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  • Blog Post: School Visits to RSPB nature reserves

    Have you booked a school trip for your class yet? Bring your pupils to one of our fantastic nature reserves and have a great day out exploring a wide variety of habitats and all the fascinating wildlife that lives there. All our programmes are linked to the curriculum and provide plenty of hands-on exploration...
  • Media: Avocet

    Avocet - Taken on the 26th April 2015
  • Blog Post: Further early April highlights - a photodiary.

    Good to see both female and male Great Spotted Woodpeckers about. 5th April. Early morning mist. Little Grebe and Canada Geese across the Meadow Pools. Linnet on arable field near farm . . . . . . and Meadow Pipit too. Hawthorn coming into leaf. Several pairs of frogs seen...
  • Blog Post: Measure for Measure

    Today, two important consultations for marine conservation close in the UK. Firstly, there is the consultation on the proposed second tranche of English Marine Conservation Zones (all 23 of them), which fills in some of the biggest gaps in the network. We’ll have a separate blog about this in due...
  • Blog Post: Why not try the 'Red Route'- certainly a walk with a difference!

    . . . and so we did. The day had dawned bright and sunny, with virtually no wind - a change from the uncertain weather of the last week or so! A good day to explore the new extension to the existing routes across the farmland. This addition would take us out from the new loop walk (the Yellow Route)...
  • Blog Post: One day brightened up what turned out to be a dull end to March.

    25th March . . . and this was it. Inspite of the low temperatures overnight, the morning dawned sunny. A walk onto the Reserve saw Stephen with the digger installing a table near the new pond for ponding dipping purposes. Lesser celandine, which like sunny conditions, were flowering now - such a cheerful...
  • Blog Post: Photo diary, 19th - 24th March 2015

    Here are a few highlights when this page was closed due to RSPB maintenance work. 19th March. A morning of thick mist developed into a sunny still afternoon. A Buff-tailed Bumblebee was seen buzzing round the hamlet gardens in the sunshine.. Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee. 20th March. ...
  • Blog Post: Nuthatch - 4th April

    PS. First seen by Roger and Brian, volunteers, whilst on duty in the Wetlands Centre. Also seen again, in the same place, yesterday (5/4/15).
  • Blog Post: The Little Grebes return

  • Blog Post: Happy Easter!

    After the wet and stormy weather of the last few days, yesterday dawned calm and sunny. We felt some exploration of the marsh was in order after the recent ravages of the strong winds and high tides. So, setting forth along the marsh road which satisfyingly overlooks the estuary, we were most gratified...
  • 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...