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  • Blog Post: A walk in the blazing heat of a Campfield summer's day - 27th August 2016

    On such a glorious day how could one not take advantage of the sunshine and see what was alive on the Reserve. A recent poster needed to be installed in the Wetlands Centre foyer and I knew my volunteer friends would be there welcoming all, so with a quick scan along the estuary to survey the ebb...
  • Blog Post: A mixed week ending 12th August, 2016.

  • Blog Post: The End of Season Oysterbeds Report 2016

    So, the sun finally decided to show itself just as the Langstone Harbour breeding seabird season 2016 draws to an end. There have been ups and downs, and plenty of new arrivals along the way. Here is a run down of how the Hayling Season has shaped up this year: Black-headed gulls If one...
  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake's Furry Critters

    We have been lucky enough to see sightings of some of our more elusive shy furry creatures on both our reserves and we have photographic evidence thanks to some of our visitors. Photo Credit: Fox Images by Nicki Maslen The Fox has been seen from our Discovery Centre window several times...
  • Blog Post: Even more mouths to feed

    The UK Tree Sparrow population crashed dramatically between the 1970’s and 1990’s. There were 30 times more Tree Sparrows in our countryside in the 1970’s than there are now. Tree Sparrows feed their young on invertebrates of wetland margins, and so here at Saltholme, our mosaic of...
  • Blog Post: Discover the wild wonders of an old oyster farm...

    Today it is time for the end product of a lot of hard work and patience to be shifted out of our little Langstone Harbour office, and out onto the Oysterbeds reserve where it should be. On the office floor ready to roll. I am pleased to say that the Oysterbeds Discovery Trail has now been...
  • Blog Post: Brexit - what does the future hold for farming?

    Posted on behalf of Senior Policy Officer Tom Lancaster We’re often told by politicians at Westminster that ‘Brexit means Brexit’; but what does Brexit actually mean, and what does it mean for farming, land use and nature? Cattle grazing in cirl bunting habitat (RSPB-images...
  • Blog Post: The benefits of the anti-predator fence

    Last year we had an electric anti-predator fence installed around 26ha of the central wet grassland, south of Paddy's Hide. This was primarily intended to prevent Foxes taking Lapwing eggs. Last year in this area, 9 pairs of Lapwing only managed to fledge 5 young. Then came the winter rains and the...
  • Blog Post: M4 Motorway Diversion Campaign: a notice to campaigners

    Guest blog by Laura Cropper, RSPB Cymru Senedd Advocacy Manager If you took part in our M4 campaign action back in May you may have received a number of letters/ emails from the Welsh Government or the consultants who are tasked with communication around the public inquiry. You do not have to do anything...
  • Blog Post: Butterfly Bonanza - 6th August 2016

    This innocuous patch of Creeping Thistle, at the top of the saltmarsh, held a big surprise! The day was warm with intermittent sunshine but a strong SW wind was blowing. This patch of thistles, however, was sheltered from the wind by Scargavel Point. Every time the sun came out so did the butterflies...
  • Blog Post: All of a flutter.

    A walk along the Lonning and back via the Blue Route at the height of Summer is pure joy. The arable fields here are ablaze with colour and a hive of activity as butterflies, bees and insects utilise this rich source of pollen and nectar. These fields have been planted up with crops to provide seed...
  • Blog Post: A round up of our summer show season for 2016

    August heralds the winding down of show season for us, and this year has been as busy as ever for the agriculture team. We’ve been all over the UK to talk about nature-friendly farming, and it’s a great way for us to catch up with friends in the farming world, hear about issues and successes...
  • Blog Post: There's movement in the air - end of July 2016.

    Most recent poster in the Solway Wetlands Centre.
  • Blog Post: Fish surveys, fledglings and photography opportunities

    So the end of our Black-headed gulls time at the Oysterbeds is now drawing to a close, with once downy, fluffy chicks now grown into fully fledged and flying adults. This fluffball-to-fledgling process takes a mere 35 days – just think of all the additional time humans would have if it were that...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Week ending 22nd July 2016

  • Blog Post: Saltholme Hide the place to be

    Saltholme Hide is the place to be just now as there are over 30 noisy Black-tailed Godwits in front of the hide, along with Ruff, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and our very slowly developing Avocet chick. Black-tailed Godwit by Mark Stokeld And on the way to the hide, make sure you see the first of...
  • Media: Some less cyber inclined flappy things... Mating Common Blue Butterflies

    Polyommatus Icarus – AKA Common Blue Butterfly
  • Blog Post: Some highlights -12th to 30th June 2016.

    A rural scene across the Buttercup meadows.. As the warm weather continued, although with some rainfall, young birds and butterflies were very much in evidence on the Reserve. Young Tree Sparrows, Chaffinches, Blue; Great and Coal Tits were numerous. Greenfinch (3 juvs), Bullfinch(3 juvs), Robins...
  • Blog Post: Hope Farm: the return of the fat bird of the barley

    Regular readers of this blog will be well aware of the fantastic success that we have had at Hope Farm with increasing key farmland breeding bird populations since 2000: skylarks quadrupled, linnets quintupled, yellowhammers doubled, lapwings, yellow wagtail and grey partridge all colonizing the farm...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Lily Pool, 16th July 2016

  • Blog Post: Nocturnal Wildlife

    I have always loved watching nocturnal animals, When I was younger and living in the middle of the countryside, a tawny owl would come and perch on the huge sycamore tree outside my window, and its eerie calls would keep me awake at night as I strained my ears, trying to hear which direction it was coming...
  • Blog Post: Poster: Marsh Fritillary sightings.

  • Blog Post: It's a small world

    Being out and about on the reserve doesn’t mean always having to look for birds. Look down and around and there’s usually something moving about whether it’s crickets, ladybirds, bees, butterflies or bettles. Black and yellow longhorn beetle by Kate Thorpe Lesser stag beetle...
  • Blog Post: Nature needs us to do more to cope with climate change

    Different news on climate change: a new climate risk assessment for the UK is published today, by the Committee on Climate Change. Yes, it’s rather gloomy reading – yet also a spur to action. There’s a lot that we can do to avert the worst of the problems, we just need to get on with...
  • Media: Egrets at RSPB Burton Mere

    Beautiful Egrets in the trees at Burton Mere