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  • Blog Post: John’s ramble round the new loop walk on a sunny Spring afternoon – 19th March 2015

    Broken Willow - pond above the Wetlands Discovery Zone. Starting along the Lonning from the Wetlands Centre, there were lots of colourful Teal in front of the 1 st Meadow Pool screen. At the 2 nd screen on the right, a Teal was being harassed by a very irate Little Grebe, huffing and puffing and throwing...
  • Blog Post: A still, hazy day has its rewards - 17th March 2015

    A still, hazy day on the Solway - Campfield Marsh. After an dull morning and an early high tide, the sun gradually broke through at about 2pm. We took a walk to the hide and were pleasantly surprised at all the activity on the way. Good numbers of Teal were swimming on the floodwater on either side...
  • Blog Post: Wetland Discovery Day - Saturday 28th March, 2015

  • Blog Post: March news from the Reserve and environs.

    A wintery start to the month with snow showers along the Solway. 2nd March. Fairly strong cold westerly wind producing snow showers of blizzard proportions on occasions. However the snow didn't lay for long. Good numbers of tits, finches and tree sparrows were feeding avidly at the various...
  • Blog Post: Trip out to the Solway in late afternoon sunshine - 11th March 2015

    Thank you Mike Porter for this contribution:- "Nice trip out to Solway in yesterday's late afternoon sunshine. Thousands of Pinkfeet in fields either side of road between Whitrigg and Anthorn - very calm and settled. Stroll out to Campfield hide where it was good to see several Pintails...
  • Blog Post: High Spring tides of 22 - 23 February, 2015 - a pictorial account

    Large cumulus clouds - a precursor of things to come perhaps! ( 21 2 15). 22nd February Whereas the height of the high tide forecast had been greater during the previous few days( up to 10.3 m), the SW winds had not been so strong. Today, however, strong NW gales pushed the water well over the...
  • Blog Post: Visit to the Reserve on a Spring day

    Thank you John Howard (from Hawick) for recounting your visit today (4/3/15) and sending photos below: "What a nice change today after the stormy weather of the last few days. While the wind was moderate and still cool it was nice to see the sun. It was this that tempted me to spend the afternoon...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 11 - 28 February 2015

    The weather for the majority of the period certainly suggested that it was still very much winter but there were hints by the end of Feb that Spring may not be too far off. The star bird of the period was definitely the drake smew that graced the reserve from 17 Feb onwards, primarily showing on the...
  • Blog Post: Sightings from the Reserve - 4th March

    Thanks John Howard for the following observation after visiting the Reserve mid afternoon:- " I met a man who said he had just seen a Yellowhammer but it didn't show itself for me. I then went and spent a couple of hours in the hide and while there were plenty of ducks in view, I didn't...
  • 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...