016

    9th May. Hot sunny day but with a strong easterly wind blowing. Goldfinch. Lots of Green-veined White Butterflies flying today. Red Admiral on the Lonning. Large Red Damselfly, male. Grey Heron on wetlands. Cattle on the saltmarsh with high tide roost beyond. Moorhen...
  • Blog Post: Brown Bee Orchid is Back!

    The Brown Bee Orchid is back with us again this year! It was found a few days ago a short distance away from last year's plants. I took these photos on the Buddleia Loop this morning. I counted 4 Bee Orchids this morning, all with different markings on the lower lip. Southern Marsh Orchids...
  • Blog Post: 10 things you can do with a spoonbill bill

    1 - Eat soup 2 - Row a boat 3 - Play tennis (sort of) 4 - Wedge a door open 5 - Prize a fence rail off (it might break) 6 - Throw a small pancake 7 - Remove a bicycle tyre 8 - Keep some loose screws 9 - Put loads of sugar in a cup of tea 10 - Easily win an egg and spoon race...
  • Blog Post: Orchids on Radipole Lake

    In the last week Radipole Lake's Orchids are starting to appear on the reserve. This morning on my walk round, I found two Bee Orchids on the Buddleia Loop and one Southern Marsh near the bridge going towards the North Hide. No reports yet of our famous Brown Bee Orchid ( Ophyrus apifera var atrofuscus...
  • Blog Post: Chick food ?

    It’s been a bad week for creatures of all kinds out there. The newly emerged Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies must be wondering why they emerged in the middle of winter, and of course if there are no insects about, then there is no bird food, and even seed eating birds feed their chicks on insects...
  • Blog Post: Here they come

    It’s May which means as well as singing birds and woodland flowers, it’s time for Dragonflies, and in particular, the emergence of Four-spotted Chasers at the Dragonfly Ponds. But with the cold weather in April, things in the Dragonfly world are a bit late. So I was delighted on Tuesday,...
  • Blog Post: Nature-friendly farming brings its own rewards: A focus on the Ouse Washes

    May is one of my favourite months of the year - spring is in full swing, 50% of the weekends have an extra day in them, and the days are getting noticeably warmer and longer. For wildlife-friendly farmers, it's a great opportunity to see and hear the benefits of their hard work as birds start to...
  • Forum Thread: My Swallow Migration Animation!

    Hello all! Seeing as the swallows have come back or comming back from Africa from their great migraion, here is my animation in contribution to their return! Any feedback would be awesome, but if not, sit back and enjoy the short video! If the attached link doesn't work, you can use this one https...
  • Blog Post: Poster: Recent sightings, 9th - 20th May 2016

  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Radipole Lake and Lodmoor

    Spring has been slow starting this year but we are now getting reports of cygnets and ducklings on both reserves. The Cetti's and Reed Warblers are continuing to be noisy in the reedbeds and butterflies are starting to be seen more frequently. Today's sightings include the Common Blue, Holly...
  • Blog Post: 8 legs and curved beaks

    You know when you’re out monitoring Lapwing nests and staring hard down binoculars and a telescope looking for chicks amongst tufts of grass, and you see an Avocet with 8 legs ? Well after checking that Avocets aren’t in any way related to spiders, I deduced that there must something...
  • Blog Post: Early May sightings

    2nd May. Rained during the morning. Sunshine and showers after lunch. Male Bullfinch put in an appearance to brighten up the day . . . . . . with a female close behind. MP reported: " 70 Black-tailed Godwits viewable from the hide - a bit distant but looking superb despite the...
  • Blog Post: Black Winged Stilt and Booming Bittern at Lodmoor

    It is waderfest over at Lodmoor now! A number of species are can seen including up to 100 Dunlin, Knot, Grey Plover, Common and Green Sandpiper, Bar Tailed Godwits and Whimbrel. The waders are now looking their best in their stunning summer plumage. The Terns have arrived including the rarer Little Tern...
  • Blog Post: One of his Terns

    It’s been an exciting week for migrant birds. This includes a Great Reed Warbler which is currently hiding in the reeds by the Allotment Pool. It generally sings (I use that term loosely) at dawn and dusk, although it grunted and squawked with it’s teenagers voice breaking throat at about...