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  • Blog Post: Early June review.

    1st June. A cold strong SW wind was blowing for most of the day with intermittent sunshine and showers.. Swallows were hunting in the lea of trees in the hamlet, until the rain cleared later. A pair of Pied Wagtails were also hunting - coming back and forth with beaksfull of insects. Swallows...
  • Blog Post: Red-throated diver webcam

    It seems after wowing the world last week, our red-throated divers have become camera shy. Well not quite.. the adult birds have actually just done what comes naturally and taken the chicks away from the nest. Although the chicks can swim not long after hatching they won't be able to fly for a...
  • Blog Post: Pyramidal Orchids and Bug Hunting

    The Pyramidal Orchids are now in flower here at Radipole Lake. I counted twenty plants on my walk this morning and I am sure more will appear in the next week or two. They can easily be seen after the kingfisher gate, about 50 paces on the left hand side of the path on the way down to the North Hide...
  • Blog Post: Campfield Workparty Summer BBQ - 25th June

    Although a dullish morning to start off with, the workparty soon got down to a number of tasks before the event: hedge trimming, planting round the muddy margins of the pond and ragwort pulling. In the meantime, Dave and Stephen were getting the barbeque fired up in the Discovery field. Soon the smell...
  • Forum Thread: Monday 29/06/2015 - Minsmere Glory

    Nihao? Another day spent at glorious Minsmere in the sunshine. This time my friend Pat wanted to tag along, so couldn't "lurk" by the bushes for too long waiting for wildlife to pop out. Also met Christine there again who keeps saying "I'm off home now...." but never gets...
  • Blog Post: A mid-summer walk, 23rd June

    It had dawned a bright sunny day – perfect for a walk around the Red Route. So starting out through the Discovery field which Stephen had recently mown a wide track through. We were amazed at the number of different flowers now coming up in the Wildflower Meadow. Bumblebees and butterflies were...
  • Blog Post: Second Brown Bee Orchid found at Radipole Lake

    I went out on the reserve this afternoon to check on the progress of the first Brown Bee Orchid to make its appearance this year. Another flower was in bloom. The plant had clearly had many visitors since I first found it as the area had been trampled and some 'gardening' had taken place. I searched...
  • Media: Getting the hang of it

    Young Mute Swan taken on 21st June 2015.
  • Blog Post: Can marine planning deliver protection AND prosperity?

    This is a copy of a blog post I've done for our EU partners in BirdLife Europe, examining how spatial planning at sea can deliver for the environment and economic prosperity, particularly renewables and meeting our climate change targets. Remember to add your voice to over 250,000 others calling...
  • Blog Post: Campfield Bioblitz - 29 to 30th May 2015. A personal perspective.

    As part of the 24 hour BioBlitz which started at 7pm on Friday night, I arrived at the Wetlands Centre to collect a recording form and get the lie of the land. Norman was manning the Bioblittz Hub at the Centre, already set out with a bank of microscopes, computers and heaving with identification books...
  • Blog Post: Open Farm Sunday and other visitors to Hope Farm

    One of the real pleasures of working at Hope Farm is showing visitors around. Many of our visitors are specifically invited due to their areas of work, influence or interest such as the visit by Farming Minister George Eustice MP last autumn at a crucial time during negotiations about future agri-environment...
  • Blog Post: Sightings towards the end of May.

    17th May Strong north-westerly wind blowing. High tide about midday running at 9.5 m LOGBOOK ENTRIES Whimbrel, Blacktailed Godwit, Lapwing, Heron, Willow Warbler, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Canada Goose. 18th May Much warmer today although the NW wind was brisk with sunshine and some hail...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 1st March – 31st May 2015

    There have been many ‘highlights’ as there always are this time of year with spring migrants such as swallow and willow warbler arriving at the reserve at the beginning April, followed by grasshopper warbler, sedge warbler and whitethroat all arriving a couple of weeks after. Now another...
  • Blog Post: Hidden Gems - Wildlife Species in the UK Often Overlooked

    There are some species in the UK that are completely overlooked, or often, shrugged off as common or even pests. These are the species you never see on posters, or the front cover of nature magazines. The species smeared with the term “common” in the field guides. For some serious naturalists...
  • Forum Thread: Deer Get Cocky!

    This male Chinese Water Deer was spotted just in front of Tower Hide last Friday (6/6/15) but didn't want to be photographed. He rushed passed the hide and cheekily stuck out his tongues at the photographer!
  • Blog Post: Spotted Flycatcher sighting - 5th June 2015

    Was wandering about our damson orchard, adjacent to Campfield Marsh Reserve, this evening - trying to track down the source of a squeaky, scratchy call with intermittent clicking notes. As young birds are now fledging had thought that perhaps it was one calling for food. However, eventually the call...
  • Blog Post: Wildflower Update

    It has been warm and sunny on Radipole though it did cloud over for a while in the afternoon. The Purple Heron over at Lodmoor has now moved on but today three Little Egrets came to visit. They were joined by Grey Herons and Black tailed Godwits. The Marsh Harrier was seen from the North Hide. ...
  • Media: Little Egret near 360 Hide

    A little Egret in the stream by the 360 Hide at RSPB Frampton Marsh
  • Media: Canada Geese with Goslings

    2 Canada Geese with Goslings at RSPB Frampton Marsh,03 Jun 2015
  • Media: YellowHammer2

    A Yellowhammer on the branches by the feeders at RSPB Frampton Marsh,03 Jun 2015
  • Blog Post: Mid May - waders, swallows and damsels . . . amongst others.

    10th MAY At 7.50am on a dull damp morning a group of some 25 Swallows could be seen hawking in front of the hamlet and under the tree at the top of the saltmarsh. Presumably there had been a hatch of insect there and they were taking advantage of the bonus. Link to YouTube video - Swallows Hawking...
  • Forum Thread: Minsmere's Bitterns

    Bitterns are very popular amongst Minsmere visitors, but far from the only species of wildlife that visitors come to see. There are over 5,000 species of wildlife that either are resident or visiting this magnificent and very large site. Below we can see a female Marsh harrier flying over the marshes...
  • Blog Post: Radipole's Exotic Species: The Brown Bee Orchid

    June is traditionally the peak time of year for our bee orchids which appear on both Radipole and Lodmoor. Radipole has become well known for the 'Atrofuscus' or 'Brown Bee', a variety of bee orchid which I first discovered in 2008. (The very first atrofuscus which I discovered is my...
  • Blog Post: Radipole's Exotic Species: The Hyposinga heri Spider, last seen in the UK in 1912

    Radipole volunteer, Allan Neilson, discovered this spider, Hyposinga heri on one of his surveys at Radipole . Though this species doesn't have a common name, the female spider in Allan's photos has become known as "Harriet". Below is Allan's account of his discovery : On 28-May...
  • Blog Post: Radipole's Exotic Species: Bee Eater and Purple Heron

    Bee eaters were heard at Radipole last Sunday, 24th May. It was heard again over on Lodmoor on Tuesday 26th May. Last year they bred successfully on the Isle Wight. In 2002 they bred for the first time in the UK since 1955 in the Durham village of Bishop Middleham, near Sedgefield. Over on Lodmoor...