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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Enjoyable walk on the farm - 1st May 2016

    In spite of continuing inclement weather, the temperature is improving gradually. Today was a point in case: rain all morning and drizzle most of the afternoon! Birds didn't seem to mind however, and were out in force. A strong SW wind was blowing but the Lonning hedges provided good shelter and...
  • Blog Post: Our elusive special bird

    We’ve had to wait longer than normal this spring, but Garganey have once again returned to Saltholme. Fewer than 100 pairs of Garganey breed in the UK, so our 5 pairs last year make this a special bird for us. We estimated that those 5 pairs produced 5 fledged young, which is not very productive...
  • Blog Post: Crofting and conservation - celebrating 50 years of a very special partnership

    This year, the RSPB celebrates 50 years of giving nature a home on the Balranald reserve in North Uist. Bringing together an important partnership between crofting and conservation, read more from RSPB Scotland's Stuart Taylor here Machair habitat on RSPB Balranald (image: Chris Gomersall,...
  • Blog Post: A Vote For Bob Is A Vote For Nature

    Election time is looming in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Politicians are dusting off their manifestos, the public are gearing up ready to cast their votes, and Bob is back on the campaign trail. You may remember Bob from the 2015 general election. He is a small red squirrel and his aim is...
  • Blog Post: Poster: Recent sightings - Week ending 29th April 2016

  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake Ducklings Toddler Group

    Ducklings Toddler Group Dates: Friday 13th May, Friday 10th June, Friday 8th July Time : 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost : £5 per child: includes organised session, juice drink and a hot drink for parents/guardians Radipole Lake presents a new nature themed toddler group for the under...
  • Blog Post: A few more items from the month: 20 - 31 March 2016

    20th March. A sunny dawn and very still. Clouds had a westerly drift to them. Teal landing and looking resplendent in the sunshine. Pair of Greylag on hide Pool. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS COL - 40-50 Golden Plover, 5 Little Egret, 2 Greylags, small flock of Linnets, 2 Bullfinch, Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: Avocet still with the Oystercatcher flock - 25th April 2016

    View of Oystercatcher flock from Campfield Marsh as the tide was starting to make. After not having seen the Avocet for over a fortnight, it suddenly popped up again this afternoon. It had been a morning of sunshine and showers - some of them with hail. A cold strong NW wind was blowing and...
  • Blog Post: Brilliant Bird Snaperoos!

    Like last Friday, it is a dull wet day at Radipole Lake. From the Discovery Centre though, many Swallows and House Martins are darting across the lake. Two Little Egrets landed at the far end of the reed bed, a Water Rail was pottering among the reeds near the Coot which was sitting on her nest in front...
  • Blog Post: Sounds of Spring

    Get up early to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring! Led by an RSPB Guide, you'll find out about the creatures that live and breed on this unique urban reserve. Sunday 1st May 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. RSPB Members £6, Non-Members £8, Children £2 Meet at RSPB Radipole...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Recent sightings, Week ending 15th April 2016

  • Blog Post: A Spring day on the Reserve - 16th April 2016

    One minute Spring sunshine . . . . . . and the next rain and hail showers. Nevertheless birds were about in plenty attending to their seasonal tasks. A walk along the marsh front and the onto the farm was pure joy. The hedgerows were full of birdsong. Some birds were still attracting mates...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Pin Badge display at the Solway Wetlands Centre, Campfield.

    Image - Marjorie Hutchin. Marjorie and Neil Hutchin ( West Cumbria RSPB Local Group ) run the local area RSPB Pin Badge Scheme which raises substantial funds from donations, for the RSPB (charity). You can see from the above, that the badges include birds you might see on this Reserve - as well...
  • Blog Post: Moth season is here!

    Exciting times here at Arne as finally, after the clear and crisp nights of the winter months, humidity and clouds have returned once again to our night skies. This means one thing and one thing only... Moths! The traps have been dusted off, bulbs replaced where needed, and dodgy electrics ignored by...
  • Blog Post: If it's broken, fix it!

    Image: Shepherding black-faced sheep at Kinnabus (rspb-images.com) That is just what the Scottish Food Coalition would like to see for our current food system. This coalition is supported by organisations from across the environmental, health, social justice and farming sectors including the RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Black-tailed Godwit flock on the farm

    For the last three days, a flock of Black-tailed Godwit have been utilising the wetlands in front of the hide. Yesterday's numbers had increased to 33. They look spectacular in their Summer plumage and it is good to see them using these meadows which, over the last few years, have been carefully...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Springtime activities 2016

  • Blog Post: More March pictorial activity.

    11th March. After a frosty night a milder misty day ensued. New gatepost to Discovery Field by kind permission of SWLPS - part of this year's installation in the locality. A new addition to the Picnic area. Frogspawn in the Discovery Pool. Swalesdales from Hawswater RSPB Reserve...
  • Blog Post: Avocet and Oystercatchers at high tide.

    10th March 2016 . As an Avocet is a rare visitor to the Reserve (only the third time recorded here) and the high tide at noon would be bringing the Oystercatcher group it was associating with closer to shore - I decided to go looking for it. It was being seen regularly along the tide line from...